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Linking farmers to agro input supply chains from global to local levels. Using ICT to deploy agro input market information systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Patrice Annequin | MIS specialist | IFDC | Accra, Ghana | pannequin@ifdc.org | pcme_annequin. IFDC in a snapshot. Regional offices.

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linking farmers to agro input supply chains from global to local levels

Linking farmers to agro input supply chains from global to local levels

Using ICT to deploy agro input market information systems in sub-Saharan Africa

Patrice Annequin | MIS specialist | IFDC | Accra, Ghana | pannequin@ifdc.org | pcme_annequin

ifdc in a snapshot
IFDC in a snapshot

Regional offices

Offices

Activities

International Fertilizer Development Center

Public International Organization created in 1974 (1st green revolution vs 1st oil peak) – HQ in Alabama, USA

500+ staff in Africa in 22 countries

Technology transfer (fertilizer production, management & use)

Integrated Soil Fertility Management

Agro input distribution / agro dealers

Value chain development

Market Information Systems … ICT !

challenges and opportunities
Challenges and Opportunities

kg/ha of nutrients

2007-2008 Fertilizer Consumption

Target: from 8 to 50 kg/ha/yr by 2015

Very low level of use of agro inputs by small scale farmers, resulting in low productivity

Weak farm input supply chains

No agro input MIS in SSA

Since 2000 …

NEPAD, AGRA, PPPs …

Innovative ICT solutions

Mobile phones for most agro dealers and pre-commercial farmers

african farmers pay the highest price
African farmers pay the highest price

2006 figures for 1 ton of urea

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Fertilizersare too expensive for too many !

Monthly international prices (ICIS, April 2011)

ifdc strategy
IFDC strategy

POLICIES

& ECONOMICS

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

CAPACITY BUILDING

AGRO INPUT MIS

Improve ACCESSILIBITY, AVAILABILITY and PROFITABILITY of agro inputs for farmers

  • Better technologies / usage
  • Cheaper prices for inputs
  • Better markets / output prices

Part of the solution :

Create and improve market linkages between FARMERS and AGRO INPUT DEALERS and their SUPPLIERS

previous attempts in the mis space
Previous attempts in the MIS space
  • 80’s & 90’s: AFTMEN – experts network [dead]
    • Prepare liberalization of gov’t control fertilizer markets
    • Printed / mailed quarterly newsletters
  • 2000-2004: www.afamin.net [dead]
    • Agro input prices in 4 West Africa countries
    • ICT: excel / Html / dreamweaver | all in house
  • 2005-2007: www.wa-agritrade.net [dead]
    • Output / input prices & offers in 10 West Africa countries
    • ICT: web + (early) mobile | Busylab (TradeNet / Esoko)
  • Key lessons learnt:
    • Always separate programs from technology !
    • ICT is only 10% of costs and efforts of deploying MIS
current ifdc mis strategy
Current IFDC MIS strategy

BUILD

PPP

THINK BIG & SMALL

DON’T REINVENT

OUTSOURCE TECHNOLOGY

  • Engage public and private partners to fill the gaps and deploy multi layer and inter-related MISs
    • Continental > regional > national
    • Public & opened | Private & closed
  • Tap into existing information to build “web portals” and data centers
  • Use a range of ICT tools to push and pull information from / to “clients / suppliers”
2 interlinked initiatives in africa
2 interlinked initiatives in Africa

Fertilizers

  • Agro input MIS for East Africa
  • Regional and national organizations
  • Agro dealers & buyers (FBOs)

All agro inputs

  • Mobile apps for end users
  • Local organizations and associations
  • Individual farmers & input retailers

Inputs & outputs

Web-based portal for Africa

International and regional organizations

Fertilizer producers & importers

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All African countries

  • All free content
  • Managed by IFDC
  • Developed in Ghana by
  • Ver. 1 launched in March 2010
  • Secured servers in Feb 2011 (NL)
  • Built for collaborative management (CMS)
africafertilizer org
AfricaFertilizer.org

PARTNERS

CONTENTS

ICT TOOLS

Statistics

Directories

Policies

Market news

Publications

CMS

MS reporting services

www amitsa org
www.amitsa.org

PARTNERS

CONTENTS

ICT TOOLS

Prices

Catalogues

Directories

Statistics

Market news

Publications

Blogs

CMS

MS reporting services

Mailchimp

[newsletters]

East Africa Grains Council

East Africa Farmers Association

mobile apps

???

sharing roles responsibilities
Sharing roles & responsibilities
  • Methodologies
  • Build partnerships and pay for set up costs
  • Collect prices and market information
  • Map agro dealers
  • MIS Trainings & TA
  • Pull, push and manage info by SMS (& the web)
    • Prices, offers
    • Polls, stocks, profiling
    • Networks, groups
    • Billing
  • Low cost MIS solutions for SMEs, groups and associations (licenses)

PROGRAMS

TECHNOLOGY

collecting prices from amitsa agro dealers
Collecting prices from AMITSA agro dealers

9 countries

150 towns

250 agro-dealers

Nokia phones

Mobi Java app

50 agro-inputs

Fertilizers

Seeds

Pesticides

Retail prices

Sales trends

sending prices by sms to agro dealers
Sending prices by SMS to agro dealers

5,750 agro dealers mapped & profiled (name, mobile number, location)

[total est. 20,000 ]

120,000 SMS sent each month with local, national and regional prices

Using esokoSMS push and Networks apps

online price search analysis
Online price search & analysis

www.esoko.com/amitsa

the starting point for much more
The starting point for much more

Making available …

  • Contents
  • Contacts

+ ICT tools

+ Technical support

+ Business models

Enable users to :

  • Communicate
  • Share the right info
  • Plan and forecast
  • Do more business

Faster

Cheaper

Broader

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www.amitsa.org

info@amitsa.org

www.facebook.com/amitsa.org

Twitter: @AMITSAnews

www.esoko.com/amitsa

www.africafertilizer.org

info@africafertilizer.org

www.facebook.com/africafertilizer.org

Twitter: @AfricFertilizer

Follow us !

Use us !