ICT/Digital Agriculture

The rural farmer and other actors along the agriculture value chain are handicapped by the lack of information about new technologies. Information and Communication Technologies supporting the development and delivery of timely, targeted information and services can make farming more sustainable. They can also deliver safe, nutritious and affordable food, facilitate market integration and access to finance to make agriculture attractive and profitable.

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Interventions

  •  Krishi Vani: Voice message–based advisory system.
  •  Krishi Gyan Sagar: Data-based information system piloted.
  • ISABELA (Imagery for Smallholders Activating Business Enterprises and Leveraging Agriculture):Satellite images used to delineate land boundariesaccurately.
  • Climate information made available to farmers on mobiles
  • Sowing Application: Essential information relatedto sowing, based on weather data and forecast models, imparted to farmers via mobile app.
  • ICT-based agri-start-ups incubated by ICRISAT begin software development to support FPOs nationwide.
  • App for pest and disease recognition: PEAT Gmbh’s Plantix mobile app customized to ICRISAT’s mandate crops, enabling farmers to identify pests and diseases using their mobile phones and obtain remedial measures.
  • A collaboration with Microsoft to modernize the analysis and visualization of data from the Village Dynamics in South Asia (VDSA) project.

For more information: http://www.icrisat.org/digital-agriculture-pathway-to-prosperity/

Impacts 

  •  Farmers get timely, relevant information about weather, crop markets, etc. via voice messages.
  • Krishi Gyan Sagar facilitates gathering/uploading/sharing of critical information among farmers. Data can be used for creating/monitoring policies and reports.
  • Farmers can precisely identify area and borders of their land using ISABELA, leading to effective management of land.
  • Up to 1000 farmers (33% women) in Northern Ghana accessing and applying seasonal forecast information through ICT and mobile phone technology.
  • Ghanaian farmers easily access and utilize climate information on their mobiles.
  • Farmers in Andhra Pradesh obtain 30% higher yield with timely advisories from the Sowing App.

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