SMS technology promoting smallholder farmers community aggregate production
We use basic SMS technology to enhance community based aggregate production for smallholder farmers. Groups of farmers on our platform in proximal geo-locations receive market based demand data driven SMS information advising them on how much to plant, are coordinated to plant at the same time and thereafter harvest together. At harvest each group aggregates all its produce at a centralised collection point making it cost-effective to transport the bulk to the market. This eliminates the need for each farmer to transport their produce independently, a practice that increases cost and reduces profit in agriculture. We work with and encourage the farmers to participate in value add practices like cleaning, pealing, and dicing of potatoes prior to delivery to our customers.The value add allows farmers to earn more and increases their individual household income which is now making agriculture more attractive to youth as an employment option.