Digitalisation for agriculture: The case of MUIIS Uganda

The case of MUIIS project is an epitome of digitalisation for agriculture in which access to digital solutions by smallholder farmers and other value chain actors has led to more efficient operations within the agricultural innovation system, resulting in equal access to finance by women, men, young and old; increased resilience; improved production and income.

The Market-led, User-owned, ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS) project ran from 2015 to 2018 and set out to reach 350,000 maize, soya bean and sesame (simsim) farmers in Uganda within three years. The project provided a bundle of timely, accurate and actionable weather, agronomic tips, index-based drought insurance services, and financial services including index-based insurance to farmers in central, eastern, northern and western Uganda. The core product, the MUIIS service bundle, was meant to serve their sole consumer, the smallholder farmer. As the project progressed, the product portfolio has diversified into six interlinked products with the potential to serve both B2B and B2C markets.