Information services providing smallholder farmers with timelyand reliable advice for productivity and income improvement at minimal cost.
The primary objective of Intelligent Decision Support System (IDSS) for Farmers is to significantly enhance the capacity of (smallholder) farmers, retailers and extension agents providing localized advice. The advisory services are customized, combining advanced geo-data and improved agronomic practices into actionable crop-specific advice for farmers. IDSS service will eventually empower the farmers in solving all critical problems they face due to lack of information.
IDSS services are available through different delivery channels including SMS, automated outbound calls, and an androidbased platform - Fosholi. Farmers can get advisory services on crop suitability, agronomic practices, pest and disease alerts, weather forecasts, market information, and customized notifications through the Fosholi platform. Thus, they are enabled to make informed decisions through the entire crop production cycle.
Fosholi aspires to be a one-stop solution containing all relevant agricultural information about all the major crop of Bangladesh. Its services are broadly classified into the following areas:
IDSS is being implemented in twelve districts of Bangladesh, directly reaching 96,768 farmers. These farmers regularly receive customized advisory services and updates on pre-cultivation, cultivation and post cultivation activities. They have also been educated on sustainable crop production practices and efficient use of high-quality agricultural inputs (seed, fertilizer and pesticide).
IDSS is also training agricultural input dealer-retailers and government agricultural extension service providers to touch the rest of the farmers in target regions through them. By improving availability of precise and timely advices among farmers, IDSS aspires to increase agricultural yield (up to 15%) and income (up to 20%) of its target farmers.
|Category||Crop advisory service|
|Region||South Asia,Southeast Asia|
|Period||2015 - 2019|
|Targeted end users||rice, potato, and vegetable smallholder farmers in twelve districts in Bangladesh|