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ICTs Along the Agriculture Value Chain


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New ICT solutions for agricultural development are being developed at break-neck speed, and its hard to keep track of what’s out there, what works, and how it best fits into your project. At this …

New ICT solutions for agricultural development are being developed at break-neck speed, and its hard to keep track of what’s out there, what works, and how it best fits into your project. At this month’s Tech Talk, GBI will demonstrate how ICT applications can complement a value chain approach to agricultural development, and we will bring in users and developers of these apps to explain their tools and how they are implemented. We’ll also unveil a new and useful interactive tool “Ag Apps Along the Value Chain,” that maps a collected inventory of over 120 apps and ICT solutions along the agricultural value chain.

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  • 90% of current data collection done using paper form than lead to allocating a lot of resources and time to have final results.In majority of the cases data accuracy is an issue.Use of handheld devices like ipod touch with data collection platform iformbuilder can reduce time, resources and improve data accuracy
  • This is an overview of physical architecture of the solution that going to be used in the seed fair.High level over view:Prior to beneficiaries registration all the barcoded cards going to be printed out.During seed fair people managing seed fair going to be using ipod devices with integrated barcode scanner to register beneficiaries, vendors and Point of sale process to tabulate total amount to be paid to the vendor by the end of the seed fair.After seed fair is over all the data from iPod devices going to be synchronized into centralized database that will allow CRS CAR management to access all the data for analysis and reporting.
  • Here is screenshot of the iPOD device and integrated barcode scanner. (Show actual device)
  • This was done in Illustrator, so it cannot be modified until Monday when I see Javier.
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    • 1. GBI Tech Talks #techtalk ICTs Along the Ag Value Chain March 9, 2012
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    • 3. Mapping ICT Solutions along the Ag. Value Chain Benjamin K Addom Research Associate @ GBI GBI “TechTalk” 03/09/2012, Washington DC
    • 4. Agenda1. Why the Initiative?2. The Initiative!3. What Next?
    • 5. “Right now, a digital revolution is changing the way farming is done, but poor small farmers aren’t benefiting from it” Bill Gates @IFAD GC Meeting 2012
    • 6. Why the Initiative?1. Communication challenges in smallholder farming2. The bewildering state of ICT solutions for Ag3. Limited use of ICTs in VC projects for food security
    • 7. The InitiativeDatabase of over 120 ICT solutions (apps and projects) for Agriculture, Mapped onto Ag Value Chain
    • 8. The Database• The name of the solution (hyperlink) to the website (e.g. M-Farm)• Brief description of the solution• Potential location within the value chain (e.g. Productivity)• The sub-category within the value chain (e.g. R&D)• The delivery platform (e.g. SMS)• The device(s) being used for delivery (e.g. Radio)• The medium of delivery (e.g. Mobile)• The developer (e.g. Esoko)• Partners/sponsors/funding organizations (e.g. USAID)• Contact information for the solution• Potential target users of the solution (e.g. Farmers)• The year of release/start of the solution (e.g. 2011)• The current status (e.g. Active)
    • 9. Mapping onto Ag VC
    • 10. What Next?• Continue adding new solutions through crowdsourcing• Keep it dynamic, and alive• Feedback from developers, implementers, users, etc.• Do deeper case studies of selected solutions• Update specific ICT solutions based on – Geographical location – Commodities – Business models, etc.
    • 11. Some key sources• IITA, IICD, FARA, ICT Update, FACET project, The World Bank eSourcebook, Individual Solutions Sites• The GBI Team @ Integra URL for the Database: Contact Email: Twitter: @tordeben Skype: tordeben
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    • 14.  Maaga 14
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    • 21. Koromo 9-10 Jun 2011 21
    • 22. Koromo 9-10 Jun 2011 22
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    • 25. Central African Republic - Seed FairOR DASHEVSKY | Catholic Relief Services | Solution Architect 9 March 2012
    • 26. Introduction• CRS is an experienced industry leader in voucher fairmethodology• Voucher fairs are preferable to direct distribution, buttime consuming• Preparation, implementation, and analysis time could bereduced with ICT4D• Use of technology can be scaled up
    • 27. Project BackgroundProjet de Réponse à laCrise Alimentaire (PRCA)Total 23 seed fairs(10,000 beneficiaries)from February to July2011The last 5 will usedICT4D solution (2,500beneficiaries)
    • 28. Project BackgroundNormal registration and verification method: Paper, paper, paper!• Beneficiary registration• Beneficiary check-in• Voucher verification• Day-of and post-fair surveys
    • 29. Process Overview Beneficiaries • Provide Beneficiary Card Registration • Collect basic Beneficiary information Voucher • Distribution of the vouchers to beneficiaries Distribution Vendor • Provide Vendor registration card Registration • Register Vendor and collect basic information • Provide payment to vendors based on couponsVendor Checkout received Exit Interview • Interview beneficiaries
    • 30. BEFORE
    • 31. AFTER
    • 32. ICT Solution No Paper. No Connection. No Problem!90% of companies use paper forms20% using expensive solutions 100% can use iFormBuilder
    • 33. ICT Solution• Use of iPod touch devices with integrated barcode scanner from “Linea-Pro”• Cloud base platform for data collection/management using iFormBuilder platform
    • 34. ICT Solution – cont.
    • 35. ICT Solution – cont.IPOD Touch 3rd or 4th GenerationPortable Integrated Barcode Scanner and Magstripe Reader
    • 36. Real Time Dashboard
    • 37. Work Flow ComparisonPaper Digital 9h Preparation 6.5h 14m Data Collection 11m Entry20.5h Validation 1.5h Cleaning
    • 38. Cost BreakdownPaper Digital Prep of Instrument$ 68 $ 49$ 990 Questionnaire Printing Hardware Purchase x 1 $ 650$ 200 1d Training (10) $ 250 1.5d$1,820 Data Collection $1,670$2,284 Data Entry/Validation $ 32$ 312 Data Cleaning $ 125$5,674 $2,776
    • 39. Thank You!
    • 40. SourceTrace Systems Inc.• Founded in April 2006. Patented the Electronic Solutions Eveyrwhere (ESE) software.• Worldwide leader in mobile and remote transaction solutions, providing a customizable, ready-to-use technology.• Vast experience in providing mobile solutions for agriculture, finance, health and switching services.• Focused on providing products for companies and organizations operating in emerging economies.
    • 41. What is the ESE™ Solution?A platform that allows the rapid development, modification andimplementation of robust applications functioning in low-bandwidthenvironments all over the world. Designed for emerging markets with narrowband communications. Emphasizes low cost and maximizing transaction speed. Enables easy integration with enterprise resource planning software systems, such as SAP.
    • 42. How does the ESE™ Platform Work?The ESE™ Platform is comprised of different modules thatallow maximum configurability and flexibility.
    • 43. Architecture of the ESE™ Platform
    • 44. The ESE™ in AgricultureThe ESE™ solution tracks the flow of goods at the source; data collectedon mobile devices can instantly feed into sophisticated, powerful flow-of-goods analytics that help your company to respond to the marketinstantly. Benefits include: Real-time traceability for thousands ofpurchases at receiving stations. Real-time analysis and monitoringof processes at production plants,increasing quality of goods. Reduction of data error rates, data entry costsand data analysis costs. Reduced time and cost to capturefarm-level data for certification institutions. Improved worker efficiency with little additional training.
    • 45. ESE Applications for AgricultureSourceTrace has developed specialized applications for agriculturalcompanies throughout the world. Some track thousands of purchasesdaily at receiving stations; others gather information about harvesting,others collect and manage data for certification entities.Examples include:ESE™ Traceability Module  Captures traceability data at the point of reception via mobile units at farms, depots, warehouses or processing facilities, then uploads that information to the firms Servers.ESE™ Agricultural Processing Module  Automates the capture of valuable information on the various light industrial processes of any agricultural commodity, saving considerable time and money. ESE™ Certification Module  Configured to the internal monitoring processes of agricultural commodity firms, and covers major certifications. Includes digital documentation covering key areas of certification.
    • 46. ESE™ Traceability ModuleThe ESE™ Platform provides agricultural companies with a solution that allowsthem to track in real time any given crop, from seed to harvest to delivery. Thismodule enables companies: To track thousands of purchases of any crop. To know the upcoming harvest volume; determine revenue beforehand. To manage harvests effectively. To conduct feasibility analyses more easily, enhancing decision-making. To receive timely and opportune information. To optimize land usage. To obtain real-time reports of crop purchases.
    • 47. ESE™ Agricultural Industrial ModuleThrough this module, any company improves real-time monitoring andanalysis of agro-industrial processes. By increasing the percentage offirst-rate goods produced, the module actually increases the goods’average price, while decreasing the cost of running the processing plant.This module can:Improve monitoring of the goods being processed.Capture key values needed (e.g., cupping indicators) to supportcommodities marketing and sales negotiation processes.Improve the efficiency of the processing plant.Correct any flaws in the processing of the goods.
    • 48. Examples of the ESE™ Traceability Module – Inventory Management The user has three menus of Each stage of growth has sub-three stages of growth in which menus in which data can be harvests have to be controlled entered.
    • 49. ESE™ Certification ModuleAgricultural companies that produce gourmet products (e.g.,coffee, cacao) can simplify certifications processes using the ESE™Certification Module. As data is collected in real-time, it is easily providedto the certification entities, providing substantial cost and time savings byautomating detailed administrative tasks. This allows companies to:Collect data faster and cheaper.Generate certification reports for certifiers/verifiers, who can access theinformation online.Correct any flaw during the processing of the goods.Automate and streamline complex certification reporting, providingadditional savings.
    • 50. ESE™ GPS Fleet-Tracking ModuleLarger companies deploy the GPS Fleet Tracking Module. It involvesplacing a mobile device on a piece of equipment –truck, tractor, harvester, grinder – to track routes on digital mappingsystems such as Google Earth™. This allows companies to: track their equipment and vehicles in real-time. enhance their operational efficiency since no vehicle is left without use. lower fuel and operational costs. reduce labor costs.
    • 51. Thank you!