Innovative ICT use in Agriculture –
Examples in Ghana
Eddie Addo-Dankwa
Ghana
Presentation Outline

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Introduction
The Transition
ICT in Agriculture initiatives
– The mFarms platform
– eSoko
– e-...
Introduction
Ghana’s ICT Landscape
• Ghana’s ICT4AG strategy developed in 2005 after the
development of the National ICT4A...
The Transition
Ghana’s Mobile Broadband Ratings
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Ghana is ranked first in mobile broadband penetration in
Africa...
ICT in Agriculture Initiatives
Mobile phone farming - eSoko
• Provides agricultural market information through simple
sms ...
ICT in Agriculture Initiatives
The mFarms Platform
• The difficulty in getting accurate and up-to-date
information on agro...
ICT in Agriculture Initiatives
e-Extension Platform
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An ICT-based information storage and retrieval system
de...
Future Prospects
What should we expect?
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Explosion of agricultural mobile applications
More people/organisations...
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Innovative ICT use in Agriculture – Examples in Ghana

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Presentation by Edward Addo-Dankwa, National Value Chain Development Officer, Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Session: Institutional Experiences
on 7 Nov 2013
ICT4Ag, Kigali, Rwanda

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  • 1. Promote the deployment and exploitation of ICTs to support the activities of the agriculture sector.2. Develop GIS applications to monitor and support sustainable agricultural development (environment, land and water management, crops and livestock management, etc.)3. Establish agriculture information systems to provide support for the planning, production, storage and distribution of crops, livestock, and fisheries products.
  • The traditional way forfarmers to get agricultural information is through extension officers. These officers meet with farmers / farmer groups to provide information, but they barely reach a quarter of the total number of farmers in Ghana. It is also known that about 70 per cent of extension officers will retire from active service in the next three years. (MoF 2013)
  • Innovative ICT use in Agriculture – Examples in Ghana

    1. 1. Innovative ICT use in Agriculture – Examples in Ghana Eddie Addo-Dankwa Ghana
    2. 2. Presentation Outline • • • Introduction The Transition ICT in Agriculture initiatives – The mFarms platform – eSoko – e-Extention platform • Future prospects of mobile innovations in Ghana’s Agriculture
    3. 3. Introduction Ghana’s ICT Landscape • Ghana’s ICT4AG strategy developed in 2005 after the development of the National ICT4AD Policy • The strategy focused on Modernization of Agriculture and the Development of an AgroBusiness Industry using ICTs as an enabler to; – Promote the deployment – Develop GIS applications – Establish agriculture information systems
    4. 4. The Transition Ghana’s Mobile Broadband Ratings • • • • Ghana is ranked first in mobile broadband penetration in Africa (ITU, The State of Broadband 2013 report) with an estimated mobile penetration of about 112% (ITWebAfrica). Young developers in the country are taking advantage of this and are developing various mobile applications for the agricultural sector. The last few years has seen a lot of innovative ICT initiatives in agricultural development in Ghana. Most of these have been initiated by Development Programmes and donor-supported programmes.
    5. 5. ICT in Agriculture Initiatives Mobile phone farming - eSoko • Provides agricultural market information through simple sms via mobile phone to farmers and farmer groups. – Market prices, weather, farming methods, etc. • The MOAP experiment and results – Actors receive information regularly on their mobile phones – They are able to make informed decisions on when to harvest and which markets to send their products – They are able to negotiate for better prices – They recorded increase in incomes over the period • Abdul Rahman Takoro left his rice farm to go into repairing bicycles. He is back to farming earning some good money after getting eSoko information
    6. 6. ICT in Agriculture Initiatives The mFarms Platform • The difficulty in getting accurate and up-to-date information on agro-inputs on a regular basis • The mFarms platform - a suite of mobile applications to effectively deliver market information services – Stakeholder communication – eMonitoring • Agricultural interventions using mobile phones provide a viable option for bringing the various actors in the various value chains together, with a high potential to succeed.
    7. 7. ICT in Agriculture Initiatives e-Extension Platform • • • • • • An ICT-based information storage and retrieval system designed for both smart phones and computers. A Central Knowledge Repository that provides a single point of entry to disparate sources of knowledge. Communication with Agricultural Extension Agents – bulk sms system Online forum Video and audio on demand Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
    8. 8. Future Prospects What should we expect? • • • • • Explosion of agricultural mobile applications More people/organisations to get on board this revolution Integrations of systems Lowing of transaction / production costs Increased productivity
    9. 9. Thank you for your attention

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