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Technology enabled solution for smallholder farmers in developing countries that improves farming practices and yields.
Vision: Food security for the 475 million smallholder farmers around the world

PROBLEM
Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40% of today's global population. There are about 475 million farms less than 2ha in size. These smallholder farms operate on 12% of the world’s agricultural land and produce 80% of the food that is consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, parts of the world where food security and stable income are still inadequate (Bayer, 2018).

In addition to unpredictable weather conditions that greatly affect crop quality and often wipe out entire fields, farmers rely on traditional farming practices which although effective, are often not the most efficient. They have limited resources to ensure soil health (such as pH) which if managed properly can have a drastic impact on the produce quality. Finally, farmers suffer from a lack of available and easy to interpret information about pest and disease management for their crops. Several farmers have informed PEV throughout the interview process that historically they have used Mortein as a pest management technique which has great implications for the health of their families and other potential consumers of the produce.

 

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Project Summary

FarmEd has explored supply chain management, face to face consulting, drone consulting and agricultural expertise workshops. While there is value in the above products, due to scalability reasons FarmEd now aims to focus on the development of an application. The application, called Govi Nena, provides farmers with tailored agricultural advice. Over February 2019, FarmEd I focused on face to face surveys with farmers to gather feedback about Govi Nena and understanding on pH and soil...

by Josh Blaymires
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  The FarmEd February team began the month with three monthly goals: 1: Launch the FarmEd app in Tetun 2: Set up 20 case studies through B2C sales in the community 3: Establish partnerships with three NGO’s or businesses. The team kick-started the month focusing on goal one. It was decided that continuing trying to progress and scale the project without the app running in the local language was unfeasible, therefore goal one needed to be achieved before proceeding. The team spent...

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Experiment Results

Reference the Experiment Design Post: https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/964140 This experiment will be conducted across two phases. The first phase is designed to qualify farmers who would be a suitable candidate for a case study once the FarmEd app is launched. It will involve selling these farmers an App and Sensor bundle and setting up a communications channel with them.   Lean Phase: Solution (MVP)   Assumption: Farmers are both willing and able to afford...

by Jemima Crawford
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Experiment Results

EXPERIMENT DESIGN POST =  https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/1018630 Lean Phase: Solution Assumption: There is a demand for the application and farmers are seeking information that can be found in the application. RESULTS Key Outcomes: This experiment surveyed a total of 47 people from 9 villages, to determine what farmers would potentially use the application for. Conclusion: Results have been summarised in the following table.   Most popular response...

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Experiment Design https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/933260 Lean Phase: Solution (Offer Testing) Assumption: Fijian farmers understand what pH is and why it is useful in regards to their farms and receiving tailored information. RESULTS Key Outcomes: Out of 47 farmers interviewed about pH and its importance in growing crops, only 8% attained a score of over ¾. Conclusion: Score 0/4 1/4 2/4 3/4 4/4 %...

by Nadia Owuor
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Experiment Results

Experiment Design https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/933260 Lean Phase: Solution (Offer Testing) Assumption: Fijian farmers understand what pH is and why it is useful in regards to their farms and receiving tailored information. RESULTS Key Outcomes: Out of 47 farmers interviewed about pH and its importance in growing crops, only 8% attained a score of over ¾. Conclusion: Score 0/4 1/4 2/4 3/4 4/4 % of farmers...

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Experiment Design Post: https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/933220 Lean Phase: Solution (Sales) Assumption: Farmers are willing and able to  either buy the application or sign MoUs for future purchase RESULTS Key Outcomes: Pitched PEV and the FarmEd application to a total number of 63 farmers, resulting in 39 signed MOU’s, as well as 4 successful cash sales and downloads. Conclusion: Approximately 61.9% of farmers are interested in purchasing the application....

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