Hi Lishan and others,
It seems a lot is happening around there. It is very encouraging.
How far is Ethiopia from full connectivity.
Do you know if there is any plan to improve the data communication and exchange among the IGADD countries. I am asking this as my research interestes are in
drought monitoring, desertification, pest control and agrometeorology in that part of the world. With out effective data collection and dissimination infrastructure in place, it will be difficult to do a decent work in Early Warning activites.
To me, the internet has a vital role in Disaster Prevention and Prepardness activities. During the Ethiopian drought of 1984-5, I was working in south of Ethiopia, and none of us knew the extent of the disaster till I came to the UK and saw
the horrifying pictures on the BBC. I think it is very important that we imporveor develop a National Interent that extends beyond the big cities into the ruralareas. If there is a national disaster (such as drought,locust) it is more likely to happen in the rural areas.
It is important that we anticiapte such disasters and prepare ourselves
properly. "Prevention is better than Medication" or something like that.
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