Meet Melisa, Grameen Community Agent in the Philippines
Advancing the digital revolution is not a desk job.
Melisa, a Grameen Community Agent in Bago Oshiro, Philippines, connects her clients to the Digital Farming tools they need to work their way out of poverty. Getting to them, however, is another story. A story of devotion.
“In my case, I don’t have a motorcycle, so I need to commute to go to an area. Then after I arrive, there are farmers who are difficult to deal with, so I explain to them what the project is about, so they’ll participate and cooperate,” said Melisa. “And then there are times when the weather is bad. Sometimes it rains so hard I get wet, then after that I get sick.”
But the results, said Melisa, make it all worthwhile. And, though she already works with approximately 200 smallholder farm clients, Melisa is driven to register more Filipino coconut fartmers with the Grameen Digital Farming platform that links farmers to geo-targeted individual farm plans and financial advice and turns their basic mobile phones into an early warning system that saves crops and livelihoods. The platform has an application that speeds up the registration process.
Melisa, Community Agent explains
For every new client, Melisa visits their farm and interviews the farmer about his or her farm and family, collecting baseline data on environmental conditions and key vulnerabilities. That data, combined with satellite data, helps Melisa and her farm families develop an individualized Farm Development Plan to increase their yields and to protect their crops from climate-sensitive diseases and pests. As threats are detected, the farmers are texted warnings and advice on their cell phones.
Though she initially found her job as a Community Agent challenging, Melisa understood the need. Sixty percent of smallholder coconut farmers in the Philippines live in poverty. Their farm holdings and agricultural practices have been passed down through generations and convincing them to try new techniques to their increase productivity requires time, trust and patience. Learn more about our Digital Farming initiative in the Philippines. Watch video
Your donation will be processed through our third-party secure payment provider at: https://donate.grameenfoundation.org/donate-today
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.
Grameen Community Agent in Ghana
Micro-targeted digital farm planning for the poor levels the playing field for smallholder farmers.
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.