Promoting Sustainable Mobile Solutions

TechnoServe, Vodafone and the U.S. Agency for International Development have formed the Connected Farmer Alliance to develop and launch sustainable mobile agriculture solutions that benefit smallholder farmers and agribusinesses. This innovative public-private partnership will reach 500,000 farmers across Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. The three-year program, which started in September 2012, will work to (1) develop business-to-business services to allow agribusiness to increase transparency and lower their cost of doing business with smallholder farmers; (2) design, test, and launch new mobile money services allow rural customers to reduce financial risks and to save and invest; and (3) incubate a new generation of mobile value-added services targeting the agriculture sector in a sustainable way.