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UkulimaDigital

A Mobile App that enables farmers to manage their farms online using an android mobile phone and get information relating to agriculture

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

UkulimaDigital is a Mobile App that allow farmers to manage their farm activities by recording all the farm inputs and outputs, schedule farm activities and finally generating financial reports, the App also provides real time information to the farmer which includes weather information, market information and also directly links the farmers (producers) to the buyers (consumers). For the farmers to use the app, one needs to have a smart phone where they download, install then register using their phone number and username. After successful registration, users can create projects on the app which are stored on the cloud, also after registration they will be able to view members registered who are within their region and can interact and share ideas. Farmers can also get weather forecast information for 5 days within their location. One of the biggest challenge farmers face is lack of information, poor record keeping and lack of planning. With Ukulima Digital we are providing a platform to disseminate information from different approved organizations to farmers in a seamless way. With this farm management platform, farmers can use the information to make better management decisions and also gauge the profitability of a given project. By providing market information and linking farmers directly to the ready market(buyers) we are reducing food wastage and losses in the supply chain.

WHO BENEFITS?

The main beneficiary of our innovation are Farmers. One of the major challenge farmers face which cause food westage is lack of information, with Ukuluima Digital we will provide this much needed information to the farmer on real time basis which includes; Climate Information, Market Information, Disease and pest outbreak and educative materials. We also provide an online platform (webinar) where farmers can interact with experts and specialist in the agriculture sector (www.uchat.co.ke).

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

This innovation has been developed and being tested in some parts of Kenya, once fully tested and developed we plan to roll it out to the whole country (Kenya) targeting small scale farmers and later move to other countries in East Africa.

ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?

  • Yes

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU!

Ukulima Digital is a product of Digen Enterprise Ltd a registered company in Kenya which is made up of young innovators with a common goal: Provide Solutions to Global Problems

IS THIS IDEA NEW FOR YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION?

UkulimaDigital is a new idea which has been in existence for the last 1 year, this idea led to the birth of "Digen Enterprise Limited" which deals with innovative ideas that provides solutions to global problems.

HOW IS YOUR IDEA UNIQUE?

UkulimaDigital is a unique idea because; It’s an all in one App/system that provides solutions to many challenges facing farmers e.g. poor farm record keeping and lack of reliable and real-time information i.e. Weather information, market information, disease and pest control information Ukulima Chat (Agriculture Webinar(www.uchat.co.ke)) a component of Ukulima Digital is a very unique solutions that allow farmers to attend seminars from anywhere using their smart phones or from a computer connected to the internet.

WHO WILL IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA?

Currently we are a team of 4 actively involved in the implementation. We are also partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nairobi County who will play the role of providing reliable information and human expertise in agriculture. We are also working on getting more partnership with farm inputs manufacturers

HOW HAS YOUR IDEA CHANGED BECAUSE OF BENEFICIARY FEEDBACK?

Some of the feedback that we have so far received are; All in one solution - now the system is able to provide more than one solution to the users compared to our initial idea Multilingual - we are working on integrating different languages to accommodate a larger client base Use of images - current the users are able to post images which aid in vissual explanation SMS Based - we have incorporating an SMS based system to cater for farmers without a smart phone The user feedback has generally improved the user experience by giving suggestions on ease of use of the system

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS IDEA?

How to accommodate the old and the illiterate farmers in this new technology.

WHY DO YOU THINK THE PROBLEM YOUR IDEA SOLVES FOR HASN'T BEEN SOLVED YET?

Currently farmers rely on media (TV and Radio) to get information, this information is not real time and there is no one on one interaction between the presenter and the farmer. The main cause of food wastage and spoilage is lack of climate and market information, farmers rely on middle men to get market information. Ukulima Digital will address these challenges through its platforms by giving farmers timely market and weather information and also farm management system, this will enable farmers to plan well on when to harvest thus avoiding food wastage.

WHAT WOULD YOU ULTIMATELY LIKE TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS IDEA? WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP TO GET THERE?

Our dream is to make our platform act as a hub/source of reliable agricultural information where all farmers can go to when they have any query related to farming. We plan to create a network with all agricultural organization, gather information and make this data available to farmers at a small fee depending with the type of the information. Our next step is creating awareness for more farmers to use our platform then build Bulk SMS system for farmers without smart phones.

MEMBERS OF MY TEAM HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR:

  • Between 6 months and a year

MY INTENDED BENEFICIARIES ARE:

  • Within 50 km of where our team does most of its work
  • Within 100 km of where our team does most of its work
  • Within in 500 km of where our team does most of its work
  • More than 500 km from where our team does most of its work

MY ORGANIZATION'S OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2015 WAS:

  • Under $100,000

Ukulima is a Kiswahili word that means agriculture, it is a range of products which includes Mobile App that enables farmers to manage their farms online using an android mobile phone, get information relating to agriculture and also share information with other stake holders.

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Thank you for all those who commented and give us feedback, we value your feedback.
As we come to the winning moment may the best team win!
Our promise to our followers, even if we will not make it to the winning five, we will continue doing all that is within our capacity to make farming better than it has been before, this will see Africa feed her own and her neighbors.
We welcome people of like minded to partner with us.
Thank you.

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