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Digitizing farms to empower rural smallholder communities with life-changing knowledge to promote sustainable livelihoods & build resilience

Digitizing farms to empower rural smallholder communities with life-changing knowledge to promote sustainable livelihoods & build resilience

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Improving agricultural resilience and on-farm water management with IOT kits/sensors developed with African smallholders in low power areas.

Improving agricultural resilience and on-farm water management with IOT kits/sensors developed with African smallholders in low power areas.

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Thanks so much for your encouraging words, really appreciate it! Cheers, Katie

Hey Andrew - yes, let's setup a call, that'd be great! My email is katie@producersdirect.org, would be great to share and learn. Really interesting in terms of sensitization needs around buying products from people with disability. We initially had similar challenges with our heavy youth-led approach and perceptions of youth in the agri sector. Yes, let's link up. Best, Katie

Hi Andrew, thanks again for your great comments and questions on our proposal! I really enjoyed reading about your project! Linked to your sections on youth leaving smallholder communities and the youth exodus, I thought it may be interesting to hop on a call at some point - perhaps once the Challenge is over - to chat through our work with youth and perhaps share some of the ideas we've engaged youth in the sector (identifying creative ways to support youth to enter the agriculture sector without having to become farmers). I think they may provide a key piece to the puzzle you are solving in empowering people with disability in rural farmer areas. We'd also love to learn more from you linked to your work with disabled farmers, as this is something we've been discussing with our partner producer organisations/farming cooperatives about more and more. Our initial focus is on supporting farmers with limited mobility and vision and/or hearing impairment. We are new to this space and could learn a lot from you. Thanks so much! Best, Katie & the Producers Direct Team