Cambodia

The government of Cambodia is supporting its national strategy of increasing rice production and the improvement of the livelihood for hundred million households of smallholder farmers through its PADEE program. GISB’s e-Agriculture suite was chosen as core solution for e-PADEE, the ICT supported intervention arm of the program. The e-PADEE Project was implemented closely with IFAD’s ongoing Project for Agricultural Development and Economic Empowerment (PADEE) programme. The general objective was to enhance and improve the livelihoods of its target beneficiaries and overall productivity of the rice farming through the use of an ICT Agriculture Expert System technology.
The project is led by Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries in partnership with Grameen Intel Social Business (GISB), SNV, and iDE. GISB will contribute its ICT4D investments to run the specialized Agriculture Expert System software modules starting with the fertilizer recommendation software (mrittikā); followed by seed recommendation (ankur); and software applications for pest control (protikār); and harvest and sales management (vistār).


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While implementing the Agro based applications, GISB carried out training of trainers (ToT) at 5 provinces (Prey Veng, Takeo, Kampot, Svay Rieng, and Kandal) in Cambodia in 2014. This enabled them as master trainers and helped facilitate sustainable build up of local capacity. The purpose of the training was to create 20 master trainers, who then went on to train more entrepreneurs in a master training session under GISB’s supervision.


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As of the end of 2015, 165 entrepreneurs have been active in the five provinces across Cambodia to provide recommendations along the rice crop cycle to approximately 1700 farmers, using GISB’s e-Agriculture solutions. The entrepreneurs are Mobile Support Team members (MST) coordinated by GDA and Farm Business Advisors (FBAs) coordinated by iDE including master trainers from both parties. The 97 MSTs are active in 122 communes and 70 FBAs are applying the e-PADEE solution in 41 communes in the five PADEE provinces, of which 15 communes overlap. This leads to a total of 148 communes where e-PADEE entrepreneurs assist farmers by using the IT expert system.


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A recent evaluation of sample data from field surveys of e-PADEE indicated a significant positive impact on yields and potential gross margin through the use of GISB e-Agriculture.

 

 

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India

India

In India GISB’s e-agro applications were developed in partnership with eKutir, which is a socially focused venture to improve livelihood of poor people through ease of access and use of information and knowledge. eKutir has implemented GISB’s e-Agro solution package in Odisha and have enrolled eKutir’s enlisted farmer base under the facilitation of e-Agro recommendation.Grameen Intel’s software has been so far reached to 19,000 farmers.
Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a country with a rich history in agricultural production. The beautiful sights of rice fields and yellow mustard fields for the traveler across the country sides are vital in providing the country with staple food.A farmer’s land is the only income source of the farmer, and the soil nutrients are key to his success. There is often the misconception about economic development taking place whenever there is a decline in the growth of the agricultural sector and a growth in manufacturing sector. But for a country like Bangladesh, complimentary growth must exist, and the 2 sectors should grow together.