Data-Driven Advisory Services for Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture
Categories : Agriculture, Customer and Users of Digital Payments
In order to achieve sustainable development in the face of the intensifying impacts of climate change, agricultural production systems need to simultaneously achieve three goals:
- Increase agricultural productivity and incomes;
- Adapt to the impacts of climate change; and
- Contribute to climate change mitigation, where possible.
Climate smart agriculture (CSA) was developed as a framework to address these challenges and encompasses a range of approaches that can be used to achieve these three goals, such as nature-based solutions, conservation agriculture and integrated soil management, among many others.
Data-driven agriculture services (DDAS) draw on a variety of data sources, including satellite imagery, weather information and farm profiles to support the decision-making of smallholder farmers. This GSMA report investigates the potential for DDAS to scale-up CSA practices among smallholder farmers. It focuses on the markets of India, Kenya and Nigeria, which are pioneers in agritech innovation, hosting the most, and the most scaled-up, providers of digital agriculture solutions for smallholder farmers.