ICT-Based Agro-Advisory Services in Climate-Smart Villages in Nepal
This post originally appeared on ccfas.cgiar.org and was written by Nitya Chanana, Arun Khatri-Chhetri and Bikash Paudel for the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.
Climate information services can be an important tool in helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate variability and change. Delivery of vital weather and market information directly to smallholder farmers enables them to make on-farm decisions against adverse climatic conditions and reduce losses due to negative impact of climate change by linking scientific and extension expert knowledge to rural farmers.
CCAFS in Nepal, in partnership with the Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) has collaborated with SMILES, an ICT provider, to offer mobile and web based agro advisory services in Dang and Nawalparasi districts. Farmers who have subscribed for the services receive messages for market price of vegetables twice a week, and for weather-related information three times a week, through a push system. They are also trained to access detailed information on market price through a pull system. Group discussions with farmers revealed greater usefulness of market related information compared to climate.
One local farmer in the Climate-Smart Village (CSV) said, "Weekly rainfall information is helping during crop harvesting time. I can postpone or prepone crop harvesting based on rainfall information to avoid postharvest losses.”
This ICT services in the selected CSVs, initiated in March 2016, have a total subscription of 87 farmers (39% female) in two districts... Read more on ccafs.cgiar.org.