RANET (Radio and Internet)Uganda

New Information Technologies for Rural Communication

Climatic extremes such as prolonged dry seasons, droughts, floods, strong winds, have a wide range of brutal impacts, they inflict on rural poor women, men and children whose livelihoods heavily depend on rain fed agriculture systems. The increasing occurrence of these events ultimately undermines poverty reduction efforts undertaken by Government, and various development related organizations both at national and international levels.
Although these extreme climate events are inevitable, fortunately however, farmers can use scientific climate advisories provided by the meteorological department, to make better farming decisions, to fit within the expected events. Access and proper use of this information by farmers, can ensure household food security and minimize the undesirable effects of these events as well as progressing rural development efforts. However meteorological advisories being a perishable good, it’s timely delivery to the rural poor women and men is very critical.

RANET Uganda, is a project specifically designed for rural farmers, to use available user friendly, new information technologies to timely access and use needed weather and climate information as well as any other needed development information. As a strategy to ensure, that the targeted farmers benefit from this initiative, the Uganda Department of Meteorology, implements this project in partnership with organizations that are directly working with farmers, and have shown interest to assist them access and use this information to the farmers. The new information technologies used in RANET include, satellite, satellite channels, digital receivers, adapters, computer, software, internet, websites, development facilitators, development information, FM radio transmitters, and wind up radios.

Partners of RANET Uganda

RANET is a project of multi individual, national and international collaborations with an aim of enabling poor rural farmers use available new information technologies, to timely access and use weather and climate information, as well as other development information.

With support from USAID/OFDA together with NOAA, ACMAD initiated the RANET project in Africa.

First Voice International: provides the ALC Data Channel, used to broadcast the information over Uganda.

On the National level, the Uganda Department of Meteorology implements RANET Uganda in rural communities of Uganda, through collaborative partnerships with World Vision Uganda, Action Aid Uganda and Africa 2000 Network. To date under this partnership arrangements 10 sites have been established with World Vision, 10 sites with Action Aid and 4 sites with Africa 2000 Networks.

Network of RANET Sites
The Uganda Map below indicates locations of rural communities where farmers befit from RANET sites as supported by the partners.
World Vision Uganda, supported sites
Action Aid Uganda, supported sites
Africa 2000 Network, supported sites

Digest of RANET Uganda

As part of the RANET Uganda’s, activities evaluation of whether the targeted women, men and children of rural communities are benefiting from the project, is very essential. While the implementing partners may take the lead, to initiate the evaluation process, we do also encourage independent evaluations by different interest groups. Below you can find evaluation reports concerning RANET Uganda from different interest groups.

March 2004: Progress Report on RANET Uganda with Action Aid
RANET Site, Kalangala

May 2003: Report by UNDP
RANET Uganda as a program with BEST PRACTICES

October 2002: Progress Report on RANET with World Vision
RANET Site, Kati-Arua

April 2002: RANET Report by USAID/OFDA
Evaluation of RANET in Africa The findings in the different reports above indicate the usefulness of RANET project to the poor rural famers.