Bienvenidos al Sistema de Información Agropecuaria MAGFOR
That's what appears on the front page of the Django/Linux-based system that Johannas put together for MAGFOR. There is an article about it on the Linux Journal site. You can, in fact, actually go to the live site and look at the information that is available.
To me, it looks like a first-class system that has been needed for a long time. Having worked in State Government in the U.S. I have an appreciation of both how difficult it would be to get around the "not invented here" politics to implement this and what it would have cost back in 1979 when I worked for the state to implement such a system.
Agriculture is the base of Nicaraguan economy, so effectively managing and delivering information to the people is an essential part of development and also essential in the fight to reduce poverty. SIMAS, an NGO consisting of young Nicaraguan idealists, has tried for a some time to push open source solutions in various sectors of Nicaragua, but so far in vain. "For years, every other project of the Ministry of Agriculture have had one component called 'information system' to it", explains Falguni Guharay of SIMAS, "yet that has never really materialized, as it's hard to find any kind of system that can be easily extended to work with the different kinds of information sources and data that the Ministry deals with".
For you computer geeks out there, take a look at the system. If you have ever been involved in something of this size and general concept, take a SWAG at what it would have cost to produce in the U.S., particularly if it was being done for a state government.