InterPressService recently published an article Development: Make use of African Skills which struck a chord with me.

My take-home message from the article, written as the Third Knowledge Management Africa conference is taking place in Dakar, Senegal: “look within the continent to find solutions!”

To find ways to apply vital information to the basic question of improving the lives of Africa’s people, you need not look beyond the boundaries of the continent.

This statement is a corollary to our thinking in the way we are shaping AGCommons, our program to provide location-specific intelligence to solve real problems.

As the implementation phase is designed we are looking into helping establish a stand-alone, Africa-based,  service bureau organization so that  AGCommons can contribute to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers on a sustainable basis into the future.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. The ancient Chinese proverb goes.

With AGCommons we are looking into empowering the men and women of Africa to use geospatial tools to solve problems they know best!

So to build on the Chinese proverb: with AGCommons we are handing over the ‘nets‘.