Precision Farming and the Internet of Things.

Precision Farming and the Internet of Things. Last week I spoke about how YouFarm mitigates against some of the risks associated with farming. In Zimbabwe some of the risks include: side marketing by farmers, lack of insurance, market access and lack of access to technology. One of the YouFarm core goals and objectives is to create smarter farms and farmers by introducing technology to Zimbabwe’s commercial and small-scale rural...

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Risk mitigation: Insights into Zimbabwean agriculture

Last week I spoke about participatory agriculture and how the time has come for people to have a say in how their food is grown. I also spoke about becoming a part of the agricultural value chain as investing in agriculture is the smart thing to do. One only has to look at a few key statistics to know that it is a profitable choice in the short, medium and long term. Did you know that: Since 2009, investors in the USA, Europe, Middle...

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Participatory Agriculture: Time for the consumer to have a say

Last week I spoke about how cellphone farming was the solution to unlocking ways of financing farmers who have access to land. Some of the main reasons why farmers can not get access to finance for farming operations are: high cost of finance; predatory lending practices by banks and microfinance institutions; lack of immovable property (collateral) to borrow against; and lack of farming experience. Solving these challenges requires...

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Making Cellphone Farming Sexy

So last week I spoke about how the idea of YouFarm was conceived. I had to deal with a reality that many farmers in Zimbabwe face, and that is lack of access to capital. According to a study on demand for financing by Mapfiza (2010), 45% of small holder farmers, 65% of small scale A2 farmers and 70-80% of medium to large scale farmers, expressed an interest in seeking finance if it was available. Zimbabweans have always been...

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