Towards Large-Scale Digital Decision Support Systems for Farmers combines Big Data with food security to better inform real-time decision making for rural farmers in Africa.
P4G invested $100,000 in this partnership.
Focused in Malawi, the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, Michigan State University, and Viamo tested the relationship between targeted agronomy messages through interactive voice response (IVR) and better decision making on maize farms, with the ultimate aim of increasing yields and improving food security. The groundbreaking study has demonstrated that IVR messaging was effective at influencing farmers to plant early, use urea fertilizer more appropriately, and adopt better weeding practices. With P4G’s help, the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture has pushed the needle forward on developing tailored, timely agricultural services for low-income farmers at the scale needed for commercial profitability. Read more.
Digitalizing Decision Support Systems for Rural Farmers