mFarmer Fund to bring information and advice to farmers in developing countries

The GSMA, the body that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has launched the 'mFarmer Initiative Fund' with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Here is where the story goes.

The mFarmer Initiative Fund is designed to:

Empowering the poor through sustainable technology solutions

In March 2011,Catholic relief Services organized its third ICT4D event (following conferences in Nairobi in March 2010 and Washington, DC, in September 2010).

The first part of the program was a series of presentations (all online!) that exemplfy the ways that ICTs are being used to reach poor people (including in agriculture).

Some of the presentations include:
  • Mobile Money Transactions and Automating Vouchers for Food Delivery

Mobile applications focus of ICT Update

The December 2010 issue of ICT Update looks at various mobile applications in agriculture.

Esoko receives funding to help sustain support for farmers

Ghanaian technology firm, ESOKO, has received a $1.25 million equity investment from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and the Soros Economic Development Fund.

The investment in Esoko will give smallholder farmers and businesses in Ghana and other African countries timely crop information that can be shared via text messaging, enabling farmers to increase their incomes.

M-Pesa helps Kenyan farmers get insurance claims

An innovative insurance program is coaxing Kenya’s farmers to invest in quality seeds and fertilizer. Relying on the popular mobile money transfer service, Mpesa, it promises to process any claims due to crop loss quickly and safely.

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Extension services through mobile telephony and internet in Kenya

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Montpellier, 28 April 2010. Hedwig Nenkari from the Kenyan Ministry of Livestock Development presents a project of extension services through mobile telephony and internet. She talks about how the project is set up, how it works, what is achieving and the business model behind it.See more at