Original Source: Rabobank Foundation
“We want to help smallholders boost productivity and income, whatever their circumstances,” says Albert Boogaard, Rabo Foundation’s Head of Innovation. Here’s how even the most marginalized, unconnected farmers are benefitting from digital innovation.
Some Rabo Foundation innovation programs target smallholder farmers who are already doing relatively well – they have access to mobile phones, speak English, and have some agricultural knowledge. But other farmers are more marginalized. They only speak the local language, haven’t been to school, and don’t have access to (mobile) phones or the internet. All this severely limits their means to gain up-to-date knowledge on topics ranging from farming best practices and market prices to financial literacy. Perhaps surprisingly, tech solutions can play a key role for them too.
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