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.

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.

Farmer Story #2 – Ayaase Community Leader

Farmerline provides rural farmers with best practices to improve yields and income.

This is Barima Twum, the Ayaase community leader in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Barima has warmly welcomed Farmerline Ltd into his local community where many cabbage, cocoa, and maize farmers live. He explains how Farmerline’s voice messages have helped to inform farmers on best practices for safely storing vegetables, reducing pest infestations, and bringing products to market.

“We thank God for Farmerline. Giving us information on weather forecasts and how to plant, harvest, and sell our produce will help us to feed our families and pay our children’s school fees.”

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 http://www.instagram.com/farmerline

 

Farmerline fournit des agriculteurs les meilleures pratiques pour améliorer leur rendement et revenu.

Voici Barima Twum, le chef de la communauté d’Ayaase dans la région Ashanti du Ghana. Barima a chaleureusement accueilli Farmerline Ltd dans sa communauté locale où de nombreux agriculteurs chou, de cacao, et de maïs vivent. Il explique comment les messages vocaux de Farmerline ont contribué à informer les agriculteurs avec les meilleures pratiques pour l’entreposage sécuritaire des légumes, la réduction les infestations de ravageurs, et mettant des produits sur le marché.

“Nous remercions Dieu pour Farmerline. Nous donnant des informations sur les prévisions météorologiques, la manière de planter, récolter et vendre nos produits nous aidera à nourrir nos familles et payer les frais de scolarité de nos enfants “.

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 http://www.instagram.com/farmerline

 

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

 

Farmerline represents at 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress happening in Barcelona

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Farmerline Limited, Mr. Alloysius Attah, is expected to feature as a key speaker at the GSMA World Mobile Congress, which opens today in Barcelona.

The four day event, which is on the theme, “Creating What’s Next” will also feature world class CEO’s like Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, Ginni Rometty, the President and CEO of IBM, Jon Matonis, Executive Director and Board Member of Bitcoin Foundation, John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco, among others.

The GSMA Mobile World Congress is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, and a Conference featuring prominent executive representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world. The event, initially named as GSM World Congress and later renamed as the 3GM World Congress, is still often referred to as 3GSM World.

This year, the Congress expects more than 72, 000 attendees and seeks to examine the present state, and also debate the future of the mobile industry with in-depth analysis of the various trends that are currently shaping it.

The Conference, on the other hand, will run across the full length of the Mobile Congress and will continue to be the central focus for the event; challenging and educating attendees, whilst covering the latest technological developments, next-generation services and growth strategies.

The CEO of Farmerline, Mr. Attah, and his team of professionals are poised to make the most of the platform the Congress provides, increase accomplishments and push forward the vision of the organization, which is to provide paid services that allow farmers access key information to drive their operations.

The company further depends on Voice and SMS platforms to provide improved information access and communication channels for smallholder farmers and others stakeholder-and the Mobile Congress will serve a learning ground for the team so as to deepen its commitment to developing solutions that will empower farming communities in Ghana and across the continent.

As part of its missions Farmerline continues to increase agricultural information flow, uptake and accountability in the services delivered to farmers and empower agricultural workers and actors along the value chain to collect and share information to drive food security.

Currently, more than 2000 smallholder farmers and fishermen are benefiting from the web-based mobile communication services offered by the company. 1000 subsistence farmers from northern Ghana and 1000 fishermen in the southern parts of the country are using the platform.

Through the services, agricultural workers send messages such as weather forecast alert, market prices, new farming techniques, agrochemical applications and inputs and finance to farmers and fishermen at subsidize fees. The platform also provides the option to collect data from farmers and fishermen, and also enables them to call into the system for advice.

There are many different types of learning opportunities, sessions and seminars that take place at the Mobile World Congress. Each of them is planned adequately with the intention of better equipping the attendee.

The Conference sessions: this is a key component of the Congress which features executives from leading companies in the mobile space and experts from adjacent industries, which are creating what’s next. Sessions are composed of presentations, panel discussions and audience questions.

The Mobile World Congress exhibition: the exhibition will showcase the technologies, products and services that are shaping the future of the mobile industry, from network infrastructure to mobile handsets and devices to software and applications and much more. More than 1,700 companies are expected to participate in the exhibition.

Keynotes:  the morning keynote sessions are part of the conference programme and therefore require a platinum, gold or silver pass entry.

Mobile World Live Keynotes: the Keynotes advertised as Mobile World Live Keynotes are streamed live on www.MobileWorld Live.com and may be viewed by anyone with a computer or mobile service.

App Developer Conferences: the ADC’s are sessions specifically for the app community. Led and managed by our App Planet Supporting Sponsors, these featured programmes allow developers and members of the mobile app community to meet platforms and device manufacturers, receive insights and help in marketing apps and network with other developers.

Forum series: the Forum series was introduced in 2011 and has proven to be wildly popular. Forums are focused on a single industry topic such as Mobile Cloud, LTE or Green Technology. They are led by four leaders in the particular topic. Attendees can attend part or all of the day-long forums.

 

 

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