Data’s role in sustainable tea production

By Amy Barthorpe, Head of Business Development Tea is one of the drinks most enjoyed worldwide. It supports millions of people’s livelihoods (with an estimated 3 million tea farmers in Kenya and 80 million in China) and in 2016 the global … Read more

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Information…the cornerstone of Agribusiness

By Dennis Odera, Africa Business Consultant At face value, food security and unemployment are words that have very little in common. If you look at the words through an agricultural lens, however, similarities start to pop up. An estimated 25% … Read more

Information can help farmers start a successful agribusiness.

Posted 22 June 2016 | Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

What’s brewing in tea supply chains in Kenya?

By Amy Barthorpe, Head of Business Development Do you source tea from Kenya? Not surprising, as Kenya is the largest producer of tea in Africa, and the fourth largest producer in the world (behind India, China and Sri Lanka)! For … Read more

Companies often have limited visibility over tea supply chains, which makes it challenging to prevent crop diseases or allocate resources effectively.

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Reducing risk with climate information

By Amy Barthorpe, Head of Business Development Global warming is rearing its ugly head – and it’s making an impact. There’s one thing for sure… uncertainty around climate has become certain. Temperatures are rising and increasingly we are witnessing unpredictable … Read more

Climate information can help small-scale farmers enhance resilience and reduce risk on their farms.

Posted 17 May 2016 | Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Insects in the life of a farmer

By Njoki Thuo, Africa Agriculture Consultant Usually, the word ‘insect’ makes us think of a little flying animal that can sting or bite us, or even ruin our homes. However, despite the general negative view towards insects, they actually play … Read more

Insects are important in the life of a farmer, as pest control, pollinators, and in fertilisation of the soil.

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Mobile technology and cotton sustainability

By Amy Barthorpe, Head of Business Development. What are you wearing today? Whatever brand it is, whatever colour, or size, there is a 50/50 chance that it is made from cotton. Cotton has been used for thousands of years (with … Read more

Challenges to cotton sustainability include increases in temperature, changes in rainfall patterns, and urban migration.

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Improving supplier resilience with information

By Amy Barthorpe, Head of Business Development Smallholder farmers produce 70% of world’s food and for many other staples like coffee and cocoa the percentage is even higher. 80% of the world’s coffee is grown by small-scale farmers; and smallholder … Read more

Improving supplier resilience is important when it comes to coffee farmers, as coffee is a delicate crop susceptible to changes in climate.

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M-Agri services for small-scale farmers

Although 2.3 billion people around the world depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, a majority of the over 500 million small-scale farmers – who produce 70% of the world’s food – have limited or no access to critical agricultural information … Read more

With data driven mAgri services, small-scale farmers can receive vital information and financial services.

Posted 28 April 2016 | Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Information Revolution for Smallholder Farmers

By Dennis Odera, Africa Business Manager “What do you think Kenyan farmers need the most?” A friend asked me this while we were catching up on our careers. I am privileged enough to work in the agriculture space and have … Read more

Information can help farmers tackle the many problems they face.

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CIP Prize: the importance of climate information

By Dennis Odera, Africa Business Manager Do you ever wonder where the food on your plate comes from? I may not be entirely sure but there is a high likelihood it comes from the farm of a small-scale farmer. There … Read more

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