Kenyan farmer Mary relies on her own instincts to decide which crops to plant or when to harvest. Like more than 70 percent of rural Africans who live in poverty, Mary depends on agriculture for her family’s food and livelihood. Farmers can see their farms and livelihood wiped out by weather patterns, crop diseases, or inadequate access to irrigation, roads, or markets. A farm’s location greatly affects its chance for success and productivity; however, local farmers do not have access to location-specific (geospatial) information about their farm’s area. And even though these farmers are the best sources of data about local conditions, they have no easy way to contribute to the information-gathering efforts. Providing farmers with geospatial information is one effective way to maximize their crop yields and market access, thereby improving livelihoods and reducing poverty rates.

Look at  www.agcommons.org  to see how a newly launched program plans to make sure farmers, like Mary,  are empowered to make timely decisions…

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