Saturday, 2 April 2016

Smart Planet Case Study by IBM

An interesting case study of Internet uptake of relevance to rural areas was prepared by IBM in collaboration with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI). The focus of the case study was an initiative to track disease outbreaks in livestock animals and farms within food chains.

MAFRI developed a system to identify the locations of farms and animals across the province. This system identifies risks from animal to animal exposure for various diseases.  The system consists of a digital identifier (d-ID) that uniquely marks each animal and farm. It also allows users to track the movement of the animals during their transportation. This d-ID system allowed MAFRI to formulate a response strategy for possible outbreak scenarios. MAFRI has successfully used the system to contain a small outbreak of transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) - a highly contagious disease that can kill young pigs. The outbreak was contained within few weeks affecting only three farms within a cluster in the Southern Manitoba area.

This case illustrates how connectivity enables institutional and technical innovation in agriculture and agri-food systems. MAFRI’s d-ID experience has important economic implications especially as Manitoba is the largest pork exporting province in Canada. Reliable connectivity and access to information in real-time are the key elements for this system to function effectively and efficiently.

More information about this case study can be found by visiting the link below:

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