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One farm, one family, one community at a time.

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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.

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 text messages to send timely, important information and reminders.

We 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.

These texts, voice messages, and specialized call-in radio shows 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 simple tips to improve their soil and crop yield, or reminders to help them stay on track.

This technology is delivered by more than 30,000 agricultural Community Agents, each of whom can reach anywhere from 150 to 1,000 farmers in a year.

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What does it mean to have a Farm Development Plan?
Four big benefits.

Digital Farming Households

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 programs.

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Smallholder Farmer Market Economy

Being part of the market economy

Being small shouldn’t mean you have no choice but to make your living in the informal 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.

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Plantain farmer packing crates for market

Money: When and how you need it

It’s hard for a smallholder farmer to get a loan. We help fill the information gaps so that lenders can reduce risk, and lower transaction costs, enabling farmers to connect with banks and secure much-needed loans, savings accounts, crop insurance, and digital payment programs.

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Coffee farmers in Columbia

New skills and certifications

Farmers who are certified as Fair Trade or Organic can earn a better living and reduce harm to the environment. We make it happen.

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