Vodacom Now!
vodacom.co.za
8th Feb 17

Digital society

Connecting farmers for a better future

8th Feb 17

Vodacom
By Vodacom 1776 Followers

Vodacom believes in #ConnectedLearning and, in line with this, we've developed a number of mobile technology solutions to accomplish our goal of Inclusion for All. One of these solutions is Connected Farmer, which is aimed at supporting smallholder farmers into commercial agriculture. 

The platform, which can be accessed from any mobile phone, links farmers and agribusinesses to potential buyers and services. This means the farmer can see at any time the current market prices for his or her products, and agribusinesses can easily see that the farmer has produce to sell.

Connected Farmer also offers information such as weather forecasts and helpful tips via SMS – so the farmers don't even need a smartphone or internet access to benefit.

The business of farming 

Vodacom launched Connected Farmer alongside their partner, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on behalf of the German government and Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence Solutions. The launch took place on Friday, 3 February, at an agricultural summit in East London. 

Vuyani Jarana, Chief Officer for Vodacom Business said: 'Vodacom believes that ICT provides innovative solutions to address Africa’s societal and economic challenges. Digitising the agricultural value chain means that smallholder farmers will benefit from access to information and markets. 

'Vodacom and its partners will enable this while reducing some of the risks carried by agribusinesses. Vodacom’s ICT services enable enterprises to have real time visibility of their supply chains, as well as the ability to engage and communicate with smallholders directly.'

Suggested Posts

How Vodacom is contributing to Sustainable Cities and Communities

How Vodacom is contributing to Sustainable Cities and Communities

Vodacom | 6th Feb 20

View more
Here is how Vodacom is contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11.
Vodacom
Vodacom 1776 Followers
How Vodacom is contributing to Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

How Vodacom is contributing to Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Vodacom | 29th Jan 20

View more
Here is how Vodacom is contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9.
Vodacom
Vodacom 1776 Followers
How Vodacom is contributing to Decent Work and Economic Growth

How Vodacom is contributing to Decent Work and Economic Growth

Vodacom | 23rd Jan 20

View more
Here is how Vodacom has contributed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8.
Vodacom
Vodacom 1776 Followers
Vodacom 2020. All rights reserved