Agricultural Market Information Systems (AMIS)

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Sep 14, 2009
Agricultural Market Information Systems (AMIS) data sheet 4518 Views
Organization that developed the Tool: 
Main Contact: 
Prof. Dr. Åke Grönlund
Problem or Need: 

AMIS proposes to improve the bargaining position of farmers, reduce transaction costs by maximizing returns, contribute to more efficient marketing, provide market information, and assist consumers. Such a system would not only be of use to farmers but also to the government and help to bring the agricultural economy to a more equitable level.

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Brief Description: 

The designed system used actual agricultural data and took into account both the low literacy levels of farmers as well as the limitations of the mobile screens and text capacities. The database design uses simplified codes for the agricultural produce and market operation in Bangladesh.

The proposed commercial system will collect up-to-date market information (via cell phone or computer) fed into a database managed on a SMS Server, which would then be accessible to clients requesting price information for agricultural products via text messaging.

The text messages would both request and receive price information. Market investigators collect up-to-date agricultural commodities prices information from a grower’s – level market on market days and send price information using text messaging over cell phones into a database managed on a SMS Server, which in turn would be accessible to clients requesting price information for agricultural products through a text message request. The system provides full awareness of all parties of prevailing market prices.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a server
Key Features : 


  • Addresses the needs of the individual farmer
  • Provides both voice and text-based SMS
  • Capable of providing historical price information


Main Services: 
Information Resources/Information Databases
Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
Current Version: 
Program/Code Language: 
Number of Current End Users: 
Under 100
Number of current beneficiaries: 
Under 100
Languages supported: 
Bengali, English
Handsets/devices supported: 
Nokia( 1100, 1110, 1112, 1208, 1210, 1600), Motorola (C-110, C-118, Samsung 1200
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