SEACOM funds app for Tanzanian farmers

VALUE ADDED SERVICES

|
Image: By FAO
SEACOM funds app for Tanzanian farmers

SEACOM has provided funding towards the development and piloting of a new Swahili and English language application for farmers in Tanzania. This falls in line with SEACOM's commitment towards fostering the use of ICT for economic development across Africa.

The mobile-based application is developed by Dar es Salaam-based application services provider Nuru Infocomm and empowers rural farmers by collecting market information and disseminating it to them in real time. Having access to up-to-date commodity prices across a number of major markets in Tanzania helps the farmers to secure the best possible prices for their produce. 

Nuru Infocomm is developing similar applications for conservation to help conservationists look after Tanzania's natural heritage. 

SEACOM's donation will be used to fund training of farmers participating in a pilot project in Shinyanga in northern Tanzania, ahead of a wider rollout of the application across the country. The project to develop the application also has the support of the Tanzanian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing and Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organisation, TATEDO.

Says Anna Kahama-Rupia, managing director at SEACOM Tanzania Limited, "As an organisation dedicated to helping Africa connect to the digital economy, we are proud to support this project from Nuru Infocomm. It is a wonderful initiative that promises to help farmers prosper by giving them access to valuable and relevant information in real-time. The application shows just how technology helps to develop and grow rural economies and change people's lives."

There is an unfortunate dearth of digital content localised for African needs and languages, she adds. Companies such as Nuru are addressing this gap in the market by creating applications rich in local content, designed around the needs of local consumers, and that often provide support for indigenous languages.

John Kagaruki, COO at Nuru, says that his company believes that it can begin to introduce rural users to the web via local applications that are made with their needs in mind. In addition to its immediate benefits, the mobile application for farmers is just one step towards making more use of ICT for rural development throughout Tanzania. Nuru has had a long working relationship with SEACOM, which this initiative builds on, he adds.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE VALUE ADDED SERVICES NEWS

Strathmore, Castalia look to implementation of mobile learning

Strathmore University in Nairobi and Castalia Co of Japan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a feasibility study of “goocus pro” and “goocus 3”, mobile learning platforms developed by Castalia, starting from April of 2015. Read More

Virtual clinic to help monitor medicine intake in Tanzania

The Vodacom Foundation has donated mobile phones to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania to support treatment adherence among patients. Read More

Airtel mobile money service now crosses into DRC, Zambia, Rwanda

Bharti Airtel has launched a cross-border money-transfer service for Airtel Money customers between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda.  Read More

Orange, Airtel enable money transfers between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso

Customers of Orange Money in Côte d’Ivoire can use their mobile phones to send money to customers of Airtel Money in Burkina Faso, and vice versa.  Read More

KCB, Safaricom launch comprehensive new mobile banking product

KCB Group and Safaricom have launched a new mobile banking product with what they describe as the most comprehensive features yet in the market. Read More

M-PESA: Vodacom Tanzania, Safaricom Kenya connect on transfers

Over 7 million M-Pesa customers in Tanzania and over 18 million Safaricom customers in Kenya can now send and receive money from each other.  Read More

Safaricom launches M-PESA Surepay

Safaricom has announced a new service that will allow organisations to track funds sent to beneficiaries via its mobile money solution M-PESA. Read More

EcoSure hits 1 million users

In just two months, Econet’s insurance service, EcoSure, has registered over one million new customers. Read More

Airtel, Visa extend mobile payments to seven countries in Africa

Visa and Bharti Airtel have announced a partnership to bring innovative mobile payment services to seven markets in Africa. Read More

Terragon Group to unveil African-focused Mobile Advertising Technology at MWC

Nigeria-based Terragon Group is set to unveil its dynamic data monetisation and advertising platform, described as a first for mobile in developing markets, at MWC. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

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

FEATURED STORY

2bn priced out of internet access2bn priced out of internet access

A new report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that the price of broadband remains prohibitive for billions in developing and emerging countries, with women and rural dwellers hardest hit.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India. 

COMPANY NEWS

MTN Group Sustainability Report released

MTN Group’s efforts to advance social development in its markets through the integration of sustainable business practices into day-to-day activities, is yielding positive outcomes, the company’s Sustainability ...