One farm, one family, one community at a time.
Drones. Satellite intelligence. Soil science. Pest infestation prevention. Market pricing. Diversification loans. Agronomic best practices. Early warning weather alerts.
Technology changes everything.
It’s a maxim especially true in the developing world. Access to some of the same information and resources enjoyed by large farms can level the playing field for struggling rural farmers.
Basic phone ownership, more common than household plumbing, means distance and rough terrain no longer dictate what poor farmers can know or do. And now they can do a lot, thanks to the instructions delivered to their phones and local agent support they receive as a result of our digital farm development plan initiatives around the world.
The Grameen Foundation Model to fight poverty: technology with a human face.
Good for women. Good for the family farm. Good for everyone.
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Make self-help a way of life. One text at a time.
Around the world, our work assumes the names of our many network partners. Whether you meet them as FarmGrow, FarmerLink, TaroWorks or another name, each uses simple SMS texts to send timely, important information and reminders.
It’s not just about data. It’s about what we do with it. What Grameen Foundation’s Model does is put hyper-localized, data-driven information in the hands of local agronomists and farmers to help them make and keep to 7-year plans to improve their crop yields. Each of these Community Agents helps anywhere from 150 – 1,000 farmers.
Farmers listen to call-in radio shows and receive voice and text messages to help them reach their farm development plan goals. Some let them know about upcoming severe weather, or what to do to prevent pest infestation. Others link them to digital farm development loans tailored to their growing and lean seasons to make repayment easier. Many are simply tips to improve their soil and crop yield, or reminders to help them stay on track.
So far, we have 30,000 agents on the ground. Every donation Grameen Foundation receives makes it possible for more agents to be trained and more clients reached.Fund More Community Agents
What does it mean to have a farm development plan?
Four big benefits.
Readiness for a rainy day
Things happen. If you are a small, rural farmer living in poverty, they happen a lot. Another devastating storm. Someone gets sick. The market drops and your crops are now worth half of what they were. Planning for hard-to-predict events is the best protection from them, and it is built into our farm development planning. We also help farming households plan for the long-term: what crops to grow, how to manage aging crops, ways to improve crop yield, protect against pests and build financial security.Read More
Being part of the market economy
Being small shouldn’t mean you have no choice but to make your living in the informal, local economy. Participation as reliable, preferred providers to formal markets is part of our approach. So is making it easy for service providers to meet the needs of poor farmers with appropriate and affordable products.Read More
Money: When and how you need it
It’s hard for a smallholder farmer to get a loan. Lenders don’t understand the unique needs and creditworthiness of farmers during lean seasons. For them, there is an especially high cost to serve rural clients and a near-total absence of information on farmers’ financial history, farm practices, and operations. We help fill the information gaps to reduce risk, and lower transaction costs, so that farmers can connect with banks and secure much-needed loans, savings accounts, crop insurance, and digital payment programs.Read More
New skills and certifications
In today’s coffee obsessed, chocolate craving, coconut thirsty world, farmers who can get certified as Fair Trade or Organic can earn a better living. We make it happen.Read More
Real reasons for real optimism.
Cocoa farmer in Ghana
Good agricultural practices help grow more than healthy crops. They’ve helped Comfort grow confidence and start new businesses.
Grameen Community Agent in India
Bringing the far-away bank to her fellow villagers’ doorsteps.
Up-and-coming cocoa farmer in Ghana
His Farm Development Plan has propelled Nana Yaw Bewdiako from novice to lead farmer in his farmers group.
Philippines coconut farmer
Agricultural services for women living in poverty can be life changing.
Spinach farmer and mason in Kenya
Thanks to digital farming, James has a fighting chance at living the life of his dreams.
Ghana cocoa farmer
Thanks to Grameen Digital Farming, Martha finally has market access and a chance to succeed.
Maize farmer in Ghana
Female entrepreneurship is alive and well in Ghana, thanks to Grameen’s Digital Farming initiatives.
Philippines Community Agent
Our goal is to help farmers be successful, whatever path they choose.
Promising cocoa farmer
Joyce has learned how to prune and fertilize her cocoa trees back to health.
Philippines Community Agent
Being a Community Agent not only helps her community, it helps Jenny be a better entrepreneur.
Ghana Community Agent
Using Grameen’s digital app suite, Rachael helps 200 smallholder farm families with advice, loans and crop sales.