Achieving Impact at Scale through ICT-Enabled Extension Services in Ghana (CIFSRF Phase 2)

In Africa, agricultural extension services have the potential to grow markets and enhance food security for smallholder farmers. Agricultural extension uses scientific research to educate farmers and improve agricultural practices.

Improving market opportunities for farmers

The Government of Ghana is looking for alternatives to conventional extension services to ensure better outreach to poor farmers and rural women. The expansion of mobile technology will connect farmers to extension resources and link them to profitable markets.

The research team will scale up an ICT-based agricultural extension service developed by Farm Radio International and Grameen Foundation. The project will reach 300,000 smallholder farmers in Ghana within two years. Researchers expect that 60,000 farmers using this service will adopt productivity-enhancing innovations to increase their yields by 49%, and access better markets to improve their income.

The research will establish the conditions for scaling up, profitability, and long-term sustainability of a private sector led ICT-enabled extension service. The project team will test the economic viability of this service using six value chains in three regions of Ghana. It will then design a business model to adapt the ICT solution from a participatory communication tool to a commercially viable product in the hands of private businesses.

The project will speed up adoption of improved agricultural technologies, resulting in significant improvements in food security and nutrition, increased productivity, greater supply quality, and reduced cost in reaching farmers.

Project funding

This project is funded under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), a program of IDRC undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada (formerly Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada).

Project ID

108129

Project status

Active

Start Date

Friday, August 14, 2015

Duration

28 months

IDRC Officer

crmadm CRM

Total funding

CA$ 1,500,000

Country(s)

Ghana

Project Leader

Esi Nana Sekyiamah

Institution

Grameen Foundation USA

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.grameenfoundation.org

Project Leader

Ian Pringle

Project Leader

Angela Peck

Institution

Farm Radio International/Radios Rurales Internationales

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.farmradio.org