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Tools to help farmers decide what to grow and how, by combining localised soil, climate, pest and market data and delivering it via mobile

Tools to help farmers decide what to grow and how, by combining localised soil, climate, pest and market data and delivering it via mobile

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CABI commented on GrowLocal

On it!  We've been out doodling with extension workers and agro-dealers :)

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CABI commented on GrowLocal

Neat, thanks for the heads-up!

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CABI commented on GrowLocal

Hi Brian!
The 12 countries are actually where we have offices (you can see them here: http://www.cabi.org/about-cabi/cabi-centres/ plus a small thirteenth one in Costa Rica).  We have projects in lots more countries (search for countries you're interested in here: http://www.cabi.org/projects/search/)

We plan to focus initially on Ghana for this challenge (Malawi would be a possible future expansion).  There is some other stuff we're working on that could be relevant to you though:
 - We have a free Android app with advice on plant health problems that the farmers you're working with might encounter (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.cabi.pfff)
- We're using mobile messaging in Myanmar and Malawi (among other countries) to increase nutrition awareness (http://www.cabi.org/projects/project/44333)
- We're helping the government of Myanmar to digitise their agricultural research archives and make them available online (http://www.cabi.org/projects/project/46054)
- We're working to increase rice production in the Mekong through integrated crop management (http://www.cabi.org/projects/project/33074)
- We're working with extension services to help smallholders improve plant health (http://www.plantwise.org/default.aspx) and have lots of plant health advice and tools available in the open access Plantwise Knowledge Bank (http://www.plantwise.org/KnowledgeBank/home.aspx)

The P2P lending idea sounds neat!