agricultural information

Connected Agriculture: The role of mobile in driving efficiency and sustainability in the food and agriculture value chain

Posted by EKStallings on Oct 25, 2011
Connected Agriculture: The role of mobile in driving efficiency and sustainability in the food and agriculture value chain data sheet 525 Views
Kirk, Matthew, Julie Steele, Christèle Delbé, Laura Crow, Steven Yurisich, Barry Nee, Gareth Weir, Kathryn Brownlie, Oliver Grange
Publication Date: 
Oct 2011
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

This report focuses on the opportunity to improve agricultural productivity using mobile services, highlighting the opportunity to bring new investment to a key group: smallholder farmers. Mobile telephony could have significant potential to help the poorest farmers towards greater food and income security.

Only in recent years that mobile communications technology has been widely accepted as an enabler of sustainable growth. In developing markets, where the deployment of mobile telecommunications networks has surpassed traditional fixed-line technology, the mobile telecoms industry is well-placed as an enabler of higher performance in the value chain. There is a distinct need for market-led opportunities, and the opportunity for mobile operators to deliver these is significant.

The mobile services studied here enable companies to access and interact directly with different participants in the value chain, helping to build visibility of issues, capacity and quality. They will support company sustainability objectives, and in particular, progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goals by helping to reduce poverty, improve health and increase funding for education.

This report aims to stimulate the necessary engagement between mobile operators, governments, NGOs and businesses to realize these opportunities and explore others.


Making Market Information Services Work Better for the Poor in Uganda

Posted by MohiniBhavsar on Sep 18, 2010
Making Market Information Services Work Better for the Poor in Uganda data sheet 1772 Views
Shaun Ferris, Patrick Engoru, Elly Kaganzi
Publication Date: 
May 2008
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

There is growing pressure for farmers in countries such as Uganda to accelerate their efforts to commercialize production in the face of increasing market competition from neighboring countries and across the world. To assist farmers, a new generation of low cost market information services is being developed that takes advantage of information and communication technologies such as FM radios, mobile phones, and internet-based communications systems, to enable farmers to monitor and adjust to dynamic market conditions in local, national, and export markets.

Although there is much interest in market information from farmers, other market chain actors, and service providers, there is skepticism from funding agencies to support such services over the long term, due to past failures. This study therefore aims to evaluate how farmers access and use market information to improve their market decision making. It also evaluates whether there are any advantages of collective action in using market information to improve marketing decisions. This is considered an important point of analysis as virtually all extension plans in Uganda currently use farmer groups as key element of their learning and intervention strategies.

Survey results found that all farmers interviewed were able to access market information through radio and mobile phones. In Uganda, up to 94 percent of farmers interviewed owned a radio and 25 percent of farmers owned mobile phones. Up to 52 percent of farmers indicated that receiving Market Information Services (MIS) had a positive impact on their business, and 39 percent stated that it had a lot of impact in terms of decision making and stabilizing incomes.

A Comparative Study of Speech and Dialed Input Voice Interfaces in Rural India

Posted by MohiniBhavsar on Aug 18, 2010
A Comparative Study of Speech and Dialed Input Voice Interfaces in Rural India data sheet 1672 Views
Neil Patel, Sheetal Agarwal, Nitendra Rajput, Amit Nanavati, Paresh Dave, Tapan S. Parikh
Publication Date: 
Apr 2009
Publication Type: 
Journal article

In this paper we present a study comparing speech and dialed input voice user interfaces for farmers in Gujarat, India. We ran a controlled, between-subjects experiment with 45 participants. We found that the task completion rates were significantly higher with dialed input, particularly for subjects under age 30 and those with less than an eighth grade education. Additionally, participants using dialed input demonstrated a significantly greater performance improvement from the first to final task, and reported less difficulty providing input to the system.

Qton Knowledge

Posted by penunn on Nov 04, 2009
Qton Knowledge data sheet 2823 Views
Organization that developed the Tool: 
Main Contact: 
Phil Nunn
Problem or Need: 

Qton Knowledge helps NGO's provide highly relevant and contextual information to farmers.

Main Contact Email : 
Brief Description: 

Using SMS, the farmers register for the service, providing key information. This enables the NGO to broadcast highly targeted SMS bulletins to selected groups.

Tool Category: 
Is a web-based application/web service
Key Features : 

Contextual SMS Bulletins 

Main Services: 
Bulk SMS
Display tool in profile: 
Tool Maturity: 
Under development/pre-launch
All phones -- SMS
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Organizations Using the Tool: 

Not currently public.

Number of Current End Users: 
None/not deployed yet
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Is an API available to interface with your tool?: