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Re-imagining Farmers as Knowledge Entrepreneurs

“Unsustainable agricultural practices and poor land management around the world are decreasing the nutritional content of crops and threatening our ability to produce food,” writes Kristie Wang. Given the current status quo, we need to use smarter agricultural practices that not only feed the growing population but can cycle nutrients back into soil. Naturally, we should to turn […]

The SunWater project: advanced solar technology for poor farmers


Guest post by Paul Polak, author, “Out of Poverty” and founder of International Development Enterprises In my last article you heard about SunWater, a project to build a radically affordable solar water pump for USD $2 a day. The project will transform small plot agriculture, create water markets where they don’t currently exist, and significantly […]

Mercy Corps’ Agri-Fin Mobile program goes live in Indonesia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe

Farmer Examining Grasses in Field

  A unique “bundled” mobile service is changing the way smallholder farmers conduct business. A new Mercy Corps program, dubbed “Agri-Fin Mobile” (“agriculture” plus “financial” services), is helping rural farmers in Indonesia, Uganda and Zimbabwe increase their crop yields, boost their food security, and enhance their economic prospects. Launched in July of 2012 with support […]

Unleashing Ugandan farmers’ potential through mobile phones


  Farmers will be able to build a credit history through data collected on their farming supply purchases and produce sales. A powerful new mobile platform combining agriculture information and financial services specifically designed for smallholder farmers is going live in Uganda, helping farmers plow even more value from each acre. Based on AgriLife, a […]

Mercy Corps partnership ushers in the mobile age for rural Filipino farmers

Rice Fields

  Filipino rice farmers will soon pad their mobile wallets with more than just mobile money: they’ll get on-demand farming advice, too. Though rice is the archipelago’s staple food, most smallholder farmers produce less than they consume, and most don’t have access to formal financial services, like savings and loans. Mercy Corps brought together a […]

Who says GMOs are necessary? Small farmer shatters rice record

Rice Fields

  A 2012 report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications highlights the unprecedented growth in biotech crops globally, particularly in developing countries. Of the 28 countries planting biotech crops in 2012, 20 were developing countries, compared to only eight industrialized nations. The past 17 years have seen consecutive increases in […]

Post Harvest Challenges in Agriculture – Can Mobile Apps Help?

By Sheilah Birgen m:Lab The fourth Wireless Wednesday meet up on mobile innovations in agriculture saw mobile apps developers, entrepreneurs, farmers, NGOs, financial advisors,media, government representatives, and other stakeholders review apps that target post-harvest challenges. Tags: mobile innovations in agriculture, farmer, mLab, post harvest challenges