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3 Ways to Make Technology Inclusive for Smallholder Farmers

Dave Hale outlines how technology can be used to make farming more inclusive through three critical factors: setting targets, working with local partners, and keeping the end-user in mind.

Editor’s Note: This blog is excerpted from a post originally published at Farming First.

Dave Hale, Director of TechnoServe Labs
Dave Hale, director of TechnoServe Labs

Drones are transforming how farmers go about their work. The agricultural drone market is already a $1.2 billion industry, as drones are helping farmers identify – down to the leaf – how their crops are doing and what steps are needed to improve their yields and reduce their production costs.

But while drones are now commonly seen flying above row crops in North America and Europe, and are starting to find use on large commercial farms in developing countries, they have not yet reached smallholder cocoa, coffee, or cashew farmers in regions like sub-Saharan Africa.

Read the full blog post at Farming First.

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