Over 100 organisations across 14 partner countries have initiated a total of 23 G4AW projects. They are building business models for public/private partnerships to deliver financially sustainable services. Involved organisations are using existing technology and services, empowering the most important actors in the food production chain: farmers, fishermen and pastoralists.
All projects have the following in common:
An overview of the G4AW projects and contact details are available in the Overview G4AW projects 2013-2018
GIACIS (Ethiopia), G4INDO (Indonesia) and SUM-Africa (Mali, Uganda) aim to guarantee income of and investments by small holder food prodcucers. CommonSense supports sesame and barley producers in Ethiopia by providing weather and agro-advisory services.
CROPMON in Kenya builds a crop monitoring system to alert farmers about non optimal growth conditions. Smallholder farmers in Bangladesh will benefit from GEOBIS’ as well as IDSS’ agricultural advice, and GEOPOTATO to prevent potato disease. In Vietnam, resilience of rice producing communities will be improved by Sat4Rice and GREENcoffee will help Vietnamese coffee farmers improve their production, income and food security. SMARTseeds will support vegetable farmers in Indonesia to increase their production and reduce the inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides and SpiceUp will improve productivity of the Indonesian smallholder pepper farmers. Ankor SALAD in Cambodia will offer to vegetable farmers and to businesses irrigation advice, fertilizer advice, crop planning advice, market information. In Myanmar, SAM aims to provide personalised farming advice and stimulate financial inclusion for smallholder farmers and MYVAS4AGRI will build a single digital platform where farmers will have at their fingertips data on weather, alerts, price information, and instant access to trained staff.
MUIIS will help increase crops of maize, soy bean, beans and sesame in Uganda, combined with insurance for farmers. In Burundi, GAP4A will will deliver crop information advisory services to smallholder farmers. Sat4Farming will support Ghanaian cocoa farmers to increase their production, income and food security.
MODHEM improves moving herd management and incomes for Burkina Faso’s pastoralists. In Mali, STAMP aims to improve resilience among climate affected pastoralists. Ensuring local food security is R4A’s goal, through activation of a digital information portal supported by a participatory model. Geodatics helps farmers and agribusiness clients to optimise their business activities. SIKIA will support rice farmers in Tanzania with weather forecasts and crop advices and strengthen the value chain.
Please see the project leaflets to learn more about the ways G4AW projects help to improve food security.
The Indonesian Government has decided on a crop insurance policy to assist farmers and to boost food security. The target group of the G4INDO project are smallholder rice farmers, with an average of 1 or 2 ha of land in Indonesia, especially on Java, where the project situated. The project will provide services (crop insurance and third crop feasibility advice) to 200,000 farmers.
In the Ethiopian highlands the poorest farmers use microcredit to buy seeds and fertilizer. One in three crops fail because of too much or too little water. The credit still has to be paid back which reduces the farmer and his family to poverty. GIACIS will offer 1.6 million farmers very affordable insurance based on satellite data, so that the credit will be refunded in case of a failed harvest.
The CommonSense project will offer a total package of three satellite based services to the poorest farmers in Ethiopia: an information service to provide farmers with a.o. weather information and advice on use of fertilizer, a microcredit that enables farmers to buy fertilizer, seeds, etc., and a micro insurance to compensate farmers in case of failed harvests.
Drought and excessive rain are the two largest causes of crop loss in Africa, keeping farmers stuck in poverty. Insurance is the key to escaping this poverty trap. The aim of the SUM Africa project is to provide low-cost, satellite based drought and excessive rain insurance to farmers in Mali and Uganda.
Rain for Africa aims to provide the best weather information available for (semi) professional users, enhanced with locally collected data, which offers weather and crop advice for free to smallholder farmers. Applications for integrating weather data with expert agricultural knowledge will be developed and made accessible at an affordable price to farmers, national weather services, added value providers and other potential clients in South Africa.
GEOPOTATO will develop and implement a decision support service (DSS) in Bangladesh for an optimal control strategy of late blight in potato. Various models using satellite data will continuously measures and forecasts weather and biomass growth of potato crops in relation to the late blight disease cycle. The DSS evaluates this information to provide farmers with preventive spray advice when a late blight infection period is predicted to occur.
GEOBIS uses spatial and other geodata for providing effective, time and location specific advisory services to smallholder farmers in Bangladesh. It is aimed at improving agricultural productivity and farmer income, upgrading agricultural zoning and at improving the management of weather related emergencies.
MUIIS is an innovative project that uses the power of information and communication technologies and big data to support agricultural productivity in Uganda. It aims to establish a demand-driven, market-led, and userowned extension and advisory service, using satellite based information services for: weather forecasting and alerts, crop management and agronomic tips and financial services - including index-based insurance to crop farmers in Uganda.
The primary objective of IDSS is to significantly enhance the capacity of (smallholder) farmers, retailers and extension agents by providing localized advice. The advisory service will be customized, combining advanced geo-data and better agronomic practice into actionable crop-specific advice for farmers. IDSS service will eventually empower the farmers with information they currently lack to solve critical problems.
CROPMON aims to develop and make available an affordable information service, that provides farmers - including smallholders - with information via SMS and/or a mobile app that helps them to make improved farm management decisions during the growing season. When crop growth is non-optimal, farmers will receive alert messages based on near real-time satellite imagery and the most likely factors that could limit crop growth are determined usingactual weather data, soil analysis data and farm data.
Sat4Rice aims to improve the effectiveness of existing extension services and output of (smallholder) rice farmers in the Mekong Delta. This will be done by enriching the existing basic agricultural information with advanced geodata. It will help raise awareness, provide knowledge and build resilience of local communities. The efficiency of inputs for rice production in the Mekong Delta, e.g. water, fertiliser and pesticides, will also be improved.
Geodatics is a social business start-up that integrates geodata, satellite data and farm typologies into tailor made advice for smallholder farmers. Geodatics aims to provide more than 200,000 smallholder farmers with tailor made fertilizer advice, market information and farm management support. This will help optimize the nutrient application and increase their farm income and production.
MODHEM project works to improve the food security situation of pastoralists and farmers’ households through access to and use of geo-satellite derived data. Through the platform, MODHEM will provide valuable information, such as accurate information about biomass availability, water availability, weather forecasts and livestock market prices, to pastoralists. This will increase meat yields, prevent crop losses and reduce conflicts between pastoralists and farmers.
STAMP aims to improve resilience among climate affected pastoralists, through access to and use of geo-satellite derived data. This will result in an information service tailor-made to pastoralists’ information and decision making needs, giving them more predictability for their movements. The service will provide instant access to reliable information on biomass availability and quality, surface water availability, herd concentration and market prices for livestock and staple grains.
SIKIA is a public-private partnership in the rice value chain in Tanzania. The project targets 125,000 smallholder farmers in the SAGCOT area, enabling them to increase their yields and incomes. Furthermore the partnership will enable better connectivity in the value chain for provision of new products and services.
GREENcoffee will implement a financial sustainable information service that supports 100,000 coffee farmers in Central Highlands of Vietnam to increase their production, income, food security and to reduce the inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides.
SMARTseeds will implement a financially sustainable information service that supports 100.000 vegetable farmers to increase their production, income, food security and reduces the inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides. Weather, advisory and market information services will be provided to smallholder farmers.
GAP4A will deliver crop information advisory services to smallholder farmers, provided by the Agri-Coach app, as well as regional or national perspective on the production factors and the agricultural sector in general to public institutions, agribusinesses and NGO’s provided by the Agri-Business app.