Sustaining ICT4D project outputs could be challenging according to Badsar, Samah, Hassan, Osman and Shaffri , 2011; Marais, 2011; and De Zoysa and Letch, 2013, among others. This could be partly attributed to the need for specialized resources and enabling mechanisms for technology recipients to freely operate the tool once the project/funding cease to exist.
“Capacity building through these trainings is in line with the project’s impact pathway and among the keys to project sustainability,” stated Dr. Keiichi Hayashi, JIRCAS collaborating scientist.
The participants gained step-by-step procedures on producing WeRise advisories including file organization, input file preparation, and database management. They also helped improve the WeRise manual for operation and maintenance.
“We appreciate the patience and willingness of the resource person to share her knowledge, and the hands-on exercises,” acknowledged Mr. Job Ramos, PhilRice researcher/training participant, in recognition of Ms. Llorca’s expertise.
The tripartite agreement among IRRI, PhilRice and JIRCAS is an important milestone for the IJCRP on WeRise. WeRise field validations involving rainfed rice farmers in Iloilo, Tarlac, and Nueva Ecija are ongoing.
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