Kenya is one of three countries that are eyeing software developed by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) to market and sell agricultural products through an internet portal. The others are Zimbabwe and Tanzania who believe the tool that can improve farmer’s earnings. This was announced by ECX chief executive Dr Eleni Gadri-Madhini said at the […]
Dr Kwame Amezah, the National Director of Extension of the Ministry Of Food and Agriculture, has said the sector would introduce Electronic (e) Extension Services by April. The e-extension service, which the World Bank will support, would be piloted in 50 districts. Dr Amezah said this at the opening of a two-day Agricultural Extension Performance […]
Herders in northern Kenya who suffered large cattle losses during recent droughts are to be offered livestock insurance in a pioneering project that uses satellite imagery of available grazing to determine when payouts occur. The scheme, billed as a world first by the International Livestock Research Institute, is being launched today in the arid Marsabit […]
The Inventory of Innovative Farmer Advisory Services using ICTs, from the excellent Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, was published in February 2009, but I have just discovered it. It lists sixty systems dedicated to improving the technical and business information available to small farmers in Africa. Its foreword provides a progressive view of the […]
The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and the Ugandan government have signed an agreement to expand a programme that helps rural farmers increase their income through ICT-enabled crop marketing services. The Rural Information System (RIS) programme enables farmers to send and receive production and market information through 26 information centres in isolated areas […]
THE Agra Cooperative has started a new Internet service by offering livestock auctions online where bidders can buy animals at the click of a mouse – a first for Namibia. The Agra e-Auction service was launched last week and will save buyers and sellers time and money, not having to drive to and from auctions.