In Uganda, the spread of agronomical information is quite challenging, and the number of extension officers cannot meet the growing demand from farmers who often need immediate assistance. Thanks to innovations in information technology, mobile and web-based platforms are proving to be a huge help...
There are about 500 million small-scale farmers on Earth, and most of them live on less than $1 a day. They’re often separated from larger population centers, or lack the means to educate themselves on specialized farming methods. Internet connections might be less common in the developing world,...
Grameen America announced a collaboration with Citi and Mastercard to provide financial technology solutions that will assist low-income minority women entrepreneurs. The aim is to improve the organization's ability to promote digital financial access. The project will target more than more than 86...
One of the main problems of farmers and people living in rural areas in the developing world is the lack of access to information on health and efficient farming practices. Other media such as Radio and TV, don't have the same reach of mobile phones, which are very widespread in the developing...
Can technology help family famers in the developing world?
The story of Coconut farmers in the Philippines does offer answers to this question. Philippines has more than 3.5 million coconut farmers and most of them are communal farmers.
Most abject poverty in the world is concentrated in farming...
Vodacom has partnered with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German government and Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence Solutions to launch a mobile technology solution to support South African smallholder farmers into commercial agriculture.
KrishiSuchak is a WhatsApp-like app developed by Bangalore-based startup Nubesol Technologies to permit smallholders to message agricultural scientist to ask them for advice on their yields, thus eliminating spatial barriers between extension services. Farmers can send their queries either as text...
From 27 February till 2 March 2017 - the 2017 World Mobile Congress will take place in Barcelona, Spain. Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona.
If you have the occassion to participate...
THOUSANDS of smallholder farmers in the region are set to benefit from a digital platform connecting them to agents, buyers and banks in East Africa.Launched by Mastercard, 2KUZE, as the platform is known, is the latest offering in the region hailed as the cradle of African technology innovation....
Mobile has the most potential to improve the income of smallholder farmers in developing countries in Africa, India and the Middle East. The up take of mobile technology (and mobile penetration rate) for agricultural and rural development in the Global South has been on the increase. Connected...
This is the theme of an article by Ishmael Sunga, the C.E.O of Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017.In his article, he premises that from artificial intelligence, to precision agriculture, to the internet of things,...
In Uganda there are markets that open on different days in various districts across the country and farmers bring their produce to these markets with the hope of getting buyers but this is not always the case. They therefore have to take their produce back home and wait for the following week when...
Mobile money has done more to extend the reach of financial services in the last decade than traditional “bricks and mortar” banking has in the last century. Today, there are 411 million mobile money accounts globally. Moreover, mobile money is available in 85% of countries where the vast majority...
Sustainable Agriculture designates systems in which the farmers realize the goal of efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities,...
Considering the diffusion of mobile devices in developing countries, the USAID agency has supported the development of mobile applications aimed at securing land property rights and encouraging a better land management by using mobile GPS and cloud technology.
"In rural areas, land is the basis for...
The result of a close partnership between GSMA mAgri and design consultancy "frog", the mAgri team is delighted to announce the release of the mAgri Design Toolkit, a collection of instructions, tools and stories to help develop and scale mobile agriculture products by applying a user-centered...
In the article Target Market Segmentation and Education: Comparing agriculture digital payments systems, Lee Babcock talks about a lesser-known digital payment system that was started in Colombia in partnership with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation and the Bank of Bogota.
The initiative that...
Mobile phones have reached some of the most remote parts of the globe. Their rapid spread offers opportunities to improve the lives of small-scale farmers across the developing world. Indeed, companies have already started to capitalize on this trend by using mobile phones to help farmers to access...
The use of ICTs is becoming a crucial tool for farmers in Kenya. They are called “telephone farmers” and they are making use of a growing number of technologies and platforms to improve the choice and the management of the crops.
New technologies meet the needs emerging from the urbanization trend...
This paper establishes the relationship between the rural development in India and the social media networks. The area of rural development in India is as multi- faceted as the country itself and by and large media has affected almost every aspect of rural development. The paper extends the...