CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation) is presently running an ambitious project to collect ICTs/Apps for agriculture in a database. The database architecture will allow to map the applications along an agricultural value chain and therefore provide all potential actors with easier access to applications that meet their interests and needs. icebauhaus, in cooperation with the UEC Nuremberg, is developing a usability evaluation framework for the existing applications. As a first step, key-applications in the data base are selected to undergo an expert usability inspection to evaluate those applications against usability engineering standards which are defined in norms and internationally recognised usability heuristics. In a second step, the rules were checked by African experts attending the AFAAS-Arica wide Agricultural extension week 2015 in Addis Ababa to verify the expert findings of step one and identify user and domain specific criteria that should be included in the framework.
CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). The activities will be focused on strengthening agricultural policy processes in ACP countries; improving agricultural value chains, especially for small-scale producers; and enhancing information, communication and knowledge management capacities for rural development in ACP countries.