ICT innovations in Ghana and Ethiopia

September 29, 2015

Using technology to share agricultural innovations

Radio, video, text messaging, mobile apps and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) can ensure farmers receive quality extension services and agricultural information based on their needs and questions.
In Ghana, the “Improving food security through innovative e-extension” project brings together Grameen Foundation and Digital Green with Farm Radio International to reach 200,000 farming households in five regions of Ghana, with FRI’s participatory radio programs airing in Brong Ahafo and Volta regions. This project will combine radio and ICTs for participatory radio services that allow farmers to learn about agricultural improvements and provide feedback so extension officers understand their information needs. Participatory video will complement radio in helping to explain more complicated agricultural improvements. The technologies used are scalable and reliable, allowing for important agricultural information to reach more farmers, more frequently.
This project is implemented in partnership with Grameen Foundation.

In Ethiopia, the “Innovative ICTs for scaling-up agricultural technology” project will combine radio and video to reach listening groups in select regions of Ethiopia. Participatory programs, led by local radio broadcasters, aim to reach 900,000 farmers with the information they need to increase their yield.
This project is implemented in partnership with Digital Green.
The New Alliance ICT Extension Challenge Fund is a component of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which aims to address constraints that prevent small-scale farmers, especially women, from increasing their output. The challenge fund is supported by several donors, including the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative through USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK Aid from the UK government. This project is also working closely with the New Alliance Scaling Seeds and Other Technologies Partnership (SSTP) implemented by AGRA.

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