ComDev Stories

FAO tech tools bring climate change info to Senegalese farmers

Climate change has directly affected traditional farming practices around the world. Historical rain patterns have become irregular, which has impacted planting and harvesting decisions. These complexities caused by climate change have led rural farmers in Senegal to adopt digital technologies.  In 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched a project called Agricultural Services and Digital Inclusion in Africa (ASDIA). Funded through Flexible Voluntary Contribution, ASDIA

IVR service improves livelihoods of Nepalese farmers

As the world modernizes, remote farmers in Nepal are also embracing technological advancements for an opportunity to improve their livelihoods.  An Interactive Voice Response (IVR) service called Suchanako Sansaar, which means ‘World of Information,’ was launched in Sukhet, Nepal. It was initiated by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in collaboration with the CGIAR and Viamo in June 2019.  This innovation is a pioneer in connecting farmers directly

Agriculture’s connected future: How ICT adoption can empower Nepalese farmers

The roles of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools such as radio, television, mobile phones, the Internet, and computers are gaining more recognition in Nepal’s agriculture sector.  In a study by Siggdel and colleagues (2022), almost 400 paddy farmers were interviewed about their knowledge, perception, and satisfaction on the use of ICT tools in agriculture. The study highlighted the considerable gap between the actual yield and potential yield of farmers