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Grameen Foundation developed FarmerLink, which uses digital technology and field agents to provide farmers with complimentary resources. These include agricultural training via tablets or mobile phones, connections to high-value markets, support for organic certification, early warning alerts for extreme weather and pests, training in financial management and access to finance. The same tool is used across each stage by each partner, so people can see what the farmers need, allowing for better assistance.
Capability and features
Farmerlink geotags farmers and registers their location, allowing them to become part of the early warning system. This triangulates data from the ground to create extreme weather alerts and pest detection, allowing them to mitigate and prepare for these issues in advance. The SMS system is also used to provide advice every two weeks.
Extension workers use Farmerlink to assist with farmer profiling and monitoring their adoption of farm management plans. This transparency makes it easier to give recommendations, which in turn lead to better practices and higher incomes.
Government are able to monitor their own programs and beneficiaries, and use FarmerLink as an early warning system for pests and diseases.
Lenders have access to farmer profiles, dashboards, grouping of farmers, and can monitor their own programs. Lenders can leverage data from other extension workers (such as government and buyers), and are able to better understand their customers.
Progress to date
FarmerLink has reached over 27,500 farmers with their SMS-based agriculture extension service and early warning system, with 70% of the farmers finding the system to be very influential to their farm practices. Partners also saw favourable outcomes in operational efficiency with the introduction of digital tools in the farm inspection processes for certification. A 62% time reduction was gained in the process which meant field inspectors can double farmer visits with the mobile tools compared to current operations.
The Philippine Coconut Authority and Grameen Foundation are in talks to develop a plan to extend the use of FarmerLink more widely in the country. People’s Bank of Caraga continues to use the Farmerlink tool to support their lending operations to coconut and cacao farmers.
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