Solution by: Farmerline
Voice- and SMSBased Agricultural Tips to Farmers Farmerline bridges the information gap for smallholder farmers in West Africa by making agricultural data easily accessible through voice- and SMS-based mobile phone services.
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SOCIAL Farmerline’s services are accessible regardless of literacy level. Their specific focus on female farmers also helps bridge gender gaps.
THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE
ENVIRONMENTAL Bringing information to farmers via technology reduces the environmental costs associated with government agents traveling across the country to deliver live training workshops.
Smallholder farmers living in rural regions typically lack Internet access, training, formal education, and financing assistance. Farmerline is dedicated to solving this problem by developing information and communication technologies that connect farmers with timely and relevant agricultural data such as weather alerts, best farming practices, market prices, and financial or health tips. This social enterprise’s platform allows farmers to receive incoming calls and alerts via SMS and voice services in local languages in order to reach all farmers regardless of literacy levels or languages spoken. Farmers can also make outgoing calls to receive expert advice, while agricultural organizations and NGOs can conduct surveys with thousands of farmers to enhance the services provided to them. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? Farmerline offers a technological solution that not only bridges the literacy barrier in rural smallholder farming, but also reduces the cost of communication and data collection for farmers and organizations working with them, allowing for more prosperous and healthy communities.
ECONOMIC Farmerline educates farmers on regional market prices, allowing them to be more competitive when negotiating sales.
Given the widespread use of mobile phones among rural farming communities in West Africa, Farmerline is a tool to help smallholder farmers – particularly women – become more prosperous by using technology to improve their crop yields and incomes.
“Being social entrepreneurs just happened by trying to make a little change in our corners.” ALLOYSIUS ATTAH, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, FARMERLINE
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Published on May 26, 2015