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Sat4Rice


About
Sat4Rice is a real-time growth monitoring system, which uses a combination of satellite data and field data to provide both actionable advice to smallholder farmers and business intelligence information to agribusinesses.

Sat4Rice provides accurate insights on rice growing conditions, which provides farmers, extension workers and traders with valuable information that helps them become more efficient.

The Sat4Rice app allows data to be entered from the field, which integrated with satellite data in real-time. The resulting information in the database is then used both in the smartphone app for farmers, and in the professional desktop portal for agribusinesses.

Capability and features
Extension workers use the Sat4Rice mobile application to record timely and accurate information on crop conditions. With real-time information on pest & diseases and floods, extension workers can provide better advice to farmers.

Traders use Sat4Rice for daily information on rice growth. Large scale rice fields are mapped and daily updated with the current growing conditions. This data allows them to optimize core business processes, such as logistics, marketing and staff, both in fields and rice mills.

Farmers receive better information on rice growing conditions, and receive early warnings on floods, pests and diseases. Contract farmers receive information and advice for free, helping them to increase both the quantity and quality of their rice.

Progress to date
The first successful implementation of Sat4Rice was in the Mekong delta in Vietnam, where over 50,000 smallholder farmers have been reached with the service.
Sat4Rice is also being implemented in Pakistan, and collaborations in other South East Asian countries have started up as well.

mySmartfarm


About
Smartfarms Network is an impact organization engaged in creating sustainable livelihood for smallholder farmers in Asia. Through its innovative “mySmartfarm” digital platform (a combination of a web portal + mobile app) and network of Smarthub farmer service centers, it intends to raise farmer incomes and reduce risk.

Due to fragmented nature and last mile issues, small farms are often excluded from economic growth. mySmartfarm uses a holistic approach called CARES to build farm communities driven by common purpose and shared learnings. CARES stands for:

Connect – direct connectivity between farmer and input manufacturers, insurers, financiers, etc.

Advisory – customised farm management advice for each user.

Risk Management – training on how to manage diseases, pests and other risks.

Empower – building cohesive communities and creating collective strength.

Sustain – build sustainable livelihoods for all farmers.

mySmartfarm is free for farmers to use, with communities experiencing more benefits as more farmers come onboard. Smartfarms instead generates revenue through corporate subscriptions, as well as making a small margin on what is sold through the platform.

Capability and features
Farmers can use the mobile app or a specialised hotline to receive customized farm management advice. The mobile app gives them access to their own data, as well as a direct connection to input/output companies. This results in higher farmgate prices, lower input costs and higher farm productivity.

Input manufacturers have a direct connection with farmers and access to data on farm performance. This creates a low-cost distribution channel and higher impact on farm performance through direct connectivity and predictive performance data analysis.

Governments gain access to farm data and outreach for Government sponsored programs and initiatives.

Progress to date
mySmartfarm has over 100 farmers to date, thanks to a successful farmer adoption test in the Philippines. Smartfarms Network Pte Ltd are currently prototyping the MVP for digital platform, and have the support of one of the largest corporates in the Philippines in building an integrated feed gate to market supply chain solution for their hog feed business.

iFarms


About
iFarms’ flagship product, Umá, is a mobile app that serves as an online agri-marketing tool for producers. By connecting key stakeholders through an online wholesale market place, Umá adds earning opportunities for producers / farmers to reach markets and fulfil the demand.
This is achieved by creating reliable partnerships for producers, providing them with relevant information like actual demands and market trends with transparent pricing across the value chain.
Umá helps farmers to better forecast crop harvests and offers a secure payment system, freeing them from traditional market demands and practices.

Capability and features
Umá has 2 apps connected to each other. One for the Farmers called Umá Grower and another for the buyers called Umá.
This is a solution created for those who are looking to procure from local farms directly. Their app lets buyers identify trusted farmers and use the order management platform to schedule deliveries and payments. This trust benefits both parties, who are each given assurance that they will be treated fairly.
Farmers can use Uma’s digital solutions to overcome deep-rooted agricultural barriers, such as uncertainty, mistrust and a lack of reliable information. Uma allows farmers to sell their crops before harvest, access an online marketplace, and ensure that their payments will be received.
iFarms, Inc. is developing food safe infrastructure called Umá Agriculture Terminal. This provides services for producers to drop of their goods as such for fulfilment centres.

Progress to date
iFarms has recently formalised partnerships with Nueva Vizcaya Agricutural Terminal, Inc, a farmer owned corporation, with over 150 farming families, that acts as the trading ground for the region’s produce, and Indigenous People Organization in Mindanao, which plant heirloom grains for a premium market.
iFarms are currently working with a cooperative, as well as Agro-industrial producers, foundations and independent family farms.
iFarms are simultaneously working on two fulfilment centres in rural and urban areas. Both facilities will feature innovative technology, with the implementation of Food Safety Standards guided by a professional licensed group.

Talad


About
Talad was established in 2018 to enable all parties within the global agricultural sector to connect with each other. The Talad App helps farmers find and hire farm workers. Additionally, it allows users to buy & sell agricultural related products and hire mechanics to fix machinery. Through the direct connection of all parties, Talad aims to reduce the cost of buying and selling agricultural related products and services. Smallholder farmers benefit from increased incomes, while mechanics and farm workers can increase their customer base.

Capability and features
Talad is a mobile phone application that enables farmers to find farm workers (manual labor or with machineries). A built-in notification feature will alert users about upcoming scheduled events. Farmers can also view up-to-date crop prices from different buyers to see where they can sell their yield for the highest price. Other features include the capability to buy & sell agriculture products directly to end users without a middleman, and an Online Agri Info Hub where farmers can learn up-to-date farming techniques, which help them generate more income and reduce pollution.

Farm workers can search for farmers in their area who are in need of their services, as well as mechanics who can fix their machinery. Land measurement tools allow users to pinpoint the exact location where the services should be provided while calculating the total area of the land. This gives both parties an accurate total area, which will be the base for calculating a fair payment.

Progress to date
Over 70,000 farmers, farm workers, and mechanics are already using Talad App, and the Buy & Sell board has over 3,000 products.
Talad App has been awarded “Best New Market” Award from National Innovation Agency of Thailand during the AgTech Battle 2019.

ListenField


About
ListenField provides precision technology to empower farmers and interconnect stakeholders, creating a new economy for food production. Their app, FarmAI uses IoT integration, predictive analytics for climate and crop growth, and satellite imagery analysis in one mobile app. This gives farmers actionable data for making the right decision in every step of farming. The right action can reduce losses due to climate uncertainty worth around 10-15% every season.

Capability and features
Farmers can use the FarmAI mobile app to log their activity, access weather and risk information and yield predictions, and access a knowledgeable community. FarmAI helps farmers to reduce uncertainty and teaches them improved farming techniques through farming community. Farmers are connected to wholesale buyers, adding transparency and removing the need for agents. This makes it easier for them to find the best deals, and improves payment processes. Farmer’s data records are automatically risk-assessed, so farmers will get better and faster access to financial aid, insurance and credit.

Governments and financial institutions can access valuable data from thousands of farmers, and  the platform will help auditors to work and communicate with farmers in real-time. FarmAI creates an opportunity for Governments to better support farmers through their policies, and for financial institutions to create more suitable products. FarmAI generates revenue from these customers, allowing the app to be free for farmers.

Traders benefit from FarmAI’s dashboard for finding farmers and better products, which improves trust and creates transparency around quality and price. These buyers can trace back their products to the field level, and access to the best performing farmers. FarmAI minimizes their risk by guaranteeing the trader’s supply chain, verifying the quality of products through digitalized data on the platform.

Progress to date
To date, FarmAI has over 7,000 farmers signed up to the platform. The team selected as one of the finalists of the UNDP Seed award, and has partnerships with several organic communities and Bank of Thailand.

FarmAI are improving their user experience, adding organic certification compatible reports, and crop performance analysis from satellite imagery.

 

Bluenumber


About

Bluenumber (B#) is a digital ID to uniquely identify People, Organisations, Places or Things, and show how these specific entities relate to each other in complex systems such as supply chains. As well as being unique, each B# operates as a ‘primary key’ for the same entity in different databases. B#s can verify specific farmers, farms and facilities by triangulating public information with private data, to visualize where supply chains begin, who is involved at every stage, and reveal the ESG attributes of these entities from multiple independent sources.

Capability and features

B#s identifies and connects to every farmer, linking them to their farms, business partners and their facilities, at every level in value chains. This goes beyond supply chain traceability to provide operational insights relevant to farmers and every stakeholder. B#s verify that entities exist, if they are accurately certified, measures and reports risks, and produces evidence to corroborate sustainability claims. Buyers will know who is in the supply chain, what their practices are and how they are demonstrated. B#s recognise farmers – not just the crops they produce. Farmers are enabled to independently evidence their sustainable practices.
Bluenumber services are used by buyers and brands to verify their supply chain partners, making their operations transparent and to verify their environmental impacts. Bluenumber guarantees accurate deforestation measurement and land use change. Bluenumber enables buyers to connect directly with farmers to support livelihoods, training and their communities. Other clients include banks and lenders with rural financial inclusion programs.

Progress to date

Bluenumber partners with Sourcemap to produce industry-leading supply chain mapping and analysis. Over 250,000 oil palm smallholders in Malaysia and Indonesia have been mapped with B#s. Bluenumber is leading a mutistakeholder initiative to create the SDG Scorecard for Edible Vegetable Oils using Indonesian Palm Oil as a benchmark.

RT Analytics


About

RT Analytics have created rtWork and rtHome; apps that can digitize anything with electronic forms, which substitute processes that farmers currently do with paper and pencils. Farmers can take images, videos, GPS coordinates, scan QR codes, search for inputs, etc.
While farmers can use the app free of charge, revenue is generated from agribusiness companies, who benefit from the data collected from smallholder farmers.

Capability and features

Farmers use a range of features, including the Farm E-diary, Cost Management, Hired Labors Management, Inventory Management, CRM and Messaging. These tools increase their productivity and revenues whilst also reducing costs.

Input Manufacturers benefit from clear information about their products and how to use instructions. rtWork tells the manufactures what products farmers are using and where their products are being forged.

NGOs use these tools to coordinate and support both Ag businesses and farmers, allowing them to strengthen value chains.

 

Progress to date

RT Analytics has worked with over 300 farmers to date, and are collaborating with CIAT Vietnam and AliSEA to implement pilot projects in Vietnam. Their apps are available for the web, iOS and Android.

Advance AI driven analysis


About: Adatos provides analysis on key crop performance metrics using AI to interpret huge amounts of multispectral and SAR data from satellites.

Capability and features:  Adatos uses advanced AI to provide analysis on any scale from 1 ha to 100,000,000 ha. We can measure foliar and soil macronutrients (N,P,K), moisture stress, yield estimation, pest and disease and other key indicators. This helps farmers optimise the use and type of fertiliser to where it is most needed based on 100% analysis of the crop.

For forestry we also measure biomass remotely.

Our technology can be applied to any crop in any location. We are keen to work with aggregators such as wholesale producers, buyers, fertiliser companies, equipment manufacturers, who can efficiently deliver this information to smallholders.

Progress to date

Achievements:

Custom disease detection models for specific crops.

Very large scale analysis to detect areas planted with oil palm and the biological age of the palm. Modelling of yield for crops based on large sets of high-dimensionality satellite and weather data.

SmartRisk


About

SmartRisk is a predictive and prescriptive solution for risk monitoring, mitigation and forecasting intelligence. The AI and machine learning based platform detects cropping patterns and predicts the future of the crop, thus highlighting the associated risk and opportunity for agri-stakeholders. Businesses can achieve farm-level crop detection and yield prediction through the SmartRisk capabilities that can also establish historical performance of every pixel at farm/postcode/state/country level by utilizing easy-to-use Connector APIs.

Capability and features

CropIn’s solutions are powered by proprietary algorithms built on ground data, satellite imagery and weather data, which are used to provide insights at farm and region level. The results are accurate, reliable, and highly predictable.

SmartRisk can improve the loan collection process, optimize the loan disbursement process, pre-emptively assess NPA, perform crop growth analysis to monitor risk in real time and expand lending portfolios to new regions with higher confidence. This is valuable for banks, NBFCs, microfinance institutions, insurance companies, government bodies, commodity traders and sourcing managers.

Lenders can detect cropping patterns, monitor the health of standing crop, estimate crop yield, and also establish the historical performance of a farm/plot. SmartRisk thus makes loan disbursement processes more streamlined, in addition to providing lenders with event triggers on a farmer/plot level.

Governments can take advantage of SmartRisk’s capability to efficiently predict crop yield in a given location for multiple types of crops to achieve varied objectives such as study of a crop’s productivity, nationwide yield estimation, planning and implementation of policies, and accurate payment of crop insurance claims among others.

CropIn largely works on a B2B model, catering to farming companies that employ farmers in large numbers. Through this, CropIn has been able to effectively digitize over 3.1 million acres of farmland within a short span of time.

Progress to date

CropIn’s platform has impacted over 2.1 million farmers worldwide.

SmartRisk’s proprietary ML algorithms enabled one of the world’s largest retailers to source high-quality grapes from farms at close proximity, thereby effectively cutting down expense incurred due to logistics and operational hassles.

A globally renowned beverage company leveraged SmartRisk’s intelligent crop detection capabilities to detect high-growth sorghum farms in order to set-up warehousing and processing centers in Nigeria.

Upcoming initiatives include: identification of stress and crop stages, expansion of CropIn’s reach in Southeast Asia, accurate detection of more crops, along with their health & yield estimates.

Hub


About

HUB is a digital platform that collects, manages and shares data on smallholder farmers to expand their access to the agricultural value chain, by leveraging satellite data and AI. HUB’s software solutions are designed to be ‘plug and play’; they can be connected to customer’s management information systems through APIs (application program interface).  Once clients have the software, which includes mobile data collection, credit risk scoring and farmland monitoring, they can also access the remote sensing data which provides information on the crop activity of individual farms.

Capability and features

The HUB Digital Platform includes an Agri-Lending Suite which has a mobile data collection app, credit scoring system and farmland monitoring dashboard which all incorporate Harvesting’s remote sensing and AI technology to deliver actionable insight on smallholder farmers. By using the Agri-Lending Suite, lenders can expand their market to include borrowers without a credit history while improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their lending operations.

Cooperatives and other aggregators of smallholder farmers can use different aspects of the HUB including farmland monitoring, credit assessment farmer management, training management, communication with farmers, and buyer and supplier management.

By digitizing and improving the data and farmer management capabilities of cooperatives, HUB can help cooperatives become more productive and efficient, helping to assure their sustainability as well as that of their members and other providers in the value chain.

Input manufacturers that provide credit to smallholder farmers can use HUB’s agri-lending suite, farmer management, and farmer communication features to better identify, assess and monitor customers purchasing inputs on credit. They can expand their market by cost-effectively identifying, assessing and monitoring potential customers who need financing to purchase supplies.

Progress to date

Harvesting and the HUB Digital Platform has empowered over 5,000 farmers, giving them actionable insight on crop activity and connecting them to other providers in the agriculture value chain.

Harvesting are working with CGAP (WorldBank) on a funded pilot project with Pride Uganda that resulted in the country’s first credit risk scoring system. FMO, the Dutch development bank, is helping to fund a pilot project with Maha MFI in Myanmar. ILO funded a pilot study in India. Mercy Corps Social Ventures recently became an investor to help the development and deployment of the HUB worldwide.

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