PINEAPPLE EXPRESSPeer learning & peer networkingfor Sri Lankan pineapple farmersPresented at RHoKDecember 4, 2011
THE BRIEF
Background• Pineapple farming is simple and lucrative.• Myths and challenges around the crop in Sri  Lanka.• 3 ways to gro...
Farmers• Farmers need a tool to reduce cost of  acquisition and increase sales.• Access to WAP/SMS, limited/infrequent web...
Buyers & Administrators• Have more access to the internet.• Buyers willing to travel (or outsource) for top  crops.• Buyer...
OUR VISION
Why We Chose This Project• Clear ask with clear goals  – Save farmers 11% cost, increase sales, provide    resources.• Sca...
Our Approach• Priority 1: Drive sales for farmers   – Other features for sapling purchase, ratings, buyer     requests to ...
Our Challenges• Older technology• Limited exposure to WAP  development in North America• Lack of documentation• Limited ti...
Our ObjectiveHelp farmers sell more crops at lower cost/aquisition!
OUR SOLUTION
OverviewB2B Marketplace connecting Farmers & Buyers• Website  –   Value-added information & content  –   Data (Farmer Dire...
FunctionalityRegistration Process• Simple: phone number, location, name• Phone based WAP registration• Auth via SMS: passw...
FunctionalityPosting Your Product• Via WAP: phone number, password• Information  –   Quantity (units)  –   Price (per unit...
FunctionalityBuyers• WAP interface for listing entries• Location filters• 5/page navigation - 2000KB limit per WAP page
Implementation• Wordpress plugin• Multilingual support• Large user base• Easy to install and administer• Complements the i...
FUTURE OF PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
Getting to Market• Complete the software   – Wrap up the WAP   – Finalize website (value-added features, content)• Trial R...
Phase 2… and Beyond!• Promote the PHP plug-in  – Feature site for the tool  – Beyond pineapples  – Multi-sector repurposin...
CONCLUSION
That’s it, that’s all! Questions?
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  1. 1. PINEAPPLE EXPRESSPeer learning & peer networkingfor Sri Lankan pineapple farmersPresented at RHoKDecember 4, 2011
  2. 2. THE BRIEF
  3. 3. Background• Pineapple farming is simple and lucrative.• Myths and challenges around the crop in Sri Lanka.• 3 ways to grow pineapples: starting with saplings is most common.• A bad sapling yields a bad crop, with no way to tell until 2 years later at harvest.• Pineapples as a product: types, size, quality, etc.• Sri Lanka has Provinces/Districts/Cities
  4. 4. Farmers• Farmers need a tool to reduce cost of acquisition and increase sales.• Access to WAP/SMS, limited/infrequent web access.• Incoming calls are free: cell phone services are among the cheapest in the world.• Want ability to crowd source information & better sources/buyers.
  5. 5. Buyers & Administrators• Have more access to the internet.• Buyers willing to travel (or outsource) for top crops.• Buyers resell pineapples (hotels, canneries, etc.) to customers• Prices are negotiated per kg or per unit.• Administrators like Helani need moderation & reporting tools.
  6. 6. OUR VISION
  7. 7. Why We Chose This Project• Clear ask with clear goals – Save farmers 11% cost, increase sales, provide resources.• Scalable & extensible – Tools can be repurposed for other agricultural products and other industries.• Inspiring challenge – Give indebted farmers the ability to make smarter choices, promote themselves, and succeed!
  8. 8. Our Approach• Priority 1: Drive sales for farmers – Other features for sapling purchase, ratings, buyer requests to come later. – Divide & conquer agile pairings for dev.• Strong usability – Intuitive, simple interfaces.• Design for the culture – Preference for warm, rich and lively earth tones.• Source value-added content – Internet access may be limited, but good information spreads.
  9. 9. Our Challenges• Older technology• Limited exposure to WAP development in North America• Lack of documentation• Limited time & resources
  10. 10. Our ObjectiveHelp farmers sell more crops at lower cost/aquisition!
  11. 11. OUR SOLUTION
  12. 12. OverviewB2B Marketplace connecting Farmers & Buyers• Website – Value-added information & content – Data (Farmer Directory, daily market value/area, etc.) – Promote the project – Open Source CMS – Easy to build on or replicate for other scenarios• WAP in-field tools – Registration – Subscription – Listings
  13. 13. FunctionalityRegistration Process• Simple: phone number, location, name• Phone based WAP registration• Auth via SMS: password is sent via text message• Locations are pre-populated (choice-based)
  14. 14. FunctionalityPosting Your Product• Via WAP: phone number, password• Information – Quantity (units) – Price (per unit) – When (date when harvest available) – Size (1-5) – Quality (1-5) – Returns a listing ID
  15. 15. FunctionalityBuyers• WAP interface for listing entries• Location filters• 5/page navigation - 2000KB limit per WAP page
  16. 16. Implementation• Wordpress plugin• Multilingual support• Large user base• Easy to install and administer• Complements the informative nature of the site• 2 extra database tables• bit.ly shortcuts for WAP
  17. 17. FUTURE OF PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
  18. 18. Getting to Market• Complete the software – Wrap up the WAP – Finalize website (value-added features, content)• Trial Release – Sample field release in Sri Lanka: target ENG users – Launch the WP Open Source Plug-in• Full field release – Final bug fixes & translation in Sinhala rolled out together
  19. 19. Phase 2… and Beyond!• Promote the PHP plug-in – Feature site for the tool – Beyond pineapples – Multi-sector repurposing: • Real Estate • Agriculture • Consumer Advocacy • Etc…• Build recognition & dev community – Open source on bitbucket – Available on Wordpress – Writing simple and clean APIs for websites
  20. 20. CONCLUSION
  21. 21. That’s it, that’s all! Questions?
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