UNDP Supports Farmer’s Access to Knowledge and MarketsMay 19, 2015
9 May 2015 – With the support of UNDP, the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) launched the Mobile Kilimo Platform in Ileje, Mbeya Region. The launching ceremony was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Marketing, Hon. Janet Mbene, who commended UNDP and ESRF for the initiative, which will connect farmers to a larger market, where they can buy and sell products through their mobile phones. The District Commissioner, Mrs. Rosemary Staki Senyamule expressed her commitment to ensure a successful implementation of the project in the district and urged farmers in Ileje to seize the opportunity to improve their livelihood.
The Mobile Kilimo Platform is an innovative mobile phone-based platform, which aims at helping farmers to access markets for agriculture products and promoting knowledge sharing by enabling extension officers to share knowledge among themselves and with farmers. Through the platform farmers can receive alerts and information regarding outbreak of diseases, new technology seeds, seasons, etc. Also, once registered for the service, farmers and buyers of crops can meet online and do business.
The launching of the Mobile Kilimo was preceded by a one-day training to 35 district agricultural and forestry extension officers on how to use the platform. They will bring back the knowledge to their wards, so that more farmers can register and benefit from the Mobile Kilimo.
The Mobile Kilimo is part of the UNDP supported project “Capacity Development for Results-Based Monitoring, Evaluation and Audit”, which aims to enhance development effectiveness and accelerate poverty reduction by strengthening the institutional capacity of key government institutions and by piloting community supported, ICT-based interventions.