Implemented by Purdue University under the Farmer-to-Farmer Special Program Support Project (SPSP). Report covering October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. Sub-award number PDP 2014-2.
Implemented by the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA) under the Farmer-to-Farmer Special Program Support Project (SPSP). Report period covering October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. Sub-award number PDP 2014-1.
As a part of NCBA CLUSA's Learning4Impact series, Virginia Bunker led this F2F Seminar about the successes and challenges of NCBA CLUSA's small grant projects in Zambia and Madagascar. View her presentation slides below to learn more about how the F2F small grant mechanism can be used to amplify the impact of other development activities.
Ros Harvey shared her practical experience in building her AgTech business, The Yield. The presentation spanned the technology, the business models and the operational challenges of delivering solutions to market. She discussed her experience in creating public good with private effort in the digital economy. With her strong international development background, Ros is in a unique position, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of digital agriculture in emerging markets.
Tevatronic develops an autonomous irrigation system using tensiometer sensors placed in the ground near the plants. The irrigation system is designed so that the valve switch controller is automated to irrigate the precise amount of water needed by plants for the right duration of time, which is determined by the sensors placed in soil. The system has proven its functionality, saving up to 75% of water and fertilizer and increasing crop yields by up to 25%.
Flybird Farm Innovations will introduce its vision to improve agricultural productivity and resources management by promoting precision irrigation and fertigation through the sensors-connected, automated controller. Flybird is a social impact agriculture enterprise focused on improvising the farmer livelihood, improving crop yield and production, saving water and electric power, and integrating affordable technologies for farmers through innovative solutions.
Data acquisition and recording are the first steps towards creating measurable value in any supply chain. While automated, IoT based acquisition ensures Data integrity, the ability to plug-in sensors & applications on the fly ensures agility in catering to different types of agriculture supply chains across geographies. Data synthesis across the agricultural dairy supply chain in emerging markets is one such use-case, where the Stellapps' IoT solution, SmartMoo, can help unlock unprecedented value on a very large scale.
Eruvaka Technologies develops connected devices and mobile-based decision tools for affordable monitoring and automation of aquaculture farms. Eruvaka's Smart devices help farmers remotely monitor water quality and feed intake patterns. Also, Eruvaka's artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms precisely dispense the feed based on demand. Using IoT, Eruvaka helps farmers reduce risk and improve productivity by enabling the optimal use of feed and energy, making aquaculture farming sustainable.
Rapid urbanization, aging farm populations, and depleting rural labor resources pose serious threats to our global food security. As rural labor resources come under continued pressure, tractors are the answer. When available, tractors can work 40x faster and be significantly less expensive than off-farm labor. Most farmers, however, can’t afford to own their own tractors and most tractor service providers operate well below their potential.
ThirdEye is a company initiative by FutureWater and HiView, initially created with the support of USAID in the Securing Water for Food program. ThirdEye’s low-cost Flying Sensors (drones) have cameras which can measure the reflection of near-infrared and visual light. These parameters are used to calculate the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). NDVI values give an indication of crop stress and support management decisions regarding the application of resources such as water, seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and manpower.