When crop growth is non-optimal, farmers will receive alert messages based on near real-time satellite imagery
CROPMON is a four year project, funded by the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) facility. CROPMON aims to develop and make available an affordable information service, that provides farmers - including smallholders - with information that helps them to make improved farm management decisions during the growing season. Farmers receive text messages based on near real-time satellite imagery informing them of the growth and health status of their crops. This information is then used to make comprehensible, farm and crop specific recommendations for farmer practices, which are returned to the farmers via SMS and/or a mobile app. To reach the project goals and to establish a successful information service, the activities covered in the project range from:
The project focuses on farmers and their crops: coffee, maize, wheat, grass and sugarcane in the southwestern part of Kenya; counties Bomet, Busia, Bungoma, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Embu, Kakamega, Kericho, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Kisii, Kisumu, Machakos, Meru, Migori, Muranga, Nandi, Nakuru, Narok, Nyeri, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin Gishu. The aim of the project is to have 150,000 farmers subscribed to the CROPMON information service by the end of the project. Once successfully established for these target crops and areas, the information service will be implemented for other crop types, as well as in other counties and countries in the years following the project period.
CROPMON provides information services to the farmers on:
Depending on crop type, aggregator and county, the service is being included in existing services and paid for indirectly. Opportunities are explored to sell data to aggregators such as (local) governments, banks, insurance companies, fertilizer industry and agro-dealers.
|Category||Crop advisory service|
|Period||2015 - 2019|
|Targeted end users||farmers in the southwestern part of Kenya producing the crops coffee, maize, grass and sorghum|