The fact that most farmers in developing countries have mobile phones is an opportunity to provide mobile-based extension services that address key issues faced by the smallholders. Multiple technologies such as SMS, voice messages, installable applications and the web can be combined in order to equip farmers with a diverse range of agricultural extension services.
In a bid to increase access and use of critical services by smallholder farmers in Kenya, the Eastern Africa Farmers' Federation (EAFF) has been implementing market-oriented agricultural e-extension and advisory services through their e-Granary mobile platform. South-south technical co-operation of the platform has been supported by CTA, the Pan African Farmers Organisation (PAFO), and AgriCord since January 2018.
With a target group of smallholder farmer members of EAFF’s national organisations who produce grains and staples for domestic markets, the project has two main components:
- Access to agricultural extension services via mobile phones by 10,000 smallholder farmers (cumulatively);
- Capacity building and knowledge management.
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