In the past few months many exciting new developments have happened within the Lyantonde Internet Center Project. Currently, Project FOCUS and our local partner ICOD Action Network are working together to create a three year sustainability plan for the center, as well as working on a plan to fuse together the permaculture work in Lyantonde with ICT training and internet use.
Ahabwe Michael, the executive director of ICOD Action Network, was recently in the United States on the Bold Food Fellowship, learning practical skills on conservation farming, sustainable agriculture, and permaculture principles. During his visit, Ahabwe also found time to speak about food security at the Jane Addams Hull House at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and about ICOD Action Network, the internet center, and challenges the town of Lyantonde is currently facing on Worldview with WBEZ’s Jerome McDonnell.
During Ahabwe's visit, Project FOCUS and ICOD Action Network met and had excellent discussions on the future of both the internet center and permaculture training in Lyantonde. The internet center is doing well, with an average increase of 12% customer usage per month since its opening. The next step Project FOCUS and ICOD Action Network have decided to take is to create a plan to use the internet center and information access to crop prices and sustainable agriculture to supplement the permaculture and conservation farming training that will take place within several different communities in Lyantonde.
Staff member Madelene Pario was also recently in Lyantonde, taking a closer look at the outreach potential of the internet center, and staff member Seva Gandhi is headed to Lyantonde in a couple of weeks to work with ICOD Action Network on future programming plans.