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 Gyan Sagar, an ICT-enabled application to provide personalized advisories to smallholder farmers.

Krishi Vani is a voice message based agro-advisory for farmers. Using a special SIM card in their mobile phones, farmers can get up to 35 voice messages per week free in the regional  language.

YouTube for the farm: Short videos created by farmers in the local language on topics relevant to neighboring farmers

Eye in the sky: In West Africa, the Imagery for Smallholders – Activating Business Enterprises and Leveraging Agriculture (ISABELA) initiative promotes the use of imagery by smallholder farmers and intermediaries to make agriculture a profitable undertaking, using satellite imagery, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) imagery, ground-based digital sensors, web-2-mobile platforms.

Climate information through mobiles: In Ghana, tailored climate information services are provided to farmers helping in their decision making vis-à-vis climate variability. 

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

Impacts 

Krishi Gyan Sagar

  • Piloted in 4 districts in Karnataka; 10,000 farmers registered.

Krishi Vani

  • Piloted in 171 villages in Telangana and Karnataka
  • Subscribers: Karnataka (200), Andhra Pradesh (5500) and Telangana (1800), benefiting 40,000 farmers.

YouTube for the farm

  • 48% of video viewing farmers adopted the new technologies.

Eye in the sky

  • 300,000 smallholder parcels delineated in two sub-divisions in Mali and Nigeria
  • Spectral, temporal and textural libraries developed for over 10 key crops in West African production systems.

Climate information through mobiles

  • About 1000 farmers (33% of them women) are accessing and applying forecast information
  • Survey showed 97% of farmers willing to pay for access to climate information.

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