This activity aims to increase the adoption, scaling up, and use of ICTs and mobile applications for agriculture. A call for proposals, which was launched immediately after the ICT4Ag International Conference 2013, was evaluated and five proposals were accepted.
Activities proposed by partner proposals are currently being implemented across Africa and the Caribbean. All five contracts were signed between July and August 2014 and proposed activities are currently ongoing.
Below are the 5 direct beneficiaries and their proposed activities:
- eLEAF Competence Centre, is a Netherlands-based high-tech company that uses reliable, quantitative data on water and vegetation coverage to support sustainable water use, increase food production and provide environmental protection systems. eLEAFis scaling up its satellite-based information services at the Gezira Irrigation Dam in Sudan to provide targeted delivery of extension services to farmers.
- RONGEAD, is a France-based international network system made up of NGOs, technical specialists, international institutions and businesses that provides market information services. RONGEAD is improving its current initiative and scaling it up through market analysis, training and capacity building, provision of information and advice and delivery of a business intelligence service to improve the competitiveness, profitability and ability of smallholder farmers to manage business risks in food chains in West Africa.
- Syecomp Business Services, is a private sector provider of geographic information system (GIS) services based in Ghana. It is developing a ‘proof of concept’ and exploring business models for the adoption of geospatial technology (GIS/global positioning system applications), dissemination of agro-climatic information and mFarms actor-chain interactions in Ghana.
- The University of West Indies, is a public sector research institute located in Trinidad and Tobago. The university is using its grant to extend and scale up an existing suite of web and mobile applications for small-scale fisheries, called mFisheries. It is also exploring a novel co-management delivery model for ICTs amongst various agents in the small-scale fisheries ecosystem in the Caribbean.
- Yam Pukri, is a non-governmental organisation based in Burkina Faso. It is using the grant to improve the monitoring and implementation of agricultural policies using ICTs, thereby empowering smallholder farmers to contribute to the agricultural and rural development policy processes.