Surprise! Esoko’s Agricultural Market Prices Are Private Sector Failures

Surprise! Esoko’s Agricultural Market Prices Are Private Sector Failures

Published on: Jan 04 2018 by Wayan Vota - 15 Comments
We’ve all heard of Esoko, the ICTforAg company specializing in market prices for farmers. Starting in Ghana in 2007, then expanding across West Africa and beyond, it quickly became a donor-darling by promising an African...
A Novel Analysis of Mobile Phone Impact on Rural Farmers

A Novel Analysis of Mobile Phone Impact on Rural Farmers

Published on: Aug 16 2017 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on A Novel Analysis of Mobile Phone Impact on Rural Farmers
Many scholars have hailed the mobile phone as a tool to give farming in developing countries a new impetus. However, studies on the impact of mobile phones in general, and specific mobile phone initiatives (m-services),...
Can You Guess the 5 Key Traits of Sustainable ICTforAg Programs?

Can You Guess the 5 Key Traits of Sustainable ICTforAg Programs?

Published on: Feb 15 2017 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
The proliferation of mobile phones among rural households in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana has seen a significant increase of digital information solutions for farmers. The AGRA financial inclusion team identified 150+ different...
Yes, Farmers Do Use Mobile Phones for Market Prices

Yes, Farmers Do Use Mobile Phones for Market Prices

Published on: Jun 27 2016 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
Farmers in Malawi had free access to market prices via mobile phones for about three months using HNI’s 3‑2‑1 Service. Usage data was rolling in. And along come two posts on ICT Works that are highly critical of...
7 Reasons Why Farmers Do Not Use Market Price SMS Text Messages

7 Reasons Why Farmers Do Not Use Market Price SMS Text Messages

Published on: Jun 05 2016 by Wayan Vota - 15 Comments
On Friday, we had the startling realization that fishermen do not use mobile phones to compare market prices of fish. Besides cultural and legal limitations to their ability to sell in different markets, as Tony Roberts...
Surprise! Fishermen Using Mobile Phones for Market Prices is the Largest Lie in ICT4D

Surprise! Fishermen Using Mobile Phones for Market Prices is the Largest Lie in ICT4D

Published on: Jun 03 2016 by Wayan Vota - 25 Comments
We all know the story. Fishermen use mobile phones to call ahead to different markets to find the one with best prices, so they can sell their catch for the largest profit. We’ve heard this line a thousand times, and...
Are Smartphones Making SMS Projects Obsolete?

Are Smartphones Making SMS Projects Obsolete?

Published on: Sep 21 2015 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
Are SMS projects still relevant? Are toll-free phone numbers still needed? As more and more people in developing countries have access to cheap smartphones and third generation (3G) network coverage, should we still be utilizing...
3 Ways to Improve Farmer Information Systems

3 Ways to Improve Farmer Information Systems

Published on: Jul 20 2015 by Guest Writer - 9 Comments
Farmer Information Systems have found solid footing in development, and are now fine-tuning their strategy and approach in communicating market prices, weather forecasts, and farming techniques. Yet participants at the...
USAID Assessment of Market Information Systems in Africa

USAID Assessment of Market Information Systems in Africa

Published on: May 20 2013 by John Zoltner - 1 Comment
This Assessment of Market Information Systems in Africa briefing paper presents the results of an assessment carried out to explore the current use of sustainable (without on-going donor support) and scalable (potentially...