UjuziKilimo Kit is an analytical system that measures soil characteristics to help farmers understand and quantify soil qualities.
Data is collected using an electronic sensor inserted into the ground, which sends it to a central database for analysis. Farmers receive a text message with a guide on the soil, and personalized advice on preferred crop breeds, pest control, current market value of crops, tools required and where to find them. UjuziKilimo is currently available in central, Rift Valley and Nyanza regions. The product is in a piloting stage.
Goal 2: Aims to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
Currently the company has the final prototypes ready for manufacturing in a larger scale. The aim was to prepare logistics and reach out to potential manufacturing partners, to enable mass producing the hardware units for purchase and use by the field agents by July 2017.
Sensors can be purchased directly from manufacturer or a field agent can perform soil tests, users must suscribe for the SMS service with UjuziKilimo Solutions. All costs are inclusive in the analysis services payment. Payments are done via Mobile money M-pesa.
Ujuzikilimo is partnering with organizations in the area that are working with farmers, these organizations include Ujuzikilimo’s solution on top of what they are currently offering the farmers they are working with.
Up to January 2017 it is estimated that UjuziKilimo has directly helped over 200 rural farmers.
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work (Mobile Internet, SMS, voice, Fixed Internet, Wi-Fi, etc)
Device(s) type required for the product/service to work. (smartphone ,feature phone, computer, tablet, other [specify])
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Usage rate for the app/voice-SMS service – to be determined if the manufacturers are willing to share this number.
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Support according to the literacy level required from the user. If no, the user is intended to be literate
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Specify the application that serves the improvement of food system’s outcome (Connection to market, Supply chain information, Education on farming practices, Weather information, Localization information, etc)
The database uses an algorithm that picks all the necessary data from research institutions, universities, market agencies and other stakeholders, and synchs it, before disseminating it to the farmers.
From manufacturer and field agents
5 out of 10 farmers reported 30% increase in their crop yield within 6 months, during field trials.
Manufacturer and Kenya Agricultural Research Institution
Interactive SMS for weather updates, crop management and market information.
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