The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) was established in 2011 to work with the Ethiopian Ministry of
Agriculture to make the country's farming more productive and efficient.
During the organisation's early life, it was important for people to be able to find colleagues, see a photo and learn about their interests. We produced a kind of organisational Facebook to serve this purpose with an intelligent search system that made suggestions of similarly spelled names.
It was also important to be able to store and search for key documents. We implemented a repository that enabled users to search for relevant material using keywords and filters. It was possible to upload MS Office documents (.doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx) and PDFs - these are automatically added to the search index.
As the ATA office suffers frequent power and internet outages, we set up the application on a server (with a UPS) on the local network at ATA's office in Addis. We worked with ATA's systems administrators to build their capacity so that they can support the application locally.