CTA has invested over €150,000 to investigate the technical and business feasibility of satellite data-enabled irrigation advisory services in Ghana, as it takes the lead in formulating a 'big proposal' to develop a project along similar lines to its Market-led User-owned ICT4AG-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) project in Uganda.
August 9, 2017
Access to key data allows producers to increase their productivity and income
By Eric de La Chesnais Published 08/08/2017
Pius Mitei, a young chicken farmer living in the Rift Valley region of Kenya, has a smile on his face once again. Last year, he was able to revive his farming work through a microloan of a few hundred euro that allowed him to buy chicken feed, raise his birds and sell them at the market for a profit. Today, he runs a farm with 500 chickens and has diversified into growing strawberries and coriander.
After over one and a half years of thoughtful and careful preparations, the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) Service Bundle was officially launched at the Uganda country office on 8 March 2017. The MUIIS Service Bundle consists of a series of context-specific weather alerts, agronomic tips and index-based insurance throughout the season and covers four agricultural commodities: maize, beans, sesame and soybeans. Built together by a strong consortium of seven partners, both local and international, and other third party service providers, the service is geared towards harnessing satellite data to support extension and advisory service to farmers in Uganda. At the time of the launch, over 30,000 farmers had been profiled (digitally registered) and the registration can only increase when the platform is opened to the public and farmers see the value of the service bundle.
Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) is an innovative project that harnesses the power of satellite data to support extension and advisory services to farmers in Uganda. A critical component of MUIIS is the capacity building activities of farmer organisations to own the information service and provide advisory services to their members.