Tailored extension services to smallholder farmers in Mozambique
There is a gap between innovations in agriculture worldwide and the delivery and uptake of these innovations to and by final users (smallholder farmers). In Mozambique this gap exists for several reasons, among which physical, financial and technical barriers but, most importantly, whats is lacking is the translation of these innovations into packages that can be delivered, understood and purchased by smallholder farmers.
Resilience’s solution is the development of a technological platform that provides affordable, commercial and tailored Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) to Mozambican smallholder farmers and agri-businesses, aimed at improving their farming systems, livelihood and well-being. A farmer-centric approach is used to provide solutions based on a deep understanding of rural actors’ needs, preferences, aspirations and (gendered) behaviors at the household level. IRIPO translates and packages these innovation and facilitates the communication between end users (Mozambican farmers) and multipliers of innovations in agriculture (research institutions, private sector, input suppliers, development agencies).
Access to these innovations will help smallholder farmers to make informed choices, facilitate access to technical knowledge and practices, facilitate market linkages, which in turn will enable the adoption of improved production practices and marketability.
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Adriana works on IRIPO: a mobile platform that aims to deliver rural extension, crop production and market prices to farmers in Mozambique. She supervises field activities and develops inclusive business strategies.
Over the past several years Jelle has gained hands-on work experience in innovative agricultural projects in several regions in India, Mozambique and Tanzania. These projects had a focus on bridging the gap between digital technologies and practical agriculture. He is currently supporting the team in Mozambique.