About Uganda Rice Knowledge Base (URKB)

As a first step towards enabling the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries  is developing national level agricultural knowledge management portals.  The flagship initiative for this is development of an exclusive portal on rice., Rice Knowledge Management Portal.

URKB will serve as an information highway for sharing rice knowledge through latest ICT tools including mobile telephony. It will also help agricultural departments’ ongoing activities in reaching out to the farmers through extension advisory services, in most effective way.

What makes it Special?

The URKB has several global firsts in terms of comprehensiveness and utility. Built on web 2.0 standards, this portal caters to location specific information needs of many stakeholders through IP based customization on 24X7 bases.  Another striking feature of this portal is providing content in local language.

Services Provided by the Portal

The Extension and Farmers domains provide production know how, package of practices, FAQs etc., in English and local languages.  In research domain, various services are provided such as  Intranet, archives of  data (27000 datasets!), communities of practice (CoP), bio-informatics suite, approach papers, India Rice Research Repository (i3R), status papers on rice for different states etc.

This portal is an example of harnessing the enormous potential of ICT strategies to manage the voluminous knowledge in the existing ministry set up.  The vision of URKB is to serve a wide range of stakeholders and help in better planning to realize higher productivity & production of rice through improved knowledge and skill from the portal.

How can you contribute to URKB?

You can upload the content into URKB, irrespective of your institutional affiliation, as a registered user.  URKB Nodal officers will validate and approve your content before it is displayed online.  At URKB, due credit is given to contributors. Before uploading please go through URKB Content Upload Policy available online.