In November 2019, the first operational version of DFMS was released for use by the Government of Uganda’s partners. This represented the start of the demonstration phase. The project was running successfully and to plan until the COVID-19 pandemic caused the majority of activities to halt. Uganda, like all countries, went into lockdown and has been hit hard by the economic impact. The project has now taken a different steer, where the consortium will be providing Uganda with the software to run the project moving forward in the first part of 2021.
The product suite can also be used to support water, environmental and agricultural management through reliable and actionable information.
Information is provided through a clear dashboard-style interface that can be used out in the field as well as in the office.
The service is ideal for decision-makers in public and private organisations in the water, environmental and agriculture sectors. It can be used in any region, but has been developed specifically for Uganda and includes a dedicated land cover module for the Karamoja region.
RHEA Group and the DFMS consortium have worked hard to develop a sustainable, user-friendly system to enable the Ugandan agricultural sector to make better-informed decisions moving forward and help combat the increasing risk of floods and droughts. If DFMS can help improve the lives of the farming community and the villagers within Uganda, then this is a project that has been worthwhile.
COVID-19 has had a detrimental effect worldwide, both through its impact on health and through the economic impact for every country. Coupled with the ongoing threat of climate change, these types of projects are fundamental to help developing countries deal with the impact of the changing world. The consortium have all been proud to be part of this project.