Digital Toolkit to Give Tanzania Smallholder Farmers Access to Finance, Farm Supplies and Training
Monday, June 5, 2017
Smallholder farmers in Tanzania will soon have access to a unique digital saving plan for inputs, coupled with timely, tailored farming advice, that will help to solve several major problems confronting farmers in poor areas: access to finance, to inputs, and to agricultual training.
The programme to deliver this plan was launched May 30 by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Positive International Limited (PIL), and Grameen Foundation at an event attended by government officials, farmers’ associations, financial institutions, seed companies, agro-dealers, and agribusinesses.
The digital toolkit will allow farmers to gradually pre-pay for the inputs they need via mobile money, at discounted prices. It will also provide them with a customized inputs package based on their crop and production goals, and deliver mobile-phone based farming advice to ensure the best use of those inputs.