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On 28 November 2014, Team Farmerline visited the Karikari farms in Kumasi, owned by a group of about 15 farmers. Farmerline’s Value Chain Coordinator, Mr Schandorf Bright, introduced Farmerline’s services to the farmers, who were very receptive and thankful for Farmerline’s visit.
Mr Gyan Richard, a lettuce farmer, was particularly grateful for Farmerline’s timely visit and mentioned that he anticipates the improvement that will be experienced in their production following the adoption of solutions that will be provided via Farmerline’s voice messaging platform. He also encouraged other farmers present to register with Farmerline in order to get quick access to useful information that will help them improve their crop yields and marketing strategies.
The leader of the group, Mr Mensah Akwesi, stated some of the challenges faced by the farmers in accessing markets and purchasing viable seeds, and urged Farmerline to assist them by providing them with useful information on how to solve these problems.
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Farmerline is proudly partnering with the TAHMO Initiative, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft) on a Water and Weather Monitoring initiative that aims to positively impact 10,000 cocoa farmers with the establishment of 40 new weather stations in Ghana by 2016.
It was an exciting week for Farmerline, as the team travelled to Accra from 3-7 November in order to launch a new initiative in partnership with the Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory (TAHMO), an NGO based in The Netherlands that aims to develop a network of weather stations across Africa. The week-long workshop acted as the official kick-off for the TAHMO Initiative, with highlighted events including a widely attended meeting for stakeholders on Thursday, 6 November and participation in the launch of the “Climate Change Education in School” Programme on Friday, 7 November at Accra Academy Senior High.
The goal of the TAHMO Initiative is to establish weather stations across Ghana for improved access to accurate climate data and the sustainable development of agriculture, weather forecasting, as well as climate modelling in Africa. Farmerline will be actively supporting these efforts through offering its innovative voice technology to communicate obtained weather forecasting results to more than 10,000 cocoa farmers and developing educational materials for youth on climate change and effective water resource management. In fact, each weather station will be hosted by a local secondary school in hopes of providing a hands-on approach for the students’ education.
As roughly 60% of Ghana’s workforce is involved in the agricultural sector, the TAHMO Initiative hopes to achieve positive impact through effective monitoring, collecting and storing of ongoing and historical climate data, improvements in food production and harvest predictions. The initiative will begin with a particular focus on cocoa farms, but will eventually expand to other crops and other African countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Senegal.
Farmerline is a proud partner of this initiative and looks forward to utilizing its mobile services to aid in the development of TAHMO’s efforts. This collaborative effort aims to bring a brighter future for Ghana’s agricultural sector and improved education for future generations on the importance of climate change.
To learn more about this new and exciting initiative, see here.
Team Farmerline (Schandorf Bright, Jessica Kaisaris and Amos Wussah) at the 4th Annual Northern Ghana Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Forum in Tamale, Ghana.
On 23 October 2014, Farmerline travelled north from Kumasi to the city of Tamale in order to attend Ghana Grains Council‘s (GGC) 4th Annual Pre-Harvest Forum. The event attracted over 700 attendees, including farmers, buyers, processors, transporters, input dealers, and financial institutions. The 2014 theme was “Connect and Collaborate to Succeed” and Farmerline presented its views on “Using ICT to Access Market Information” during a panel discussion with Esoko, ImagineAD and FarmRadio.
Worlali Senyo, Director of Business Development at Farmerline, concluded the panel discussion with a clear statement encouraging smallholder farmers to embrace ICTs as a beneficial tool for improving farming yields and income.
Within a few short hours, close to 200 farmers had registered to receive Farmerline’s voice calls on weather forecasts, best practices, market data, and location-specific agricultural information.
Team members spent the day speaking with local farmers and discussed opportunities for collaboration with potential partners in areas such as agriculture, health, and gender equality.
The forum proved to be an excellent opportunity for all actors in the agricultural sector to exchange ideas, expertise, and future outlooks.
L’Équipe de Farmerline (Schandorf Bright, Jessica Kaisaris et Amos Wussah) au 4ème ‘Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Forum’ à Tamale au Ghana.
Le 23 Octobre 2014, Farmerline a voyagé au nord de Kumasi à la ville de Tamale pour assister Ghana Grains Council‘s (GGC) Pre-Harvest Forum. L’événement a attiré plus de 700 participants, y compris les agriculteurs, les acheteurs, les transformateurs, les transporteurs, les distributeurs d’intrants et les institutions financières. Le thème 2014 était “Connecter et Collaborer pour Réussir” et Farmerline a présenté son point de vue sur “Utiliser les TIC pour Accéder à l’Information du Marché” au cours d’une table ronde avec Esoko, ImagineAD et FarmRadio.
Worlali Senyo, Directeur du Business Development à Farmerline, a conclu le débat avec un énoncé clair que a encouragé les petits agriculteurs à adopter les TIC comme un outil bénéfique pour l’amélioration des rendements et des revenus agricoles.
Dans quelques heures, près de 200 agriculteurs se sont inscrits pour recevoir les appels voix de Farmerline sur les prévisions météorologiques, les meilleures pratiques, les données du marché et spécifiques à l’emplacement de l’information agricole.
Membres de l’équipe ont passé la journée en parlant avec les agriculteurs locaux et les possibilités discutées pour collaboration avec des partenaires potentiels dans des domaines tels que l’agriculture, la santé et l’égalité des sexes.
Le forum avéré être une excellente occasion pour tous les acteurs du secteur agricole d’échanger des idées, l’expertise et les perspectives d’avenir.