This Missing Middle Initiative (MMI) pilot project supports the Eastern African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF) to use a mobile platform to deliver economic services to farmers. e-Granary is an innovative communication and payment mobile platform to create a virtual space for brokering commercial partnerships and contracts between farmers, off-takers, and input dealers and for providing financial services with low transaction costs. The project also aims to increase access to and use of critical economic services, such as marketing, financial, and extension and advisory services, by 90,000 smallholder farmers in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
- Access to Finance
The e-Granary platform has been operational since July 2019 in Uganda and August 2019 in Rwanda. A website (https://www.e-granary.com/) provides information and services for farmers who have registered on the platform. The project has reached 38,851 people as of December 2020, or 77.7 percent of the revised project target of 50,000. Of those reached, 42 percent are women. More than 33,900 farmers have registered on the e-Granary platform, with 43 percent female and 42 percent youth in Rwanda; while 4,933 with 34 percent female and 35 percent youth. Combined, the total number of registered farmers is 38,851, which is 78 percent of the revised target of 50,000. In Uganda, 2,629 smallholder farmers were able to access improved and certified agro-inputs through pre-financing arrangements worth US$281,486. Additionally, a total of 1,487 metric tons of maize, beans, and soya beans worth US$425,913, which is about 10 percent of the revised final cumulative target, were collectively traded by participating farmers. As a part of the access to extension services component, in Uganda, a total of 4,012 farmers received e-extension via mobile phones, which is 18 percent of the final target. The contents of e-extension vary from land preparation, crop planting to harvesting. In addition to e-extension, the project provides physical training in good agricultural practices (GAPs), financial literacy, insurance, and business management skills. Overall, 6,080 farmers have received training with 33% female and 43% youth. Crop protocols for maize, beans and soya beans were developed and distributed for farmer training.