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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Farmerline Visits Karikari Farms, Kumasi

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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.

For future updates on #Farmerline’s field visits, follow @Farmerline on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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.

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.

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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