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Digital Food Systems

Evidence Clearing House

The Digital Food Systems Evidence Clearinghouse  aims to showcase all kinds of digital tools – not just big data – that will help practitioners easily identify mature technologies and entry-points for them in agri-food systems, and to monitor how emergent technologies are evolving on the innovation frontier. The Platform will highlight both Interventions and Evidence on the food system.

The Clearinghouse builds on an effort first developed under the USAID initiative “Digital Development for Feed the Future.”

Digital interventions in food systems appear every day in the press, and the sector is rapidly digitizing. However, the base of rigorous evidence of impact is still relatively thin. We seek to remedy this; by consolidating evidence and monitoring trends in digital interventions, we aim to build more quantifiable intelligence that can be used by development agencies, potential investors, and the innovators themselves. Evidence is the critical piece needed to help these innovations find a path to scale.

Featured interventions

DigitalGlobe

To protect valuable farmland, the Yunnan Local Government in China relies on DigitalGlobe imagery to enforce land use regulations by detecting changes to the landscape. By comparing current and past records, the Local Government was able to identify changes to the landscape, with more than 300 illegal structures. During the following year, due to program awareness, the building of illegal structures in the area declined between 30 and 40 percent.
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DigitalGlobe

TruTrade Africa

TruTrade Africa offers IBM cloud-based mobile and online applications to allow price setting, tracking produce from collection to delivery, and tracking payments from buyer to farmer. Its application links smallholders to buyers with controls that enforce quality and transparency and thereby embed trust, enhance market efficiency, manage risks, and allows farmers to share in value-addition processes.
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TruTrade Africa

Go4Fresh

Go4Fresh is a digital platform that enables smallholder farmers in India to directly sell their fresh produce to buyers. The company transports the produce from farm gate to end customers, thereby streamlining the supply chain. Go4Fresh has enabled over 5,000 farmers in Maharashtra, India with improved access to buyers. The company’s direct-from-farm model has helped small-scale and marginal farmers in reducing post-harvest losses, increasing their knowledge about market prices and industry standards, and provided them with the opportunity to realize value from their entire harvest.
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Go4Fresh

Farmforce

Farmforce is a software program created to help smallholders gain access to formal markets and improve the effectiveness of outgrower schemes. Formal markets can increase the number of potential buyers for smallholder produce but these markets require traceability and compliance to food safety standards. Farmforce is using mobile technology to make traceability and compliance an integral part of smallholder production and to redefine the relationship between growers, manufacturers and markets.
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Farmforce

PRIDE™ (Progressive Rural Integrated Digital Enterprise)

The PRIDE™ (Progressive Rural Integrated Digital Enterprise) is a platform powered by the TCS mKRISHI® and designed to enhance the climatic and market resiliency of its farmer members while increasing their financial resiliency. For example, during the crop planning phase, the past, present and future information on the climate and market front are used to advise farmers on the best crops for the particular piece of land, among other services.
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PRIDE™ (Progressive Rural Integrated Digital Enterprise)

Farmerline

FarmerLine is a seasonal subscription service that offers small farmers access to weather forecasts, market information, and financial tips via SMS and voice messages sent to their mobile phones. In March 2013, over 2000 farmers had received improved information which enhanced their knowledge leading to increased productivity, income and improved their standards of living.
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Farmerline

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