New mobile alliance for 500,000 farmers

MOBILE

|
Image: By Technoserve
New mobile alliance for 500,000 farmers

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Vodafone, and TechnoServe have launched a new partnership to increase the productivity of smallholder farmers in Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

The Connected Farmer Alliance will leverage mobile phone-enabled solutions to improve supply chain efficiency and increase farmers’ ability to access secure, timely payments and other financial services. 

The partnership will reach more than 500,000 smallholder farmers by expanding the use of mobile financial services pioneered by Vodafone’s existing mobile money platform, M-Pesa—a highly successful SMS-based money transfer service already at scale in Kenya where 15 million people exchange USD850 million via the system every month. Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania are priorities of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and home to Vodafone affiliate companies.

Vodafone and TechnoServe will work with farming communities and supply chains in these countries to develop and scale mobile applications that enable rural households to transfer and receive payments securely, access other financial services, and facilitate linkages to local and multinational agribusinesses, especially those looking to serve smallholder farmers working in Feed the Future priority value chains. 

“Smallholder farmers across the developing world face obstacles that prevent them from increasing their incomes and strengthening food security, including limited access to the credit, new technologies, local markets and the latest agricultural information,” said Raj Shah, Administrator of USAID. “This partnership represents one step in reducing these barriers and is part of USAID’s deep commitment to delivering meaningful results that address the root causes of poverty and hunger.”

Vodafone’s Group External Affairs Director, Matthew Kirk, said: “Small-scale farmers in emerging markets are both vulnerable and vital: without a steep increase in their productivity, it is hard to see how future generations will avoid global food shortages. Mobile is already transforming hundreds of millions of people's lives in ways unimaginable only a decade ago. Working with partners from other sectors allows us to take that transformation to some of the toughest challenges facing international development.”

"It’s critical that smallholder farmers have access to services that allow them to manage transactions, receive payments, access credit and increase their savings,” said Bruce McNamer, President and CEO of TechnoServe. “Mobile technology offers a rapidly growing platform to give farmers access to these services. At the same time, mobile money can make it easier for other players in agricultural value chains to connect to farmers more efficiently. The Connected Farmer Alliance will help unleash the potential of mobile solutions to transform agricultural markets and create new opportunities for smallholder farmers.”

Vodafone is also a key partner in the recently announced G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a commitment by G8 nations, African countries and private sector partners to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through inclusive and sustained agricultural growth. 



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE MOBILE NEWS

African wireless to benefit from Fortinet’s Meru acquisition

Enterprises looking to boost their wireless network security, capacity and control are set to benefit from Fortinet’s pending acquisition of Meru Networks, says the Fortinet Africa team. Read More

BlackBerry makes $137m from software, technology licensing in 3 months

BlackBerry Limited this week reported its financial results for the three months ended May 3 this year, showing earnings of $137 million from software and technology licensing revenue. Read More

Broadband a GDP enabler: MainOne

Broadband has a key role to play as an enabler to increase employment and grow GDP, MainOne CEO Funke Opeke told the recent Commonwealth Broadband Forum held in Abuja. Read More

BICS reports explosion in LTE roaming

BICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, says it has witness a rapid increase in LTE roaming traffic over its market-leading IPX network.  Read More

BlackBerry Leap launched in Nigeria

BlackBerry Limited has launched its latest device, the BlackBerry Leap, in Nigeria.  Read More

Late night mobile car searches skyrocket in Ghana

80% of new car customers and almost 100% of used car customers begin their car shopping experience online, often late in the evening via mobile, says online vehicle marketplace Carmudi.  Read More

Smile Communications selects Ericsson for 4G/LTE managed service

Ericsson is to manage operations and maintenance for Smile Communications in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More

Airtel names Yaya Toure as new brand ambassador

Bharti Airtel Africa has announced Yaya Touré as the new African face for its upcoming continental campaign.   Read More

Q1 mobile subscriptions in Africa hit 910m

In Q1 of this year, total number of new mobile subscriptions in Africa moved up to about 910 million including 21 million new subscriptions, the latest Ericsson Mobility Report has shown.   Read More

Infinix Mobility showcases Zero 2 smartphone in Nigeria

A leader in the manufacturing of trendy smartphones, Infinix Mobility Limited, has unveiled the Infinix Zero 2 smartphone into the Nigerian market. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

IHS plans to inject fresh $500m to grow capacityIHS plans to inject fresh $500m to grow capacity

Mohammed Darwish, managing director of IHS Towers, says the firm will soon inject another $500million into the business after raising some $2.5billion to finance expansion drives. Darwish spoke with biztecafrica.com in Lagos.

IN DEPTH

As curtain falls on MDGs, what next?As curtain falls on MDGs, what next?

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.