Translating geo-data into SMS for farmers in South-East Asia

As climate change is increasingly leading to failed harvests, farmers in Vietnam and Indonesia are in serious need of information on weather forecasts, daily coffee prices and farming techniques. A new consortium, funded by the Dutch government, is going to provide this information to farmers in Vietnam and Indonesia by using geo-satellite data. TTC Mobile is proud to be part of the consortium and will translate the data into text messages. 

Translating geo-satellite information
The Netherlands Space Office, the Dutch agency for space affairs, has access to high-quality satellite geo-data that can be used to help the farmers in Indonesia and Vietnam. This data will be shared with the farmers through the use of SMS. TTC Mobile will be responsible for these text messages that will be sent with the right content, at the right time.

The consortium, that additionally includes ICCO South East Asia, Akvo, eLEAF, Nelen and Schuurmans, WaterWatch Projects and local partners) will be starting the setting-up of two different projects: GREENcoffee in Vietnam and SMARTseeds in Indonesia.

GREENcoffee in Vietnam
Climate change in Vietnam has been linked with production losses, household water shortages, pests and diseases. The GREENcoffee project will target the coffee smallholders in Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Lam Dong provinces where 80% of the coffee growers of Vietnam live. The SMS service will provide them the information they need to increase their production, income, food security and to reduce the inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides.

SMARTseeds
The SMARTseeds project will focus on chili, tomato and cucumber smallholders in three provinces in Indonesia. Vegetable farming in these regions has been highly affected by changes in climate, weather patterns and availability of water. Information on weather forecasts and water availability will help farmers adopt a more accurate crop calendar.

Aiming for financial sustainability
The two initiatives of the consortium have received funding for the first three years and the preparations started last week with kick-off meetings in Indonesia and Vietnam. TTC Mobile’s Jouke Jongsma was present in order to discuss the first fundamentals of the programs. One of the main targets of the consortium is financial sustainability. In the upcoming three years both projects will assess different business propositions to explore the options for becoming financially sustainable.

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