‘Scaling Digital Agriculture Innovations through Startups’ (SAIS) is a project implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In an effort to support African AgriTech and FoodTech startups, BMZ, through the GIZ-SAIS program, has launched the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) to help rapidly scale and improve promising initiatives, while impacting farmers positively on the ground. eProd Solutions has participated as one of the eight promising African ICT start-ups and participated in the program. “The selected startups will be able to scale their innovations in new markets and help their users to improve their incomes.” states Michel Bernhardt, Head of the SAIS project.READ MORE
Welcome to the Impulse Accelerator Virtual Demo Day!
IMPULSE: A unique acceleration program developed by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and supported by OCP Group and its subsidiary OCP Africa.
IMPULSE is a 12-week acceleration program dedicated to innovative startups in the fields of Agritech, BioTech, Mining Tech and Materials Science & Nano Engineering. IMPULSE will help entrepreneurs take their startups to the next level and bridge connections with OCP Group, UM6P, MassChallenge and their ecosystems. Sixteen highly innovative ICT start-ups participated and eProd is one of the Gold Award winners! READ MORE
The Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) Programme supports the commercial and development case for investing in agribusinesses that source produce from smallholders in the global South. The summit is designed to provide communities of investors opportunities to reflect on issues affecting the viability and growth of agri- businesses. This year’s inaugural summit focuses on three research reports commissioned by the CASA programme. In addition to the researchers, the three sessions will also feature agribusinesses on the virtual panels reflecting on lessons learnt by them and their peers. The platform for the Summit supports the AGRF Deal Room and will facilitate active networking amongst participants. READ MORE
Are you or the businesses you support in agribusiness and facing challenges to source from the numerous small-scale farmers in your field? You are not alone! The supply chain management challenge is common for many agribusinesses in Africa, and even in the world.
USAID’s Kenya Investment Mechanism has partnered with eProd to host a one-hour webinar that you might be interested in! E-Prod has developed an affordable ICT platform, or ERP, to manage agricultural supply chains. You will get a chance to understand the innovative solutions offered by eProd, ranging from farmer registration, to production contracts, field inspections, collections, training, communication, payments, traceability, weather information, among others. Currently 75 clients use eProd to source from about 250,000 small scale farmers in 10 African countries.
The webinar is scheduled for Thursday September 10th, 2020 from 2.00pm – 3.00 pm. (Note: this event was rescheduled and initially planned on 3rd September 2020)READ MORE
Digital solutions for Supply Chain Management in the agricultural sector are more important than ever, especially now COVID-19 is making it even more difficult to source from small scale farmers. In collaboration with eProd Solutions the Africa Agribusiness Academy organizes a webinar to demonstrate practically various features of the eProd ERP platform. During a two hour webinar some of the topics covered will be: farmer and field registration (including capturing field GPS locations), field inspections, loan management (including credit scoring and automated repayment via product deliveries), produce collection, quality-based payment and produce traceability, reporting and M&E activities, communication with the farmers including automated weather forecast and production advise.
When: 12th August 2020, from 15:00 to 17:00 EAT
How to register: Grace Mhina via email@example.com or call +255 768 266 382, www.aa-academy.org
About AAC: The Africa Agribusiness Academy stimulates and supports entrepreneurship toward increased food security in Africa. READ MORE
How can ICT solutions contribute to solve the problems of social disruption during a pandemic crisis?
Can ICT solutions for agriculture help to avoid social and economic problems during a pandemic crisis?
There is no end in sight of the global COVID-19 pandemic yet, but the virus is already creating its impact on local and global food supply chains. The current crisis will likely cause food shortages and high prices for consumers. Incomes of farmers and all those working in the food and agriculture sector are also at risk. “We have to rethink our whole food supply ecosystem! The world after Corona will be different! How can ICT solutions contribute to avoid the problems of social disruption during a pandemic crisis? ICT can enhance and secure supply chains for the production of agricultural produce for local and international businesses and play a critical role to mitigate – and shorten – the effects of a pandemic!”, according to Berlin based Dr. Robert Daubner, digitalization and innovation specialist.READ MORE
1. Markets and farm prices. As we see growing levels of concern, recommendations for social distancing, reduced travel, avoiding crowds, closures, and other protective practices to slow the spread of COVID-19, consumers will be making tough choices about food, eating away from home, and overall spending. Dairy is prominently featured in out-of-home eating, and there may be some disruptions in food service sales. This will likely have an impact on markets and prices. There have also been bottlenecks at ports in other countries as ships wait to be offloaded with U.S. dairy and other farm products. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has shut down floor trading of all products until “further notice,” though electronic trading will continue.
“The eProd team identified several key constraints that basically cripple field activities for the buyers from small scale producers in Africa”, according to Miss Erna Goudt, Client Relationship Manager at eProd Solutions, and speaker at the ICT4D webinar series. Due to the current crisis it has indeed become exceedingly difficult to conduct basic field operations, such as to register farmers and their fields. eProd can assist to collect farmer group, farmer and field profiles, field inspections, manage produce collections via local field staff and lead farmers. Secondly, gathering reliable data to monitor the field production via field inspections and survey data from farmers, has become very difficult and companies are in the dark regarding crop status and projecting yields. Thirdly, communicating with farmers has stopped or at least significantly reduced while the current situation requires continuation of extension services, sharing market price information, and updates on COVID-19 awareness. Fourth, following up on the buyers’ field staff’s activities is even more difficult than ever before. How to verify movements, accomplishments, etc? Finally, and probably the most criplling factor, there is lack of cash liquidity in the field for farmers to invest in field activities, farming inputs, etc. On one hand many buyers are not able to pay farners remotely via mobile money transfer or bank acocunt, and farmers can’t link up with financial institutions or can’t be checked for credit worthiness. How would buyers share credit risk information with financial institutions, automated loan repayment, tri-partite agreements, manage their input inventories without appropriate and affordable tools. Please participate in the upcoming webinar, part of the virtual edition of the ICT4D Conference and ongoing ICT4D webinar series, you will hear about low cost digital and mobile technologies to support farmers under these unprecedented circumstances.
The current health crisis is turning into an economic crisis and food adulterations are at risk. The importance of food safety is easily pushed to the background when food security becomes an issue. “With all the additional challenges during the COVID-19 the ‘invisible hand of the market’ is more important than ever and only a Market Systems Development approach can guarantee aggregating the required volumes of quality products for traders and food processors”, says Jan Willem van Casteren, Technical Director at eProd Solutions.
Calculate the product price based on a set of quality indicators
eProd offers multiple options to generate payment based on quality. Each parameter has its own rules to correct the product price, based on set conditions, threshold values and actions. Actions can be monetary, for example, a bonus or fine, but could also be an automated warning. Multiple quality parameters can interact based on flexible algorithms that can be pre-set and correct product prices automatically. For example, a premium price of 1 shilling per kg milk when butter fat is above 4.0%. However, in case the milk batch is sour the lot will be rejected. Most important is a transparent communication towards the producers. They likely knew about the quality issues, but now they know that the buyer is also aware. Moreover, the quality issues are recorded and appear on the payment overview or in an SMS message from the buyer to the producer. READ MORE
Mrs. Fiona Lukwago, manager advisory services at Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, AECF, and moderator of the webinar series on adapting to COVID-19 disruptions. This webinar will demystify the value of digital solutions in addressing disruptions caused by COVID-19. The need for digital solutions has been accelerated by the outbreak of COVID-19, with several actors in the agricultural value chains embracing them to foster social distancing and beat restrictions embraced by governments to curb the spread of the disease. Businesses are however asking themselves the fundamental questions:
- How do I know if digital solutions will indeed bring more value to my business? Do they work for all SMEs?
- Which digital solutions are working well and what does it take to adopt digitalization?
- How do digital solutions contribute to business continuity during this COVID-19?
Mrs. Naoko Koyama-Blanc, Partner and Regional Director for Africa at Dalberg Advisors is the main speaker. Dalberg Advisors is a consultancy firm specialized in advising on digitalization solutions for the agricultural sector in developing countries and led the CTA study: The Digitalization of African Agriculture Report, 2018 – 2019.READ MORE