A New Agreement Will Support Tanzanian Farmers Through Mobile Technology

October 15, 2014

Under its first commercial agreement, the Connected Farmer Alliance – a public-private partnership that promotes sustainable mobile solutions for agriculture – seeks to help 30,000 smallholder farmers in Tanzania improve their livelihoods.

Mobile phones, which are becoming ubiquitous in Africa, hold the potential to increase incomes for smallholder farmers. They can deliver agricultural and pricing information, facilitate transactions and promote access to financial services. The Connected Farmer Alliance (CFA), a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development, Vodafone and TechnoServe, aims to increase the productivity, incomes and resilience of smallholder farmers in East Africa by developing and scaling mobile solutions to agricultural challenges.

On Tuesday, the Connected Farmer Alliance announced its first commercial agreement, which seeks to support 30,000 coffee, cotton and cocoa farmers in Tanzania. Under the agreement between the CFA, agribusiness Olam International and mobile operator Vodacom Tanzania, farmers will benefit from agronomic advice delivered via text messages, real-time information about market prices, and mobile money transfer using M-Pesa – a Vodafone service that enhances the efficiency and security of farmers' financial transactions.

The mobile-enabled supply chain will also benefit Olam's business by enhancing communications with farmers, strengthening relationships and improving overall efficiency. TechnoServe business advisors will provide training to farmers as well as Olam staff.

Learn more about the Connected Farmer Alliance's new agreement.

 

Related Blog Posts

 

Women-Owned Businesses Provide Clean Water in Nigeria

Women-Owned Businesses Provide Clean Water in Nigeria

An innovative retail model is allowing women business leaders like Charity Dangana to sell safe and affordable water in their communities.

A New Look at the Cashew

A New Look at the Cashew

Innovations in the cashew value chain provide women the opportunity to become leaders in their families and communities.

Coffee Farmers Combat Climate Change

Coffee Farmers Combat Climate Change

The public and private sectors invest in a partnership to help East African coffee farmers increase sustainable agronomic practices.