Since day one, our deeply committed, curious and collaborative team has been challenged and inspired. We’ve tried and failed and tried again, and have ultimately become leaders in using technology for global development.
We begin as a project of Microsoft Research to test if there is a role for technology in small-scale agricultural systems. We partnered with our first NGO partner, Green Foundation,which became the basis for our name Digital Green.
We become an independent
non-profit, the first non-profit spin-off for Microsoft Research.
Our peer-reviewed paper shows that we can improve the speed and effectiveness of extension systems by 10 times per dollar spent.
The first official Digital Green team comes together at a bootcamp in India.
We get our first grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
We setup our office in Delhi and additional offices in several state capitals across India.
CoCo and analytics dashboards are born to track farmer feedback and usage data across time and space.
We reach our first 60,000 farmers across India in partnership with NGOs. From this work we link with the Government of India's National Rural Livelihoods Mission.
We expand our work to address health and nutrition issues.
Our growth and success in India enables us to expand to new geographies of Ethiopia and Ghana.
We launch our Training Courseware platform for training frontline workers.
We integrate radio, mobile, and video channels of communication in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture.
A reality TV show about Digital Green, Green Champion, is co-produced with NDTV in India.
We source innovative ideas from across our team during our first "Think Week." This leads us to identify the need to more efficiently enable farmers to access markets. Our shared transport-to-market service, Loop, is born.
We reach our first millionth farmer and begin work on developing the local extension capacity across 12 countries in Asia and Africa.
We establish an office in San Francisco to return our technology roots.
We develop a new five year strategy to make a deeper impact in the lives of smallholder farmers and begin work with smallholder farming communities in the US.
Our 150-person team engages more than 1.5 million farmers across 11,000 villages.
What we do is only possible because of the people we work with – funders and partners in both the public and private sector, internationally and on the ground in rural communities around the world.Learn More
We’re all about data and reporting. Review our financials here.
We have lots of data to share, and many stories to tell. See the highlights, year by year, in our annual reports.
People are talking about Digital Green. See past media coverage and access our press kit here.