Fefifo is building a digital platform (DDFN) that uses a model-led approach to standardise farming procedures and digitalise farm management processes for contract farming. Fefifo enables existing smallholder farmers and young agri-graduates in South East Asia to start commercial smallholder farms in ready-to-farm modern farm spaces called Co-farms.  These farms are like renting a pre-fitted office with managed farm services and guaranteed off-take.

DDFN is available to other contract farming businesses to help them manage and empower their farmer suppliers.  DDFN is made up of a web portal which is used by the contract farming business, and a mobile app which is used by their farmer suppliers.

Capability and features

At the core of the DDFN system is a robust crop model.  The DDFN crop models define agronomic parameters, crop cycle schedules, growing protocols, agri-input requirements, labour and other opex costs for each crop, using data to simulate how key factors interplay with each other and influence key operational outcomes, profitability and even the optimum pre-harvest loan.  The crop models then form the basis for automating and standardising crop management and growing protocols for a distributed network of farmer suppliers.  The Contract farming buyer can establish their own models or choose to adopt a crop models that Fefifo has already developed. 

DDFN, via the mobile app turns the farmer suppliers’ entire seed-to-sale process into simple-to-use digital workflows which the contracting business can monitor:

  • Pre-harvest loans extended to farmer supplier funds can be reserved under their wallet which can only be used for model sanctioned expenses, automatically setting aside enough harvest revenues for the next cycle before allowing farmers to draw down their profits.
  • Agri-input purchase proposals for new crop cycles are automated and parties are notified when there is a shortage.
  • Model driven digitalised crop cycles ensure farmer suppliers grow according to protocols developed and prescribed by the contract business, and any deviations and abnormalities are alerted for follow up.

Finally, digital workflows across harvest picking, sorting, packing and delivery enable real-time updates for managing harvest sales as a network for and clarity on cycle harvest profitability for both the famer suppliers and contracting businesses.

Progress to date

DDFN crop models have been built for chili, rockmelon, ginger, brinjal and lettuce.  Fefifo has begun using DDFN with a small number of trial farmers in these crops.

DDFN is currently available to other contract farming businesses on a trial basis.


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.


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.

Blockchain for good


FairChain aims to create a shared value chain with positive externalities for all involved. FairChain implements blockchain technology in cocoa, coffee and tea supply chains. All actors in the chain become players in the same ecosystem, enabling those who traditionally have the least power to become a CEO of their own product. Farmers earn living income, while B2B and B2C customers decide how much they pay the producer and what they pay a premium for. The blockchain platform is developed by a FairChain IT team icw UNDP, KrypC, using the Stellar platform, with features including tokenization, farmer digital payments and precision agriculture.

Capability and features

Retail customers will receive a physical BLT token in their product packages and will be able to scan the token (that represents a monetary value of €0.50 cents). This takes them to the FairChain website, where the customer can choose to either Redeem the token (use it as a discount for their next purchase) or Share the token with to one of our three impact projects on Ecological, Economical or Healthcare level.

With a web app, all players in the value chain log data, e.g. coffee volume, price, processing/transaction costs, date, time, location, handler. This creates transparency and traceability as well as supply chain efficiency. FairChain redistributes value in the chain, e.g. enabling customers to pay a premium to a farmer for producing high quality, or for achieving an impact target like education.

Farmers are able to et online with their own digital identity, managing harvest forecast and results, eventually negotiating directly with customers, and receiving price premium for quality and impact targets.

NGOs receive full insight in real coffee value chain, giving them an opportunity to implement a ‘beyond certification’ solution on a large scale. In the future there will be an application where NGO’s can upload specific impact projects, for example “X amount of BP measurements in Ethiopia”, and customers can gift their token to that specific project and receive performance based confirmation of the project they supported. NGO’s will have to first perform before the smart contract will deposit the tokens in their wallet. The received tokens can then be exchanged to Fiat currency.

Progress to date

To date, over 3,000 farmers have been impacted by FairChain.

FairChain has partnerships with UNDP, FAO, RVO (NL) Dutch Embassy Ethiopia and KrypC

The team are currently replicating the Limu, Ethiopia pilot large scale Ecuador cocoa sector, chain-wide deployment.



Tanijoy is a sharia agriculture investment platform that empowers local smallholder farmers through investments, end-to-end technical assistance. This creates easier access to the market, enhancing farmers’ livelihoods. Lenders receive frequent investment updates, and farmers receive easy access to capital and support.

Capability and features

Investors uses the technology to maintain their investment project regularly. Tanijoy provides them a dashboard to see their project make progress and communicate with the farmer.

Tanijoy have a dedicated field manager in each area, who assists farmers with their daily activities.

Tanijoy generates revenue from a platform fee (3% of profit), and shares profit with the investor and farmer after selling the crops.

Progress to date

Tanijoy currently has USD210k investment under management, and 640 farmers benefitting from the program. Tanijoy plans to canalize more than USD 100M funds from investors to more than 50,000 creditworthy farmers in 2022.

Blockchain Advisory, Dynamic Discounting, Jupiter Chain


JEDTrade is a leading technology company that builds business solutions powered by blockchain technology. JEDTrade believe that technology should be built around the business and its use cases.

As such, their blockchain advisory is centred on providing objective guidance and insights that are tailored to each client’s industry and needs. They blend our blockchain knowledge with subject matter expertise in trade and supply chain finance to create tailored solutions for clients.

JEDTrade deem blockchain as the key to democratising power and resources with trust, fairness and accountability. The blockchain project Jupiter Chain is a Smart Consentable Data Exchange platform that aims to create a privacy-preserving federated blockchain which enables the use of analytics.

JED Dynamic Discounting is an enterprise solution to help suppliers and buyers to optimise trade and cash flow by achieving a win-win outcome in terms advance cash flow and better yields. JEDTrade is an early supporter of the Networked Trade Platform by GovTech Singapore as a Value-Added Service (VAS) provider.

Progress to date

JEDTrade has been an early supporter of the Networked Trade Platform (NTP) by GovTech and SGCustoms as a Value-Added Service (VAS) provider.



Remote Grid gives farmers the ability to harness data from on-site or remote devices such as sensors, drones and satellites, handheld displays and smartphones. It can be used in agriculture, aquaculture, pisciculture, hydroponics, manufacturing and healthcare industries.

Farmers use this technology to monitor, track, predict & act on soil, water & crop parameters (pH, nutrients, conductivity, oxygen, sunlight, etc.)

Capability and features

Remote Grid has developed Wifi/GPRS/3G capable motes for multi-sensor connectivity with ability to output control signals. Remote Grid has also developed soil nutrient assessment sensors.

Remote Grid has the ability to integrate structured 3rd party databases (e.g. soil, weather, crops), and unstructured social media chatter through APIs for comprehensive predictive and prescriptive analytics. This gives farmers the ability to capture information from the field, transmit to a cloud and present on a smartphone/tablet.

Government benefit from real-time condition monitoring, land usage data and yield predictions.

This gives them a much better knowledge of the land under cultivation, health, yield & population well-being.

FMCGs are given the ability to predict output/yield, inputs, production and ultimately profits. Companies pay a setup fee and small monthly subscription, as well as ordering additional product enhancements and integrations.

Progress to date

Remote Grid has filed a Grand Architecture patent, and has already been rolled out with several farmers. The team are currently working on the integration of weather forecasts, yield forecasts, and connection to social media interest groups for problem sharing amongst farmers.



Crabifier is a mobile application that identifies to species a juvenile mud crab by analyzing the shape of its carapace. It is useful of mud crab farmers and traders in detecting preferred species for grow out and validating the pricing of crablets for sale.

Capability and features

Crabifier helps farmers identify if captured or sold juveniles are of their preferred species. Crabifier can also be used by traders for species identification of juvenile mud crabs. Through the app, traders can be assured that they are providing the right species to the right farmer, and can also allow for better stratification of prices of different species.

Mud crab researchers can also use the app for the same reasons, but scientists can also benefit from the back-end processes and systems that allowed the development of Crabifier. Through a system that combines image analysis and molecular biology, researchers can find morphological markers to differentiate varieties, species, and developmental stages, and create an algorithm to automate the process. This democratizes the disciplines and allow for a more efficient and consistent method of identification for different purposes.

Progress to date

Crabifier has worked with five farmers and is set to be tested in the mud crabs farms of Cagayan, Bataan and Iloilo to showcase its current state of accuracy and mobility. Interested parties from local governments, trade schools and state universities have also signified their interest in learning about the technology.

A new project involving Crabifier seeks to democratize the use and development of such technologies through a training program that will teach members of local governments, state high schools and universities, and agriculture and aquaculture stakeholders that basic principles of DNA barcoding, image analysis and programming. This targets the creation of a national network knowledgeable in the use of the technique and involved in the discussions and movements towards the modernization of Philippine agriculture and aquaculture practices.



LuckNow is a SaaS solution that helps farmers improve their land management practices, through the use of IoT devices, artificial intelligence and connections to market partners. The system analyses data points such as sunlight levels, temperature, precipitation, pH, humidity, presence of pests or diseases, etc.  Farmers are able to plan out their activities in line with best practices, and sensors in their fields help them make good decisions that boost their yields.

Capability and features

Farmers use LuckNow to select and track inputs, set harvest schedules and monitor results. Sensors help to detect issues and make recommendations, in order to increase their productivity. Farmers are better connected to input suppliers and market partners, improving their yields, prices received and therefore increasing their incomes.

Extension workers use LuckNow to assist farmers in monitoring farm conditions, as the sensors and cameras allow for early detection of issues. LuckNow shortens the time needed for agricultural education, automatic input information by recording the growing crop condition through IoT system.

Businesses are engaged via a subscription model. They use Lucknow to find and contact farmers spread across wide geographic areas by verifying their identity and proof of farm ownership. These businesses can benefit from better estimates of farm production, and use the data collected from each farmer.

Progress to date

LuckNow are currently establishing a presence in Java in partnership with the provincial government, and have been working with 30 farmers in Japan.

The team are currently developing a traceability system with NFC or RFID to track the produce from farm to end processor, for food safety and product certifications and supply chain management. They are also creating iPhone and Android phone interfaces to improve the system’s useability.



Pessl Instruments GmbH (Pessl), an Austrian AgTech company, aims to improve the climate resilience of smallholder Filipino farmers through a public private partnership called “Improving Productivity in Agriculture through Climate-Smart Technology” or ImPACT. Pessl has deployed over 32 proprietary agro-meteorological IoT devices that enable farmers to adopt Climate-Smart Agriculture in their daily farming activities. These devices autonomously measure and transmit environmental data, which is processed and delivered to farmers in the via a simplified mobile application. Farmers are able to use this data to reduce their chemical footprint and improve their yield.

Capability and features

ImPACT allows farmers to monitor all relevant climatic conditions and soil parameters, bringing their agricultural work management one step higher. ImPACT combines monitored and forecasted data to get a powerful tool, which optimizes production and lets farmers produce more with less.

With the help of climatic and soil monitoring and forecasting farmers can:

  1. Monitor climatic conditions in nurseries to avoid germination problems when sowing vegetables.
  2. Optimize fertilization time
  3. Optimize plant protection activities to have disease free yield.
  4. Manage irrigation by monitoring soil moisture, identifying when a crop is suffering water stress and starting an irrigation system on time.

Progress to date

ImPACT has reduced the input usage of farmers, enabling more precise documentation of farmers’ daily activity and improved crop yields.

ImPACT have worked with a control group of 100 farmers, expanding to 5,000 farmers in 2019 and 10,000 farmers by 2020.

Deployment will be made sustainable through a service model, e.g. farmers pay $1 per month for the application and are therefore able to save money on chemicals and increase their incomes.

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