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  1. 1. FIELD STUDY: SMALLHOLDER CHALLENGES <ul><li>Lack of Resources: seed, fertilizer, tools, processing equipment, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Markets or Market Access </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of Agricultural Extension, but limited success: Access to reliable Agricultural Information </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Access to Communications Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Perceptions of Farming </li></ul>
  2. 2. CHALLENGE: LACK OF INPUT RESOURCES <ul><li>What are reliable sources of agricultural inputs? Which to use? </li></ul><ul><li>How to finance farm improvements? </li></ul><ul><li>Are government agricultural agencies reliable? Who is? </li></ul>
  3. 3. CHALLENGE: AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION
  4. 4. CHALLENGE: MARKET ACCESS <ul><li>Markets may not exist </li></ul><ul><li>Smallholders produce too little or too low quality to meet processor needs </li></ul><ul><li>High cost of transport - dependence on middlemen </li></ul>
  5. 5. CHALLENGE: PERCEPTION OF FARMING <ul><li>Respondents mentioned that farming was “digging” and farms were “gardens” </li></ul><ul><li>Turning farming from “desperation” to “profitable business” </li></ul>
  6. 6. CHALLENGE: COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY <ul><li>Access to Radio? (ownership, time, etc…) </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Cell Phones? (airtime, electricity, etc..) </li></ul>
  7. 7. CASE STUDIES: CURRENT WORK IN UGANDA <ul><li>Africa Rice Center Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) Program </li></ul><ul><li>Google SMS Services </li></ul><ul><li>Eagle Lager </li></ul>
  8. 8. CASE STUDY #1: AFRICA RICE CENTER - VIDEOS <ul><li>Agricultural extension through locally produced video – piloting in Hoima, Uganda </li></ul><ul><li>Method for addressing the transaction costs of large scale, participatory, face-to-face Agricultural Extension </li></ul>
  9. 9. CASE STUDY #2: COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE WORKER (CKW) PROGRAM <ul><li>Attempt to reach smallholders whose information access is limited </li></ul><ul><li>Bottleneck: How much information to how many people can a CKW transfer? </li></ul>
  10. 10. CASE STUDY #3: GOOGLE SMS SERVICES <ul><li>Cell phone based information searches for Health, Agriculture, and Weather </li></ul><ul><li>Google Trader: Buy and Sell products using SMS </li></ul>
  11. 11. CASE STUDY #4: EAGLE LAGER <ul><li>Eagle beer: brewed using local ingredients and grains </li></ul><ul><li>Brewery is experimenting with other crops to make even cheaper beer </li></ul><ul><li>Michael’s review? Eagle beer is… awful. </li></ul>
  12. 12. SEED IDEAS FOR POSSIBLE PROJECTS <ul><li>Improved Supply Chain Management </li></ul><ul><li>Market Capacity Building </li></ul><ul><li>Smarter Agricultural Extension </li></ul><ul><li>Better Weather Information </li></ul><ul><li>Finance Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-corruption Reporting Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Radio Drama </li></ul><ul><li>Reality TV Shows (“Pimp My Farm,” “Farm Makeover”) </li></ul>

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