In Ethiopia, Digital Green, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), is piloting the digital farmer registry which aims to empower the country’s agricultural extension capacity and impact by facilitating demand-driven extension and advisory services. Digital Green created a user-friendly application and web portal that allows government functionaries, mainly development agents (DAs), to—among other parameters—collect demographic and farm-level data from the farmers in their communities, participation in extension meetings, practice adoption, and even demand for agricultural inputs. The application also offers a wide range of features that allows DAs to generate and automate reports and is expected to significantly reduce the DAs’ effort spent on data collection and report writing, which accounts for up to 20% of their time (Berhane et. al, 2018).
Digital Green trained about 60 development agents who went on to use the application in four woredas in Amhara, Oromia, and SNNPR in May 2022. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conducted a process evaluation and published a project note on this first stage of the pilot, where they identified the following results:
Based on the results of the initial pilot phase described in IFPRI’s evaluation, the MoA approved the expansion of the digital farmer registry pilot to another two woredas and all kebeles within the previous and new woredas for a grand total of 132 kebeles in six woredas, with an additional 200 DAs trained in the application. Digital Green expects this second phase of the pilot to result in approximately 80,000 farmer profiles completely digitized and available on the registry, a significant step to leveraging technology to improve extension service provision, leading to better livelihoods for smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.
Berhane, G., Ragasa, C., Abate, G.T. and Assefa, T.W., 2018. The state of agricultural extension services in Ethiopia and their contribution to agricultural productivity. Intl Food Policy Res Inst
Sebsibie, Samuel; Ketema, Dessalegn Molla; and Abate, Gashaw Tadesse. 2023. Digital farmer registry and tailored extension and advisory services in Ethiopia: A process evaluation. IFPRI Project Note February 2023. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). https://doi.org/10.2499/p15738coll2.136603
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