Whether one is a practising farmer, city based farmer or an aspiring one, iKilimo wants to be their trusted information expert and guide.
iKilimo like the rest of the farmer tools available, is a mobile based reference tool that will put valuable and easy-to-understand farming information right in the palm of their hands according to Avallain, a social enterprise based in Nairobi and the firm behind iKilimo.
“With iKilimo, farmers can share ideas, expertise and knowledge. iKilimo contains everything there is to know about farm life, from animal production to plant production, including information on the market and how to make the most of farm products and by-products,” said Avallain.
Avallain was established in 2002 as a Social Enterprise. It has experts in E-Learning and E-publishing and use ICT in Education to achieve a positive impact on human development. Avallain also creates solutions that develop the Internet as a tool for inclusion rather than an accelerating agent of the digital divide and create software solutions tailored to individual needs.
Kenya’s M-Farm gives farmers up-to-date market information on where to buy or sell their produce plus the current prices to help them make decisions. Its marketplace and current agri-trends are also accessible via SMS.
Another facility dubebd iCow, prompts farmers on vital days of cows gestation period, helps them find the nearest Vet and AI provider, collects and stores farmer milk and breeding records, sends farmers best dairy practices and claims to be the world’s first mobile phone cow calendar.
African Laughter’s FarmBizAfrica gives update information to farmers in form of news articles and research studies to show yield increasing methods for all types of farmers in the city and upcountry. There are many apps and services too serving farmers on the market, the Kenyan Agricultural Exchange also recently launched a market information tool for crop farmers.
Avallain’s iKilimo therefore has to fill a gap ignored by this players to conquer the market and has to a game changer as farming is important to Kenya as a food basket and a source of employment of close to 80 percent of the population.
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