Due to low productivity and therefore low income, in developing countries agriculture is less and less attractive to youth: many times young people are forced to migrate to urban areas in search of better employment opportunities, leaving the responsibility of taking care of the fields to elder...
On February 25th, GSM Association’s “Mobile Money for the Unbanked” Program (MMU) released the “State of the Industry Report 2013”, written by Claire Pénicaud and Arunjay Katakam.
As a matter of fact, according to World Bank’s Global Findex, in low-income economies only 22% of rural residents have...
We often talk about new apps for agriculture here on e-Agriculture.org and, by now, have covered quite a number of applications specifically designed to help farmers; some connect farmers to the market, others help the fight against counterfeited agricultural inputs, and others still support...
ScieDevNet, on December 10th 2013, published on their website “Radio, mobile phones could boost African farm yields”, an article on the potential of ICTs (specifically, Radio and mobile phone systems) as a tool for improving agricultural production.
As a matter of fact, at present there are many...
Sometimes, the best way to learn and connect with a specific topic is through stories. We can be aware that mobile phones are one of the world's most powerful tools, but we will know in what ways when we see, hear or read the story of a farmer who's livelihood was improved by the use of this tool...
How can we increase a farmer’s resilience to climate risks? One of the most widely used (and most cost-effective) tools in the hands of stakeholders is mobile telephony: for instance, through mobile phones, farmers can receive up-to-date agriculture and climate related information.
But if we...
As of today, an individual working on a small-scale farm in a developing country can benefit from an ever increasing number of mobile applications and tools which would allow them to connect with buyers, sellers, experts, and so forth. Though, it is equally clear that tools per se are not enough...
A new Mobile for Agriculture application has been released: iFarma, recently launched by the Greek company Agrostis, is a farm management application specifically designed for mobile devices.
iFarm rappresent the first agricultural mobile application entirely in Greek.
The aim of the...
In sub-Saharan Africa, a number of startup companies are selling pay-as-you-go solar energy kits. The customers can pay an up-front fee of about $10 for a solar charger kit that includes a two- to five-watt solar panel and a control unit that powers LED lights and charges devices such as mobile...
On December 1st 2013 The World Bank published “ICT for data collection and monitoring and evaluation: opportunities and guidance on mobile applications for forest and agricultural sectors”, a study aiming to assist Monitor and Evaluation (M&E) stakeholders and data collectors in choosing right...
Mobile technology is the ICT with the highest growth rate in developing countries, to the point that more people have access to mobile telephony than toilets [Source: water.org]. In the development sector, stakeholders have realized the great potential of such inexpensive and efficient...
In November 2013, senior executives and stakeholders from the mobile industry and development community joined together at the debut thought leadership event, Mobile for Development Summit, in Cape Town.
Over the two days, attendees participated in morning plenary sessions focused on GSMA's four...
On November 7th 2013, IT News Africa published the “Top 10 mobile agriculture applications”, a ranking of the best mobile tools for farmers, on their website.
Here’s the podium.
The top spot goes to iCow, an SMS-based application developed by Green Dreams TECH to help farmers in...
What kind of information do farmers need to successfully run their business? How do they usually gather the information they need for farming? Would they be prepared to pay to obtain such information via their mobile phones?
The GSM Association, the largest mobile phone operators...
In 2010, the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), partnering with East Africa Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), launched AMITSA, the Eastern Africa Regional Agricultural Input Market Information and Transparency System.
Each of us generates streams of digital information — a digital 'exhaust trail' that provides real-time information to guide decisions that affect our lives. Meanwhile, many countries, particularly in the developing world, have a dearth of information. In resource-poor nations, the public sector...
A recent discovery has been published in Geophysical Research Letters: the temperature of a smartphone battery correlates closely to the surrounding air temperature. For this reason, smartphones can now be used to collect weather data such as air temperatures through WeatherSignal, a crowdsourcing...
A smartphone application called the Lab-on-Mobile-Device (LMD) could offer a cheap way for African farming communities to manage cancer-causing toxins produced by a fungus that grows on crops while building a ‘big data’ set to assist research on outbreaks.
This platform can detect aflatoxins as...
Abstract: Today, use of mobile devices is very common by everyone, including the farmers. Introduction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has seen a keen role in daily life of farmers. Earlier, farmers used to depend on clouds for rains were looking into the Cloud Computing (CC)...
On Wednesday, November 8th 2013, the Ugandan magazine The Independent published an interview by Stephen Kafeero with Sean Krepp, Uganda’s Country Director for the Grameen Foundation.
The Grameen Foundation has seen the potential of ICTs as applied to subsistence agriculture, and is therefore...