eProd | Management Solutions for Agribusinesses
07 Apr 2020

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

20 Jan 2020

The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report, 2018-2019, by CTA

The CTA study conducted by Dalberg Global Development Advisors refers to eProd as “an interesting example of one of the solutions of supply chain management ERPs, and specifically to manage traceability and within the African D4Ag start-up ecosystem”.

The number of supply chain management ERP solutions and providers is growing. eProd focuses on small to medium sized African agribusinesses, typically with a range of 1,000 to 20,000 smallholder farmers being managed per each agribusiness ‘account’ or ‘license’, according.

Traceability solution providers active in Africa fall into a few different categories including specialist traceability software vendors, big tech firms, certification organisations, and government platforms. “Specialised traceability start-ups”, such as eProd “typically have deep expertise in the technical elements of track-and-trace solution development as well as the ability to navigate issues of interoperability that are increasingly relevant given the proliferating number of food and environmental certification regimes”, according to Michael Tsan, partner at Dalberg Group and editorial coordinator of The Digitilisation of African Agriculture Report, 2019 – 2010.

28 Dec 2019

eProd Solutions amongst the 16 start-ups selected by the IMPULSE program

IMPULSE, the startup acceleration program developed by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), has announced the list of startups selected following the call for applications launched last June. The call for applications ended on the first day of October 2019 with over 350 applications received from more than 40 countries.

After a careful and robust multi-criterium selection process, the first 16 ranked applications have been selected based on a meritocratic only approach. These startups, representing nine different countries and three continents, with a strong African representation, propose a wide variety of innovative products and services. They all have the potential to reinforce OCP Group capabilities in contributing to the global food security cause. eProd Solutions is amongst the selected 16 start-ups.

The acceleration program will begin on January 15, 2020 and will end on April 8 with a Day Demo. Read more.

 

20 Nov 2019

eProd introduces compliance for product certification

“Many companies and farmer cooperatives would like their farmers to be certified to meet standards. Yet, often they lack a tool to manage this cost-effectively”, says Mr. Rikki Aguda, CEO of Society of Crop Agribusiness Advisors in Kenya.  Exporters face the market pressure to comply with GlobalGAP, for example, and while the food that is exported meets the highest standards, what about the food safety for local consumers in Africa? How to keep compliance simple to verify and – affordable?

Kenya Market-led Horticulture Project, or HortImpact, is a Netherlands government funded program led by SNV and its partners Delphy, Hivos and Solidaridad that contributed to increased food security, increased incomes, and a dynamic and sustainable horticulture sector in Kenya. The five-year project that just completed has assisted SOCAA and eProd Solutions to conduct six case studies to promote eProd as a Supply Chain Management system for managing the compliance with the upcoming Kenya Standard, or 1758 part II for fruits and vegetables, in a simple and cost-effective manner.

“The principles for Kenya KS1758 are the same as for any other standard, whether it is FairTrade, UTZ, Rain Forest Alliance, etc.”, says Almut van Casteren, MD of eProd Solutions. There is always a known set of questions that periodically needs to be repeated at several levels of the value chain, such as packhouse, groups, farmers and fields. This information collection requires a lot of planning and information management which makes is costly and cumbersome. Small market players are discouraged and those facing lots of demand and supply uncertainties simply can’t afford to make such investments. While, if appropriate tools are available, compliance and its verification are integrated in the daily business operations, generating trust throughout the value chain, resulting in long-lasting trade relationships. eProd provides an affordable and flexible platform to manage compliance for certification.

02 Nov 2019

eProd v2.1.20191027 has been released!

eProd Solutions Limited is excited to announce the release of the new eProd version on the desktop and mobile app.

We’re constantly working to improve your eProd experience. Please find below a summary of what has changed:

IMPROVEMENTS
1. Mobile app
• The farmer profile layout has been improved
• An upload feature has been added to enable the copying of the mobile app database to the server for debugging incase an error is encountered
• A new language has been added: ‘Kinyarwanda’
• The phone number is now an optional field when farmers are created in the app

2. Desktop
• The system is now compatible with MYSQL 5.7
• A group type option has been added in the group section to allow for the classification of groups into various categories
• A new section has been added in the contact section called organization membership which highlights a farmer’s role in an organization
• The language files can now be updated at a click of a button
• Reports generated by the system can now be shared via email
• Several SMS options have been added in the system. You can now send SMS to: All organizations, all groups within an organization and lastly, all groups
• You can now select which columns you would like featured in the PDF version of your report
• Several payment reports have been added
• Several reports have been updated

FIXES
1. Mobile app
• The input field will no longer be hidden by the default system keyboard when a user is keying in data

2. Desktop
• The birth date is now displaying properly after the date has been selected
• Phone number validation mechanism has been improved
• Under the staff profile, long staff names can now be saved
• Ethiopia’s phone numbers have been restricted to 13 digits
• Whilst saving any report in eProd, the system will automatically append the extension of file (.xls/.xlsx/.csv) to the file
• Groups can now be deleted/de-activated

Enjoy the new eProd experience by upgrading your eProd desktop and mobile app to version 20191027. Kindly contact us (info@eprod-solutions.com) if you encounter any challenges.

17 Sep 2019

Weather forecasting by SMS

With weather forecasting by SMS, eProd provides a flexible and efficient tool to send weather forecasts to farmers.

03 Sep 2019

Uganda eProd Workshop (4th September 2019)

The Royal Netherlands Embassy together with eProd have organized a workshop in kampala with the objective to introduce agricultural partners and other stakeholders to new and innovative “Supply Chain Management software” for the agricultural sector.

Please meet and greet us at the design hub, bugolobi and learn more about some of the latest eProd features.

16 Jul 2019

SMS communication to farmers

Many companies and farmer cooperatives need to communicate with their farmers. Yet, often they lack a tool to manage this cost-effectively.

13 Jun 2019

RwandaAgriShow2019 (19th – 24 June 2019)

The Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) has organized the 14th National Agriculture Show that is scheduled to take place from 18th – 26 June 2019 at Mulindi Agricultural Show Grounds, Rwanda.  The theme of the  is “Promoting Competitiveness of Agriculture”.

eProd Solutions Ltd will participate in the 14th edition of Rwanda’s National Agricultural Show from 19th – 24th June 2019.

Please meet and greet us at the EU Village and learn more about some of the latest eProd features:

  1. Milk Quality Based Payment
  2. Farmer Registration on the Mobile App
  3. Field Registration and Standard Implementation
  4. Credit Module to manage harvest advances, input loans and asset finance
  5. Stock Module for integration of brokers and agents into the supply chain

 

25 Apr 2019

ICT4D Conference (April 30 – May 3, 2019)

The 11th Information Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference is scheduled to run from 30th April to 2nd May 2019 at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda.

The 4-day event brings together hundreds of public, private and civil society organizations, eager to share practical insights on applying digital technology to development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges.

The conference brings together over 30 international and local ICT companies comprising of the leading ICT companies, ICT Hubs and Innovators to showcase their latest products and Services.

On the 1st day of the conference, Jan Willem Van Casteren, the Director of eProd Solutions Limited will give a talk at 4pm on the following topics: The importance of an appropriate ERP system and Financial inclusion for smallholder farmers.