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Farmerline Hosts Workshops for Women in Agriculture

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The Women Advancing Agriculture (WAA) Initiative builds on Farmerline’s existing technology and business model to effectively advocate for increased gender equality and access to information for women in Ghana.

More than half of the Ghanaian population is involved in agriculture. Yet many female agricultural workers lack sufficient access to work opportunities, modern farming techniques, land ownership and formal financing due to the disparity between gender roles in the household.

As only 29% of women living in the Northern rural regions of Ghana are literate, Farmerline has recently launched the Women Advancing Agriculture (WAA) Initiative, which will send educational voice messages in local languages directly to the mobile phones of female agricultural workers. Audio content will be location-specific and provide actionable information on best farming practices, regional market prices, weather forecasts, maternal health and financial literacy. The goal is to ultimately improve the yields and incomes of female agricultural workers by providing convenient access to education on agronomy, how to gain formal financing, and relevant family planning methods.

On 16-17 February, #TeamFarmerline travelled to the Upper West region of Ghana in order to host three educational workshops for women in agriculture. Farmerline, along with participating speakers from MEDATigo and DKT International, visited the villages of Loogu, Grupie and Nyoli with a vision of effectively advocating the benefits of locally available services for women in Ghana such as mobile money payments, family planning and Farmerline’s educational voice messages on agronomy, health and finance.

180 women participated in the WAA workshops over the course of two days.

Farmerline is anticipating a fast-growing network of female farmers across Ghana this year. To maximize outreach and the number of women receiving educational content, we invite potential partners to contact jessica@farmerline.org

To see the full WAA photo album, click here.

Farmerline was selected to showcase the WAA Initiative at UNESCO’s 2015 Mobile Learning Week in Paris, France on 25 February 2015.

To learn more about Farmerline, visit us at www.farmerline.org or follow us on social media @Farmerline

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Farmer Story #6 – Anna Deblu

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In December 2014, Farmerline and MEDA visited Vida and 40 other female smallholder farmers in the Lambusie-Karni district of Ghana.

Meet Anna Deblu, a soybean farmer out of in Piina, the Lambussie-Karni District in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Through Farmerline and MEDA’s GROW Project, which communicates agronomy audio content in local languages to women’s mobile phones, Anna has been able to increase her soybean production from three bowls per acre to an impressive 40 bowls per acre. She explains how her crops were initially negatively impacted by unpredictable rainfall patterns and insufficient information on the appropriate planting times during her last production season.

Farmerline aims to fill this information void faced by many smallholder farmers by communicating data on weather forecasts, best farming practices, financial tips, and market access directly to farmers’ mobile phones in the form of voice calls. In partnership with MEDA, Farmerline hopes to empower smallholder farmers, like Anna, across Ghana with timely and locally-relevant agricultural data.

Ghana’s growing economy is not evenly distributed amongst its people.  Food security continues to remain a serious challenge due to poor crop yields as a result of, among other things, poor access to improved agricultural information and weather. Farmerline innovative technology is key in addressing this deficit’. – Mohammed Abdul- Fatawu, Value Chain Officer I MEDA Ghana.

Stay tuned as #Farmerline continues to tell the stories of small-scale farmers in Ghana over the upcoming months.

To learn more about the initiative, visit us at www.farmerline.org or follow us on social media @farmerline

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Farmer Story #5 – Vida Baazaantaayele

Did you know that half of Ghana’s female population is in agriculture?

 

Vida Baazaantaayele is a soybean farmer in Piina, Wa. This past farming season, Vida suffered heavily from post-harvest losses due to insufficient storage facilities. Farmerline and MEDA’s GROW Project have launched a partnership in order to educate women in the Northern region of Ghana on food security and sustainable households. The hope is to address challenges such as Vida’s through filling the knowledge gap.

In December 2014, Farmerline and MEDA visited Vida and 40 other female smallholder farmers in the Lambusie-Karni district of Ghana. Workshops such as these are encouraging for women to form their own farming associations, a critical means of support for many women independently working in agriculture. Not only do farming associations allow farmers to collectively negotiate competitive prices, but it also opens the communication lines to provide a greater sense of community among those living and working together in the same district.

Over the course of the workshop, Vida took Farmerline to show her method of drying soybeans. During this time together, Farmerline was able to teach Vida new, simple techniques for storing and drying soybeans in order to reach optimum levels of moisture and greater yields. Techniques included running your hands through the grains and storing grains above the floor.

Vida is one of 110 million African women making a living in agriculture. Farmerline supports small-scale farmers, like Vida, by sending agriculture-related information directly to farmers’ mobile phones in the form of voice calls.

Stay tuned as #Farmerline continues to tell the stories of small-scale farmers in Ghana over the upcoming months.

To learn more about the initiative, visit us at www.farmerline.org or follow us on social media @farmerline

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Farmer Story #4 – Yaw Manu

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Yaw Manu and his 8 year-old son in Old Edubiase, Ghana

Farmerline recently had the pleasure of meeting Yaw Manu while hosting a workshop in Old Edubiase, a rural community in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Described as kind-hearted and hard-working by those who know him, it’s no wonder Yaw was awarded ‘District’s Best Farmer’ in 2012. Constantly on the farm, Yaw grows cabbage, cassava and maize in order to support his wife and 8 year-old son. Born with a birth defect that effects the functionality of his right leg, Yaw remains one of the few smallholder farmers helping to feed his local community.

Before subscribing to Farmerline’s voice messages, Yaw faced great challenges in accessing reliable market information. He has applauded Farmerline’s efforts to bring timely market, weather and agricultural information to small-scale farmers like himself.

Stay tuned as #Farmerline continues to tell the stories of small-scale farmers in Ghana over the upcoming months.

To learn more about the initiative, visit us at www.farmerline.org or follow @Farmerline on Twitter and Instagram.

Yaw Manu et son fils de 8 ans à Old Edubiase, Ghana

Farmerline eu le plaisir récemment par rencontrer Yaw Manu tout en accueillant un atelier dans le Vieux-Edubiase, une communauté rurale dans la région Ashanti du Ghana. Décrit comme chaleureux et laborieux par ceux qui le connaissent, ce n’est pas de étonnement que Yaw a été élu “Le Fermier Meilleur de District” en 2012. Constamment à la ferme, Yaw grandit chou, le manioc et le maïs afin de soutenir sa femme et son fils de huit ans. Né avec une malformation congénitale qui affecte la fonctionnalité de sa jambe droite, Yaw reste l’un des rares petits exploitants agricoles qui aident à nourrir sa communauté locale.

Avant de souscrire aux appels vocaux de Farmerline, Yaw a eu de grands défis dans l’accès aux informations de marché fiables. Il applaudit de efforts de Farmerline à apporter marché en temps opportun, des informations météorologiques et agricole des petits agriculteurs comme lui-meme.

Restez à l’écoute comme #Farmerline continue à raconter les histoires de petits agriculteurs au Ghana au cours des prochains mois.

Pour en savoir plus sur cette initiative, visitez-nous au www.farmerline.org ou suivez @Farmerline sur Twitter et Instagram.

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On the Field with Farmerline Ltd

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Farmerline visiting local farming communities in order to develop relevant products and services.

Every six to eight weeks, the Farmerline team schedules follow-up visits with local farming communities to measure the impact of its services and offer additional training for its mobile technology. These meetings help to ensure that Farmerline’s voice messages on agriculture, weather forecasting, market information, and farming techniques are being successfully delivered to the mobile phones of registered farmers. In collaboration with the regional extension officers, Farmerline is able to organize regular community meetings where team members listen closely to the feedback from farmers and altogether discuss how to develop effective solutions to posed challenges.

In September, Farmerline met with 652 smallholder farmers. This month, the Impact team hopes to make frequent visits to local fish farmers in Kumasi and travel to Tamale in the Northern region of Ghana.

To learn more about the initiative, visit us at www.farmerline.org or follow @Farmerline on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Farmerline visite les communautés agricoles locales afin de développer des produits et services pertinent.

Tous les six à huit semaines, l’équipe de Farmerline visites les communautés agricoles locales pour mesurer l’impact de ses services et d’offrir une formation supplémentaire pour sa technologie mobile. Ces réunions permettent de s’assurer que les messages de voix de Farmerline sur l’agriculture, les prévisions météorologiques, information du marché, et les techniques agricoles sont livré avec succès aux téléphones mobiles des agriculteurs inscrits. En collaboration avec les agents de régionales, Farmerline est en mesure d’organiser des réunions régulières de la communauté où les membres de l’équipe écoutent attentivement les réactions des agriculteurs et tout à fait discuter de la façon de développer des solutions efficaces aux problèmes posés.

En Septembre, Farmerline rencontré 652 petits agriculteurs. Ce mois-ci, l’équipe Impact espère faire de fréquentes visites aux agriculteurs locaux de poissons à Kumasi et puis, voyager à Tamale dans la région du Nord du Ghana.

Pour en savoir plus sur cette initiative, visitez-nous au www.farmerline.org ou suivez @Farmerline sur Twitter et Instagram.

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Farmer Story #3 – The Kubi Family

Farmerline supports small-scale farmers in Ghana by helping them to improve crop yields, bring products to market, and increase selling prices to improve livelihoods.

Meet Appiah Kubi’s family. Appiah and his wife have raised seven children together and own a cabbage farm in the Fomena district of Ghana. Together, they are working hard to meet the rising demand brought on by a recent partnership with a large-scale buyer. Their success has Appiah enthusiastic about the future of his farm’s business.

“Now that Farmerline has linked us directly to big buyers, I am hoping to raise my farm’s income and expand our production,” exclaims Appiah.  “I will be able to pay the school fees of my children and reduce the time they spend on the farm. My son, Joseph, he should be concentrating on his books so he can become a doctor.”

Farmerline is proud to link farmers, like the Kubi family, to larger markets and reliable purchasing partners.

Stay tuned as #Farmerline continues to tell the stories of small-scale farmers in Ghana over the upcoming months.

To learn more about the initiative, visit us at www.farmerline.org or follow @Farmerline on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Farmerline soutient les petits agriculteurs au Ghana en les aidant à améliorer les rendements des cultures, mettre des produits sur le marché, et d’augmenter les prix de vente pour améliorer les moyens de subsistance.

Recontrez la famille d’Appiah Kubi. Appiah et sa femme ont élevé sept enfants ensemble et posséder une ferme de chou dans le quartier Fomena du Ghana. Ensemble, ils travaillent dur pour satisfaire la demande croissante provoquée par un récent partenariat avec un grand acheteur. Appiah est enthousiaste quant à l’avenir de sa ferme.

“Maintenant que nous Farmerline a lié directement à de gros acheteurs, je suis l’espoir de relever le revenu de ma ferme et d’élargir notre production”, s’exclame-t-Appiah. “Je serai en mesure de payer les frais de scolarité de mes enfants et de réduire le temps qu’ils passent à la ferme. Mon fils, Joseph, il devrait se concentrer sur ses livres, afin qu’il peut devenir un médecin”.

Farmerline est fière de relier les agriculteurs, comme la famille Kubi, à des marchés plus importants et des partenaires fiables.

Restez à l’écoute comme #Farmerline continue à raconter les histoires de petits agriculteurs au Ghana au cours des prochains mois.

Pour en savoir plus sur cette initiative, visitez-nous au www.farmerline.org ou suivez @Farmerline sur Twitter et Instagram.

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Farmerline Joining the Fight Against Ebola

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Farmerline Ltd has expanded its innovative mobile services in order to spread awareness of the Ebola Virus and communicate  preventative measures to rural farmers across Africa. 

Ebola is Spreading 

The Ebola outbreak appears to be far from over. As of 29 September, 6,574 cases of the hemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus have been reported in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The fatal virus has ravaged parts of West Africa and this past week, the US Center for Disease control reported its first case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas. While the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other global health organizations have invested millions of dollars to combat the spread of the disease in West Africa, Farmerline has teamed up with local health professionals to send out Ebola prevention tips to over 2,000 small-scale farmers across Ghana.

Farmerline Leading ICT Approach to Ebola Education

Farmerline is a mobile messaging platform that allows businesses and development partners to instantly communicate with farmers in their local language through outgoing voice messages, SMS, and mobile surveys. Today, the Ghanian company is leading an ICT approach to Ebola education with its chain of mobile communication and data collection technologies.

Voice messages detailing the Ebola virus and preventative measures have been recorded by Farmerline in six local languages and sent directly to the mobile phones of over 2,000 rural farmers in Ghana. These voice recordings are open source and freely available online at Farmerline’s SoundCloud account. The objective is to target illiterate communities, especially small-scale farmers, about the dangers that come with contracting the Ebola virus. Farmerline is additionally in the midst of creating new ICT tools that can support health workers in Africa.

The goal is to expand Farmerline’s voice messages on Ebola through an initial pilot that reaches 1 million people across West Africa.

Call for Partnership

Farmerline does not have the capacity to carry out these efforts alone. In order to reach farmers and vulnerable communities across West Africa, new audio messages must be recorded in the local languages of each region, investment from donors and foundations are required to scale up the effort, and a partnership with a Global Health Organization would be vital in reaching a maximized number of farmers in rural regions of West Africa. Additionally, Farmerline hopes to collaborate with at least two local organizations in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. To save lives, the fight against Ebola must be a joint, international and local effort. If you want to contribute to Farmerline’s Ebola initiative, contact team@farmerline.org.

Farmerline is a Ghanian company that focuses on creating technology and improving information access to rural communities especially small-scale farmers. Co-Founders, Alloysius Attah and Emmanuel Owusu Addai, have recently been named 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellows for their innovation and vision. To read more about Farmerline and its efforts in empowering small-scale farmers, visit our website at www.farmerline.org. 

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Farmer Story #1 – Cocoa Farming in Kwapia, Ghana

Did you know that West Africa is the largest producer of cocoa in the world?

Meet Abena Konadu. Abena is a mother, wife, daughter, and cocoa farmer. Growing up on a cocoa farm has allowed her to run her own successful farm independently, providing a supply of cocoa to her local community in the Kwapia , Fomena District: Ashanti region of Ghana.

Life as a cocoa farmer has allowed Abena to support her seven children and put each of them through school. Today, many of her children have completed their education and have found work in the capital, Accra. Thanks to the success of her cocoa farm, Abena has been able to save up enough money to begin building a new home next door to the house her children grew up in. She says she hopes it will entice her children to come home often to visit, especially as they are getting older and will soon begin having families of their own.

Abena is one of 110 million African women making a living in agriculture.

Farmerline supports small-scale farmers, like Abena, by sending agriculture-related information directly to farmers’ mobile phones in the form of voice calls.

Stay tuned as #Farmerline continues to tell the stories of small-scale farmers in Ghana over the upcoming months.

To learn more about the initiative, visit us at www.farmerline.org or follow us on Twitter @farmerline and Instagram at www.instagram.com/farmerline

 

Saviez-vous que l’Afrique de l’Ouest est le plus grand producteur de cacao dans le monde?

Rencontrez Abena Konadu. Abena est une mère, épouse, fille, et productrice de cacao. Ayant grandi sur une ferme de cacao lui a permis de gérer sa propre ferme succès indépendamment, permettant l’approvisionnement en cacao de sa communauté locale dans la région Ashanti du Ghana.

La vie d’un cultivatrice de cacao a permis Abena pour soutenir ses sept enfants et mettre chacun d’eux à l’école. Aujourd’hui, bon nombre de ses enfants ont terminé leurs études et ont trouvé du travail dans la capitale, Accra. A cause du succès de sa ferme de cacao, Abena a pu économiser assez d’argent pour commencer à construire une nouvelle maison à côté de la maison de ses enfants ont grandi. Elle dit qu’elle espère qu’il incitera ses enfants rentrent à la maison souvent à visiter , d’autant plus qu’ils sont plus âgés et bientôt commencer à avoir leur propre famille.

Abena est l’un de 110 millions de femmes africaines qui gagnent leur vie dans l’agriculture.

Farmerline soutient les agriculteurs à petite échelle, comme Abena, en envoyant des informations liées à l’agriculture directement sur les téléphones portables des agriculteurs sous la forme d’appels vocaux et SMS.

Restez à l’écoute comme #Farmerline continue à raconter les histoires de petits agriculteurs au Ghana au cours des prochains mois.

Pour en savoir plus sur cette initiative, visitez-nous au www.farmerline.org ou suivez-nous sur Twitter @farmerline et Instagram www.instagram.com/farmerline

 

Internship Opportunity with Farmerline Ltd (6 months duration)

Farmerline Ltd is a social enterprise registered under the laws of Ghana, providing improved access to agricultural information and better communication pathways for stakeholders along the Agricultural value chain. Farmerline is a mobile and web-based communication system that furnishes farmers and other stakeholders with relevant agricultural information to improve productivity and increase income. By using this tool, farmers can get timely information about agricultural best practices, market information, weather alerts and forecasts, and financial tips in their own local language. Continue reading

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A growing network of networks supporting mobile innovation

“Africa as a geographic space is a hotbed for innovation right now.  Never before have we seen so many people pick up the entrepreneurial challenge,” said Ben White, opening speaker on Day 3 of infoDev’s Mobile Startup Camp.

Ben knows this firsthand.  As co-founder of VC4Africa, he’s had a front row seat to the explosion of young African entrepreneurs, and the growing ecosystem of mentors and investors looking to support their development.   VC4Africa is an online platform that connects these stakeholders to one another for mutual benefit.  For entrepreneurs, the platform provides opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another, as well as tools and mentorship that helps them become ‘investment-ready’.  For angel investors and other partners, the platform provides an on-ramp to the African innovation space, and access to the entrepreneurs that fit their investment profiles.

“We’re trying to align incentives so that deals get done,” explains Ben. “Our hope is that the entrepreneurs we’re supporting today will be the next generation of mentors and investors tomorrow.”

In many ways, the Mobile Startup Camp is a face-to-face microcosm of the virtual ecosystem VC4Africa is creating.  Throughout the week, 18 up-and-coming entrepreneurs from Africa and the Caribbean have had the chance to meet and learn from one another, and receive mentorship support from seasoned entrepreneurs and angel investors.  Core to infoDev’s support to these potential high-growth entrepreneurs is helping to catalyze and support the networks and ecosystems that will enable their success.

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Tayo Akinyemi, Director of AfriLabs and also a participant in the Startup Camp, has a similar goal.  Her organization connects the growing number of business innovation hubs across Africa – 23 hubs in 15 countries so far.

“The reason why we’re building this network is to create an infrastructure that supports tech entrepreneurship,” she says.  “If we invest in building these spaces across the continent, then it will create an enabling environment for enterprises to proliferate and grow.”

Connecting and scaling these networks is important to providing the support entrepreneurs need to succeed.  As the networks become more robust, new and larger partners become interested in and able to provide additional resources to the entrepreneurs associated with them.

“Networks are powerful because they present you with opportunities that perhaps you didn’t know existed or may not have pursued,” says Suzana Moreira, Founder of moWoza.  “The value and quality of your networks is the growth engine of your business,” adds Alloysius Attah, Co-founder of Farmerline.

To learn more about Suzana, Alloysius and all the other entrepreneurs participating in the Mobile Startup Camp, visit the Camp’s website.  If you are an investor interested in seeing the startups during Demo Day on November 15, send us an email.

Source: infoDev

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