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 Monday, January 08, 2007

Dear ITU-D SG2 Rapportuer?s Group Q10-2/2 members,

A Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2007 to all of you.

By the kind invitation of Indonesian Administration, RGQ10-2/2 will hold the meeting in Badung 26-27 March 2007 together with the workshop on ?disaster communications? 28 March, and RGQ22-2/2 on ?disaster communications? 29-30 March.

Taking this opportunity , I would like to invite you to actively participate in the e-discussion which was approved by the last ITU-D SG2 meeting in autumn 2006. Also I would encourage you to contribute case studies to the forthcoming meeting using the format in the following ITU-D website http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/CDS/gq/sgq10-2-2.html as approved by the said SG2 meeting. Your input could make the forthcoming meeting productive and beneficial. Indonesian Administration is now collaborating with BDT for facilitating as many delegates as possible to participate in the meeting including provision of fellowship for the LDC participants.

The following is the new arrangements to facilitate the e-discussion members to participates in the e-discussion on 10 different topics authorized by the SG2 meeting(Ref. SG2 and RGQ10 report http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/study_groups/SGP_2006-2010/SG2/SG2-index.html ). Mr. Yukio Miyoshi(contracted consultant with the BDT e-strategy unit) and myself in collaboration with IT department of BDT and under the support of Mr. Alexander Ntoko are promoting e-discussion according to the work plan of the Q10-2/2 for the period of 2006-2010.

Q10 Group has the web log page at http://www.itu.int/ituweblogs/ITU-D-SG2-Q10/ since last year. Some of the participants to E-discussion might find using the web log not appropriate for their working environment. Access speed to the internet is insufficient, or may not check the web log pages frequently.

We established a E-mail distribution address, q10fora@pj9.so-net.ne.jp, for automatic distributions of your inputs to all participants. These inputs could be a simple opinion, an input to be posted on the Weblog, or any other e-mail, so long as those documents are supposed to be read by the E-discussion participants. Please do not send e-mails which are personal or intended to be received by the part of the E-discussion group, because the redistribution of your e-mail through q10fora@pj9.so-net.ne.jp is automatic.

E-mails thus sent to the above address will be distributed to the current participants of about 70 people, including your e-mail address. The contents will be later posted on the Q10 web log page by administrator (Mr. Miyoshi). If these automatic mails should be sent to your different E-mail address or if you prefer not to receive it, please let me know at kawasumi-yasuhiko@s3.dion.ne.jp.

This new feature will supplement the Weblog functions for easy confirmation of what discussion is going on. Also we expect this facilitates exchange of opinions by using normal e-mail correspondence method among all the registered participants.

 

Yasuhiko KAWSUMI

Rapporteur for Q10-2/2 on ?Telecommunications for Rural and Remote Areas?

kawasumi-yasuhiko@s3.dion.ne.jp

(Yukio Miyoshi, Contracted administrator, ymiyoshi@pj9.so-net.ne.jp)

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 Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Submitted for Topic 1, Topic 3, Topic 5 and Topic 8B

 

Agricultural Information Project for Farmers of the Chancay-Huaral Valley

 

The pilot scheme in the Huaral Valley, 80 kilometres north of the capital Lima, aims to offer the valley communities up-to-date information on agricultural market prices and trends.

 

The Agricultural Information Project for Farmers of the Chancay-Huaral Valley also provides vital links between local organizations in charge of water irrigation, enabling them to coordinate their actions.

 

The non-government organisation Cepes (Peruvian Centre for Social Studies) led the $200,000 project, also backed by local institutions, the Education and Agriculture ministries, and European development organisations.

 

One of the institutions which supported the project was the Agency for supervision of private investments in telecommunications, in spanish the ORGANISMO SUPERVISOR DE LA INVERSION PRIVADA EN TELECOMUNICACIONES known for short as OSIPTEL. This Agency manages the Fund for Investment in Telecommunications ? FITEL which is dedicated for telecommunication developments in rural areas and those of social interest.

 

The communities comprehend more than 13,000 rural inhabitants, as well as 18,000 students in the region, that also benefit from the telecommunication infrastructure.

 

The 14 telecentres uses only free open source software and affordable computer equipment and was officially inaugurated in September 2004.

 

Summary: HUARAL VALLEY NETWORK

 

·         14 telecentres: Two in the city, with ADSL link to the national network

·         12 interconnected through Wi-fi equipment.

·         Radios: AIRNET Bridge 11 Mb WATERPROOF/POE High Power. Band: 2.4 GHz.

·         Wi-fi aerials built locally

·         One high-spec server in each centre

·         IP Telephone Swith Allti-X

·         Telephone adapters (ATAs) and accessories

·         HP Proliant ML 110 Server

·         Average five low-spec computers in each centre

·         Training as a key factor for the success of the programme

 

The Board of Irrigation Users which runs the computer centres, aims to make the network self-sustainable within three years, through the cash generated by using the telecentres as internet cafes.

 

One of the key elements of the project is the Agricultural Information System, with its website www.huaral.org , where farmers can find the prices for local products, as well as information on topics ranging from plague prevention to the latest farming techniques.

 

The system also helps the inhabitants of the Chancay-Huaral Valley to organize their vital irrigation systems. Water is the main element that unites them all. It is a precious element in Peru's coastal areas, because it is so scarce, and therefore it is necessary to have proper irrigation systems to make the most of it.

 

The information network also allows farmers to look beyond their own region, and share experiences with other colleagues from the rest of Peru and even around the world.

 

The involvement of the farmers has been key in the project's success. Throughout the last years, the people have provided a vital thrust to the project; they feel it belongs to them. The community training sessions, attended by an equal number of men and women, have been the perfect showcase for their enthusiasm. There was an excellent response, mainly from young people. But there were also a great feedback when trained 40 or 50-year old women, who were seeing a computer for the first time in their lives.

 

So far, the Huaral programme promoters say the experience has been very positive, and are already planning on spreading the model among other farmers' organisations in Peru.

 

This is a pilot project, and organizations responsible are thinking of its replication in other places.

 

As another development worth of mention arose as a necessity of one of the localities included in the project, named Cuyo, a 50-family community with no electricity, it was necessary to build a mini hydroelectric system in order to generate 2kW worth of power for the computers, the communications equipment and the cabin lights.

Jorge Mesia  - Peru

 

References

1) FITEL Project documents

2) ?Wi-fi web reaches farmers in Peru?, by Roberto Belo, BBC News website technology reporter, BBC News world edition (Web), 15 December, 2004, 09:26 GMT

 

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 Monday, October 31, 2005

Topic 8A: Indices and Indicators in Rural Areas.

 

 

The conditions in rural areas, in certain countries, differ to the conditions in zones of great urban development. In many cases special geographic and social characteristics, centers populated dispersed with little population density require of special strategies to be able to understand the problem and of this form to find the best solution possible. The indices and indicators thought from the reality of the rural areas constitute an important tool like part of these strategies.

 

Facilitator 8A: ALVAREZ Rodolfo, 28 September 2005

 

Spanish Text:

 

Las condiciones en áreas rurales, en ciertos países, difieren en gran medida de las condiciones en zonas de gran desarrollo urbano. En muchos casos características geográficas y sociales especiales, centros poblados dispersos con poca densidad poblacional requieren de estrategias especiales para poder entender el problema y de esta forma encontrar la mejor solución posible. Los índices e indicadores pensados desde la realidad de las áreas rurales constituyen una herramienta importante como parte de estas estrategias.

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Document Submission Procedures
for E-discussion forum forQ10-1/2
"Communications for rural and remote areas"

10 October 2005

1 General
E-discussion forum for Question 10-1/2 on the topics as defined by ITU-D Doc. 2/283 Rev1
has been approved by the ITU-D SG2 meeting in September 2005 and will be conducted by
the support of the focal point for Question 10-1/2, i.e. the BDT Secretariat E-strategies
Unit-IsAP Programme 3.  It will continue until the next WTDC-06.
E-discussion forum will be mainly conducted via internet on the weblog page of ITU-D
website. To participate in the e-discussion forum, it is requested to register and submit their
names, e-mai address, etc. to the e-strategy unit of the ITU BDT by the application form as
attached. E-discussion forum is conducted by the following registered participants withthe
roles as defined below;facilitators, authors, general participants and the administrator.The
method of conducting the e-discussion and contact information for inquiries and posting
inputs are also given below.

Topic 1: Community Development
Topic 2: Developing Support for Small Businesses
Topic 3: Rural technology for Social infrastructure-
Topic 4: Emergency Support & Disaster Mitigation
Topic 5: Sustainability/Reliability/Effectiveness
Topic 6: Environmental Monitoring / Protection
Topic 7: Economical Viability
Topic 8: Any Other Comment

2 Facilitator
- Leads the discussion by contributing periodic entries(inputs) on his Topic and posting them
on the forum site.
- Checks comments given by participants on his/her entry.
- Reviews the documents contributed by Authors and post them on the forum site.
- Reviews and authorizes the documents contributed by Participants. Post the authorized
documents on the forum site.
- produces the final report on the topic of his/her responsibility as output of the
E-discussions.
- Coordinate with Administrator and members for the topic of his/her responsibility

3 Author
- Actively join the discussions by contributing entries. Authors are authorized to post the
entries, by sending them to the facilitator for the topic.

4 Participants
- Participants are registered members of the E-discussion forum for each topic.  They need to represent ITU-D members.

- Facilitators and Authors are also participants.

- Participants read the entries for each topic and make comments and send them to the facilitators concerned or may post them directly on the forum page concerned. Participant may, if so wishes,  also contribute a full input by sending his document to the topic Facilitator for his review, approval and posting as an entry.

5 Administrator
- Coordinate the activities with Facilitators, ITU BDT E-strategies Unit and Rapporteur,  for
smooth running of the E-discussion forum, including the maintenance  of weblog software.

6 Method of posting entries(Inputs)

At the start, we will use the method (1), a manual method, which is the easiest for Facilitator. 
Other methods could be used as options to choose by Facilitator, when they are available
without problems.(at this moment they are being tested)

Alternative 1)  Posting by Administrator
- Facilitator simply sends the document by e-mail to Administrator at:
yukio.miyoshi@itu.int
- The document should contain at the end, the writer's name and the document
category(ies); it will be used to classify the document by Administrator

Alternative 2)  Direct posting by Facilitator
- Facilitator accesses the weblog software and log in for posting the document.
- Facilitator will be given the log-in name and password.

7 Access to the site
To access the e-discussion weblog site, log in at either of the following URLs from your
browser.


http://www.itu.int/ituweblogs/ITU-D-SG2-Q10/

http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/study_groups/SGP_2002-2006/SG2/Edis/

8 Topic Categories
All the entries(inputs) are classified into categories: topic1 to topic8. There is a category
"notices" for administrative entries.

Category "Q10" is the general category, which is related from topic1 to topic8.

To see only the entries on a particular topic, click that topic on the right hand side.

9 To return to home page(HP)
To go back to the home page, click the title "ITU-D Study Group 2 Question 10".

10 Making comments online
Click "comment" under each entry, then type in your name, e-mail address and your
comment on the entry.

Then type in the 5-letter code displayed at the left end, and click the submit button.
(note: at this moment, when click the submit button, some error message appears.
Disregard it and click return button of the browser and continue. Your comment has been
properly sent.)

11 Submitting your entry to facilitator
By the permission and possible editing by the facilitator, you could put your observation or
opinion as an entry. Please send your document by e-mail to the topic facilitator. The list of
facilitators is on the forum site with category = notice.

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For registration form, click here.

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Administrator

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