Rural farmers benefitting from ICTs
From market information, to information on pests and diseases, to weather reports, information that is relevant to farmers' specific needs is being increasingly provided by ICTs. In Chile, the DatAgro project uses software to organise relevant content from the internet and pass this on to farmers via SMS messages. Working with 346 smallscale farmers in the Cachapoal Valley, the Mobile Information Project provides farmers with specific information on markets, inputs, technologies, soil conditions, the weather, and cultivation advice.
In Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Niger, the Seeing is Believing project uses satellite images to give farmers information about the size and shape of their land and fertility of their soil. Using the satellite images, scientists at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) interpret the information from very high resolution imagery (VHRI) to build an accurate map of each farm. Each farmer is then given images, maps and data that relates to their fields. With this knowledge, farmers are able to plan which crops should go where and determine how much fertiliser and seed they need.
Date published: April 2010
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