Region: Africa | Country : Ghana

Executive Summary

Esoko launched in 2005 and seeks to capitalize on increased mobile phone uptake across Africa to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to help farmers improve their incomes. They started by sending voice and text messages to small farmers containing information on agribusiness, including weather and pricing, and linking farmers to buyers. They are now expanding the project and working to establish digital footprints within rural communities throughout Africa – including not just farmers, but also rural communities in general. They are collecting data from these users (i.e., biometrics, GPS, and mobile money data) to form a database that can be used in a targeted way to connect users to specific services of interest (e.g., healthcare, business, e-governance, e-commerce, etc.). The project serves small farmers and rural communities in Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Burkina Faso as well as Mexico.

ESOKO: PROVIDING ACCESS TO AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION THROUGH ICTs ACROSS AFRICA #1worldconnected Click here to tweet

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