Did you know smart farming can be pocket-sized?


Smart farming is often associated with high-tech greenhouses and tractors, or drones hovering over large fields, however in many parts of the world, smartphones are the real game-changers.

In Rwanda and Senegal, the FAO has partnered with local farmers to develop four new mobile apps that are making a difference in the lives and livelihoods of farmers.

Smart phones are helping previously isolated smallholders to grow better crops and get better prices [1]. For example, in India, apps help farmers monitor commodity prices of over 450 crop varieties, in 1300 mandis (local markets), and access forecasts from 3500 weather locations across an area covering 50,000 villages and 17 states [2]. In Rwanda and Senegal, apps provide real-time information on animal disease control and animal feeding strategies, including vaccination calendars and contact details of local veterinarians [3].

The world’s population is expected to grow to almost 10 billion by 2050, especially in low-and middle-income countries. Smart phones and other digital technologies are already helping farmers around the world to grow more and better-quality crops, optimize use of natural resources and minimize environmental impact.

1 FAO (2017) The future of food and agriculture Trends and challenges - link
2 Indian Farmers Portal - link
3 FAO (2018) Unleashing the potential of Africa's youth through digital innovations - link