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This report summarises the findings from a qualitative impact assessment carried out with smallholder farmers to investigate the impact of GADC/SDU's VSLA programme.
Pilots are a powerful way to design new solutions by testing hypotheses and validating what is actually working. But the true art of pilots is knowing when it's time to scale or bring home a controlled and productive failure.
There is one factor above all that rules when it comes to relevant technologies: Return on Investment (ROI). Tech should either make you money, or save you money--it's that simple!
Specific challenges will always vary across businesses, but what does not vary is this: you don’t need tech that is cool and you don’t need buzzwords. You need a solution that works.
Increasing rates of phone ownership in Africa means that phone-based services can be a good option for reaching smallholder farmers, even in rural areas.
Radio offers significant opportunities to agribusinesses and other organisations to communicate with smallholder farmers.
Agribusinesses are increasingly exploring how digital communication can help build relationships with smallholder farmers.
The third part of AgDevCo's guidelines discusses how to use pilot testing and iteration to reduce risk and uncertainty in digital technology projects.
AgDevCo is pleased to announce a long-term debt investment into Pee Pee Tanzania Limited (PPTL), a regional leader in the production of grain storage bags.
The second part of AgDevCo's guidelines for agribusinesses on digital technology projects focuses on working with technology providers.
With the spread of Covid-19, we face challenging times both in our African countries of operation and in our home base in the UK. The wellbeing of our staff and contractors, and our investees, their workforces and suppliers is our priority. AgDevCo has taken a range of measures to address these matters and to maintain business continuity.
The Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC) in northern Uganda works with tens of thousands of smallholder farmers who produce organic cotton. Organic production is often challenged by the large numbers of pests which attack the crop, notably the African bollworm, aphids and various species of sucking bugs.