Recording of the e-Agriculture webinar on the FarmerLink in the Philippines: Digital Innovation for Agriculture
On the 25th of April 2018 the e-Agriculture team organized a webinar in partnership with Grameen Foundation on the FarmerLink in the Philippines: Digital Innovation for Agriculture.
The webinar presented the strategy used to develop and deploy FarmerLink, and review results of an 18-month pilot implementation.You can watch the presentation here
Grameen Foundation, in collaboration with the Philippine Coconut Authority, Franklin Baker, and People’s Bank of Caraga launched FarmerLink to increase farming households’ incomes and resilience by improving their productivity, providing them access to appropriate financial products and services, linking them directly to markets, and reducing their losses to pests, diseases and weather calamities.
The program used a suite of digital interventions directed and leveraged existing field officer networks in deploying the mobile tools and offering one-to-one extension services to farmers. An early warning system was developed and deployed to directly send weather, pest, and diseases advisories to farmers’ mobile phones, along with practical advice to minimize losses
Ana Herrera is a Senior Program Manager with Grameen Foundation’s Digital Innovations for Agriculture Program. Sheis an international development professional with 14 years of experience in program development and execution, consortium building, and fundraising with expertise in implementing digital solutions for agriculture and rural development. Ana spearheads strategy and has overseen the operations of FarmerLink, funded by the Global Resilience Partnership and the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. She also conceptualized and designed Grameen Foundation’s agricultural programs in Indonesia.
Judith Agnoletto leads the Content and Services of Grameen Foundation's FarmerLink program in the Philippines. She manages the production and use of various educational materials for farmers in various forms, such as SMS, calendar, references in the mobile application, and videos. She has a degree in Agriculture from the University of the Philippines and has worked with several NGOs in the past