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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.
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