In this period of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s crucial for small-scale farmers living in remote areas to receive accurate information on time.
Some farmers in local areas access information from digital services via mobile phones. But this isn’t the case for many small-scale farmers.
It’s indeed a challenge for many small-scale farmers in Africa, especially in Kenya. Small-scale farmers in Africa at least own a non-smart mobile phone on which they receive communications like SMS.
However, digital support for these farmers is patchy in some areas and entirely not available in others.
Attention was brought to provide this need as movement in Kenya was restricted during spring. As a result, the Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF) introduced a mobile phone–based information service in order to respond to the crisis and keep farmers well informed.
According to Dr Mwendah M’Mailutha, CEO of KENAFF:
“With everything closed and everyone in lockdown, we needed to find a way to reach out to our members and the farmers in general.”
Prior to this development, KENAFF had already set things on motion to ensure everyone access information easily since March last year partnering with Andreas Hermes Akademie, an agricultural agency that forms part of the global AgriCord alliance.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.