Sustainable business models for
delivering ICT agro-advisories
he latest ICT will be used to bring affordable and appropriate precision
knowledge solutions and inputs to smallholder farmers.
Customized agro-advisory services will be provided. This will be done by:
Science with a human face
This will lead to:
Better access to markets and market
Better management of risks
(e.g. of climate, onfarm challenges and
Better on farm decision making
with timely and appropriate advice
and farm inputs (such as credit, seeds,
pesticides and fertilizers)
The problems that need addressing
Publicly funded agricultural extension systems played
a critical role during the green revolution leading
to sweeping efforts to transform farming methods.
However these systems are currently inadequate in
terms of infrastructure and human resources.
The need for such advisory services is still strong as
there are 500 million smallholder farms worldwide
and these farms produce about 80% of the food
consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. These
farmers are typically among the poorest people
and struggle with unproductive soils, poor access to
water, drought, little ability to invest, high risks and
The advancement in ICT provides an opportunity to
provide agro-advisory services required and bridge
the technology divide for smallholder farmers.
ICT solutions are currently being implemented in
developing countries. However, there has been a
failure of financially sustainable business models.
Setting up for sustainability is key for this initiative.
The approach will include:
Select crops and value chains to target
Identify and engage with private and public
The private sector players will be recruited
on membership basis and the platform
will provide them a healthy competitive
environment to directly connect with the
The technology platforms and content
Existing proven platforms will be built into one
These platforms have been pilot tested by ICRISAT in
3 experimental hubs.
Farmer-field-crop record database
Buy and sell virtual transaction platform
Credit and insurance options:
The platform supports tablet, smart phone and
The modules consist of a variety of information and
input delivery services. such as:
Crop knowledge base
Improved farm management videos
Develop the business model
Connecting the ICT platforms that feed the
web and mobile devices with the content
relevant to farmers.
₋₋ Develop the integrated ICT platform
₋₋ Channel the information and
knowledge through the ICT platform
Promote the agro services with the
smallholder farmers through the private
and public partnerships.
Report generation such as market
intelligence and intelligent decision support
system for improving productivity and
Delivery through voice messages in 16
weather . market . crop information .
government schemes . nutrition . health
Local language capabilities
Be an investor and catalyst to developing the
business model that can be implemented globally.
G Dileepkumar, Global Leader, Knowledge Sharing
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A concept note for
Ensuring nutritional security in rural India