Adaptation of the e-Granary App for integration of push-pull farmers

Push-pull technology (PPT) offers smallholder farmers important benefits as it involves a combination of crops, with each crop contributing to the system. Compared to the usual mono-cropping or many current indigenous farming practices, farmers who practice PPT reap multiple benefits. Proper dissemination is therefore important for farmers to uptake and apply PPT appropriately. The Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation has developed a digital platform dubbed e-Granary that allows smallholder farmers in different value chains to register, as well as request and receive relevant farming and/or market advisory services. Through Short Messaging Services and Outbound Voice Recordings, the platform regularly notifies registered farmers on best agronomic practices and relevant services. Additionally, farmers can request inputs through the platform, while reports relating to specific services are generated by the e-Granary. This report describes and demonstrates how the e-Granary platform has been adapted within the UPSCALE project to disseminate and gather information, and for report generation, as an output of the project action toward ensuring widespread and sustained uptake of PPT by farmers. The e-Granary platform was customized with add-on features that support registration of new farmers and bulk messaging to registered farmers, including a user-friendly farmers’ feedback interface. An overview of the platform, customization and integration with the UPSCALE Knowledge Exchange Hub (KEH) as well as the dissemination plans and campaigns/messaging schedules are outlined in the report. Project partners will generate relevant PPT information in farmer-friendly formats, and determine the frequency of information sharing to the farmers. PPT dissemination through the customized e-Granary is expected to increase adoption, technical capacity, and profitability among farmers.


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Adaptation of the e-Granary App for integration of push-pull farmers

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