Empowering Smallholder Farmers with Digital Technology | MALAWI

IBM and nonprofit Heifer International collaborated to develop OpenHarvest, a digital tool aimed at empowering smallholder farmers in Malawi. The mobile app utilizes AI and climate modelling to provide personalised recommendations based on visual field data, weather forecasts, and crop growth stages, addressing the challenges posed by climate change and outdated farming practices.

Through SMS messages and expert support from IBM consultants, the app has improved farmers’ access to information, resulting in increased yields and improved resilience in the face of climate risks, limited credit, and market access. The success of OpenHarvest underscores the potential of technology partnerships to enhance agricultural resilience and food security in developing regions like Malawi.

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