Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The system provides information to farmers which is much needed to improve their livelihoods. With the launch of Ukulima digital, we have seen positive impact in the following areas; There has been increased daily registration to our system. Farmers are able to get prompt response to their queries on issues related to farming Farmers advertise their produce on the forums and interact with prospective buyers Service providers in agriculture industry get a chance to market their products and services. Many young people are now getting interested in farming related practices after getting positive influence through farmers interaction in the online group chats. Farmers are able to get weather forecast in their areas of farming from ukulima digital weather system. Farmers have given positive feedback about the innovation which serves to show the solution was needed. The growing number of new registrations also confirms the impact the innovation to those who have already joined.
Sustainability and future plans
Ukulima digital team hopes to introduce advertisement services which will be charged as source of income. We also plan to allow sponsored webinar by leading institutions in farming manufacturer products. We also plan to introduce sms based solution to cater for farmers without internet access and smartphones. The sms based service will also be charged for every sms sent we are currently working on a partnership with other stake holders who will be of great importance to see through a successful implementation of this idea, we hope that once the partnership is sealed, they will help us with resources and information needed for the implementation. We are also working on getting more partnership with farm inputs manufacturers
Your profile as an entrepreneur
The Ukulima digital team comprises of three members The team deals with innovative ideas that provides solutions to global problems focusing on Agriculture. Through this innovation, we target to transform the livelihoods of small scale farmers who have in the past had little income from their farming activities. Alex Mugo Has been in the IT field for over 8 years dealing with development of systems in financial and other sectors. Age: 32 Peter mwangi An ICT Specialist who has practiced worked as an ICT admin for 2 years ,currently working as a Project administrator of a dryland institute.actively working with pastoralists and farmers in northern Kenya areas. Age 30 Johnson Karimi Has been in the IT field for over 8 years dealing with development of systems in financial and other sectors. Age 30