Languages

Farmerline: a mobile and web-based system providing agricultural information to Ghanaian farmers

LisaCespedes's picture
Submitted by LisaCespedes on Mon, 08/10/2012 - 05:36
[Knowledge base item]
Tags:

Farmerline is a mobile and web-based system that furnishes farmers and investors with relevant agro industry content to improve productivity and increase income. Farmerline bridges the information gap between rural farmers and agro-industry sources in two ways:

  • The voice forum: This feature allows farmers to ask questions by calling a toll free helpline (short code). The extension officers are able to answer the questions via a web interface and answers sent to farmers as voice sms.
  • Automated sms Alerts: The SMS will include advice on tackling pests or diseases, agricultural techniques, optimum times to plant crops, available subsidies, as well as weather forecasts, local fairs and crop prices. 
Farmerline won the first and third position in the Mobile Web Ghana Competition and Apps4africa Climate Change Competition organized by the US Department of State respectively.
e-Agriculture