I would suggest that you investigate radio modem technology. While
this may mean somewhat more investment up front than normal telephone
modems, it is a lot more sustainable because you have no transmission
costs. Given the telecoms infrastructure in Ethiopia, this is
probably the only way to reach remote areas, except for satellite,
which is prohibitively expensive.
Please let me know if you would like more information on this.
By the way, is FAO involved in your EWS? If not, perhaps it should
be. FAO has a lot of experience in this area.
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Sent: 04 April 1997 20:52
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Subject: Early Warning System of Ethiopia
Here in Ethiopia we are restructuring and strengthening the Early
Warning System (EWS) at the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
Commission. The Ethiopian EWS is among the oldest operational systems
Africa. Data on crop and livestock condition is reported on a monthly
basis from around 500 districts (Woredas) to the central office.
of the infrastructure and communication problems the data is often
delayed before it reaches the center. This is also true for
meterological data at the National Meteorological Services Authority.
Recognising the problem the government and some donors have agreed to
enhance the data collection process and communications aspect. How
this be achieved? Is there any African country that has experience of
this? I would like to share your views. An important consideration in
the whole issue is that of sustainability. The system we develop must
run even when the donors disappear.