Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future

2017 Annual Meeting | Oct. 22-25 | Tampa, FL

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Division: ASA Section: Global Agronomy

Title: Information Delivery Tools to Enhance Agricultural Productivity and Profitability for Smallholder Farmers

Organizer: Charles E. Kome
Lead Community Sponsor: Agronomy in Africa Community
Cosponsor: SSSA Division: Pedology, SSSA Division: Soil Education and Outreach
Community Cosponsor: Agronomic Solutions for Smallholders Community, Extension Education Community, Global Digital Soil Map Community
Format: Oral Topical Session
Keywords: Agricultural resources Information delivery tools, Phone applications, Text messaging and Website or webcast

Session Description: Advances in technology provide unique opportunities to improve productivity and profit margins for smallholder farmers in Africa as in other developing countries.  For example the use of cell phones to access soil information, or agricultural inputs, the use of text messaging by input vendors to meet with groups of farmers and for rural banking is changing the way farmers do business. Participants will share scalable lessons learned.