Farmers in Uganda receive timely agricultural advice on their mobile phones through a partnership of several organisations and companies. This video published by NOS (Nederlandse Omroep Stichting) includes an interview with one of the farmers making use of the new service. The full article (in Dutch) is available here.
The partnership receives a grant from the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility. The G4AW Facility is a programme from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, executed by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). The programme stimulates partnerships and information services for food producers and promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services.
Information from satellites and other (geo)data, converted to relevant information on climate, weather and hazards, can be translated into agricultural advice for farmers, thus enabling higher crop yields and a more efficient use of seeds, water and fertilizers. Also, farmers will be able to receive early warnings for drought, flooding and/or diseases. Farmers can receive this information through their mobile phones.
Advance Consulting assisted the project partners in writing the project application and business plan for the project in Uganda.
In total, we succesfully assisted three partnerships with their G4AW application:
- Burkina Faso: MODHEM, Mobile Data for Moving Herd Management and better incomes
- Uganda: MUIIS, Market-led, User-owned, ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service
- Bangladesh: GEOBIS, Geodata based information services for small farmers
Another call for proposals for the G4AW Facility is expected to open in March 2017. Please contact Siebren Wilschut for more information.