Sauti ya wakulima: listening to the voices of the farmers in Tanzania
This socio- agriculture project introduces e-agriculture to farmers in rural areas of Tanzania, near Bagamoyo and Masasi in order utilise information communication technologies to improve local agricultural dialogue.
Smartphones were distributed to a group of farmers and instructed how to record and upload photos or voice clips to a web platform where the information could be amalgamated and deciphered. The simplified technology accompanied by creative freedom motivated the farmers to communicate successes, problems and stories at their discretion.
In the face of changing climate, with weather patterns fluctuating and an unpredictable level of precipitation in the region the project aimed to help farmers combat unprecedented conditions through teamwork and collective innovation. Particular staple crops such as cassava, rice and maize yields are essential to livelihood and the continued open dialogue, and sharing of agricultural knowledge is benefiting farmers and is being transferred throughout the community.