Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Crowdsourcing Applications for Agricultural Development in Africa

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May 1, 2013

These resources are part of the series "ICT to Enhance Impact of Agriculture Development."

Briefing Paper
This paper details crowdsourcing in an agricultural development context, defined in the textbox. Although still fairly new in practice, it provides a potentially affordable tool for practitioners to conduct field research, gather data from remote areas, exchange information among key stakeholders, and other benefits. It includes sections on the necessary components for using crowdsourcing in agricultural development, profiles of examples from the field, program design tips, implementation challenges, and a peek at what the future might hold.

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The following profiles provide additional information on ICT applications and services that are related to the topic covered in this briefing paper. You can download each at the top right of this page.

Profile: MFarm
A brief profile outlining MFarm, a mobile and web-based market information system in Kenya that allows farmers to collectively sell crops and buy inputs to bulk buyers. This profile includes information on how it works, the implementer/funder, the technology used, fees, primary markets, users, business model, and impact. Profile: Esoko A brief profile outlining Esoko's suite of mobile applications for agriculture, including how it works, the implementer/funder, the technology used, fees, primary markets, users, business model, and impact

Profile: iCow
A brief profile outlining iCow, a mobile cow gestation calendar and information service in Kenya, including how it works, the implementer/funder, the technology used, fees, primary markets, users, business model, and impact.

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The FACET project (Fostering Agriculture Competitiveness Employing Information and Communication Technologies) was a 4-year USAID-funded activity, which came to a close in September 2013. FACET provided technical assistance to improve competitiveness and productivity across agriculture sub-sectors through the use of ICT to enhance the functioning and competitiveness of agricultural value chains and facilitate trade in agricultural products across Sub-Saharan Africa.