ANIC is looking for ideas that will transform the way that African media work. This means that your idea should offer significant and tangible improvements to existing tools or techniques, or should propose new ways for African journalists to gather news, tell stories, engage with audiences, or sustain media organisations.
Ideas that have the potential to be replicated or that could scale continentally will have an advantage.
Crowdsource the cocoa supply chain through a social network for journalists, farmers, buyers and the government.
There are many NGO’s and industry initiatives supporting sustainable agriculture – this project would complement these efforts through a shared platform for documenting the cocoa supply chain.
The cocoa trade in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire has important social and environmental problems, but the supply chain is not transparent, so journalists, advocates, and the government are unable to systematically monitor conditions and aid in remediation.
By crowdsourcing cocoa traceability information (locations of cocoa farms, cooperatives, trade routes, processing sites and ports) this project will make it possible for journalists, NGO’s and governments to monitor and improve conditions on the ground while enabling sustainable, high-quality cocoa production for international buyers. Our approach uses an open web API to collect information from diverse stakeholders across the supply chain (via SMS; Voice; OCR; Email; Spreadsheet; Web), aggregating the geo-data for a real-time view of the cocoa supply chain.
Sourcemap Inc., a US startup specialized in crowdsourcing supply chain data, together with African media partners and farmer cooperatives, and for the use of local and international governments, NGO’s, and international cocoa buyers. Potential media partners in Ghana include HacksHackers, African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting, African Health Journalists’ Association, African Development Journalists’ Association, Africa Interactive and The Statesman Online. Farmers Cooperatives and cocoa buyers are TBD.
We have built sourcemap.com, a social platform for sharing supply chain data with a dashboard for logistics visualization and optimization. The website has an open API that supports storytelling (video, photo, narrative) tied to logistics information (locations, quantities, shipping routes, etc…). See http://vimeo.com/sourcemap/demo for a demonstration. This project will support field research to co-design the user interfaces, software development of the API to include data submitted by SMS/Voice/OCR-scanned ledgers (other media TBD), and a field study with at least one journalist organization, a farmer cooperative, a NGO or government group and an international cocoa buyer.
End-to-end cocoa traceability will be free for journalists, farmers, cooperatives, and cocoa processors. Multinational cocoa buyers, NGO’s and governments will pay to subscribe to the administrative platform used to crunch the numbers and plan strategy. The pilot study in Ghana will inform future expansion into Côte d’Ivoire.