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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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Katie commented on Planet and Prosperity: The Chiseka Beekeeping Project

Let's definitely link up - you have an incredible initiative! We are working in supporting one of our local cooperative partners to develop a more structured value chain for honey, that we help to sell locally to return profits to youth and women smallholders, which is linked to larger goals to develop a youth-owned brand. I think there is potential to collaborate, share and learn with one another - even if done remotely as you are in Malawi and we are Kenya-based (working with partners in Uganda, Tanzania and Peru). Cheers and congrats on an inspiring project!

It'd be great to link up as poor roads are a major issue for the smallholders in our network, especially linked to market access and post-harvest spoilage. We are currently working with youth networks and Youth Agents to bundle products for smallholders remotely - specifically working with youth and women who have limited surplus volumes and finding markets, one of the key challenges is poor roads and spoilage after picking up produce at the farm gate, as well as boda boda's breaking down etc.
Your initiative is really interesting and although we are coming at it from different perspectives I see the potential for some great synergy!

This is a really great initiative - although we have a team in Nairobi, our focus is on rural areas, though we are looking more into markets in urban areas and I thought it may be interesting to link up and discuss our youth-owned food brand, as we are thinking of entering urban markets and perhaps some of the youth in your network would be interested in selling produce locally... Great work!