Kenyan farmers rely on iShamba’s advice

Farmers in Kenya are relying on mobile phone apps and services to plan their activities and make their decisions. New services like iShamba offer advice on almost every practical question that farmers may have.

Farmers can text any question, with the guarantee of a near immediate answer in English, Swahili or one of four regional languages. iShamba offers information about
market prices for several crops, the weather and several other themes. Supported by a callcenter of agronomy experts, iShamba also offers agri-tips about how to solve common problems with various crops.

The Guardian reports about the growing number of mobile phone services looking to provide farmers in the developing world with agricultural advice. “The boom in so-called ‘mAgri’ information services comes on the back of an exponential growth in phone ownership coupled with lower airtime costs and improved network coverage.”

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