SmartSHAMBA Agricultural Data Warehouse

SmartSHAMBA Agricultural Data Warehouse: Efficient value chain participation

Kilolo, TanzaniaKilolo, Tanzania
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Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

SmartSHAMBA tracks, collects and stores agricultural data which can be accessed through mobile phones. Competitively SmartSHAMBA ‘s architectural hybrid enables integration of mobile and web technology using the mobile device location to improve the information localization sent to farmers.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if ICT was incorporated to promote sustainable agricultural development and improve agricultural productivity?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The 2009 World Bank reports that 70% of Tanzania's agricultural economy is still supported by subsistence small holding farming utilizing the outdated farming technologies. While 80% of Tanzanians livelihoods depend on Agriculture its development has been always falling behind mainly causative being; 1.Dependency on traditional farming practices 2.Lack of access to timely vital information 3. Lack of access to markets and linkages

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

SmartSHAMBA is a web portal that tracks and collects data through Geographical Agricultural Information systems, Social media and SMS and stores it in the Agricultural data warehouse later the information will be streamlined to farmers through SMS queries via Mobile service providers to real-time solutions from the web based data warehouse. Our competitive edge is that SmartSHAMBA through hybrid architecture integrates mobile and web technology using mobile device location to improve the information localization sent to farmers. This integration aims at providing the localized information which is very crucial at one location but may be irrelevant to other locations. A database will assist to couple information with the mapped location.


Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

SmartSHAMBA will serve different tasks centered on agribusiness Senziku a registered member will receive 3 SMSs daily on weather and pesticide prediction, farm inputs and other implements and products price at 5 key market points based on her locality. Kitosi a lorry owner can query the shipment availability and place a bid. A local community bank can assess individual farmers profile and using GAIS maps available ascertain the value of land and the Ministry of Agriculture can post crop advisory messages as well as be able to conduct follow ups on various tasks.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

SmartSHAMBA integrates Geographical Agricultural Information Systems (GAIS) which is used for creating and using maps; analyzing mapped information; compiling geographic data discovering and distributing geographic data; managing geographic information in a database and using maps and geographic data in variety of applications, such as helping farmers getting greater profits in harvest; identifying priority areas for Crops and improving pest inspection and suppression. The SmartSHAMBA solution will help smallholder farmers to combat changes and integrate agriculture planning and strategy. With the help of SmartSHAMBA smallholder farmers can ensure the right farming inputs administered at the right time thus optimizing their crop yields and time utilization all this will entirely increase efficiency and completely impact the way farmers think about farming.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

SmartSHAMBA future plan is to serve the whole agribusiness value chain by 2021. 2016 role out targets 300 Farmers and traders subscribers , in 2017; 600 subscribers, in 2018 ; 1200 subscribers, in 2019; 1800 subscribers, in 2020; 2400 subscribers and in 2024; 3000 subscribers. SmartSHAMBA will link with trade and business authoritative bodies as well as potential buyers. By tracking farming inputs, SmartSHAMBA will address lack of access to financial institutions.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The project's revenue generators are SmartSHAMBA Info with 150 subscribers each paying $4 per month, SmartSHAMBA Poultry and Dairy 80 subscribers each paying $10 per month, SmartSHAMBA Agro-tarders with 50 subscribers each paying $10 per month, 2O SmartSHAMBA Premium subscribers each paying $25 per month and $550 monthly paid up commission from Banks, Insurance companies and service providers as advertising charges.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

SmartSHAMBA competitors are BR Solutions, Agri-Info which are limited to marketing and linkages for farms produce and property valuation none addresses other major factors affecting crop growth or preliminary farming activities. SmartSHAMBA solution is the first of its kind (a multi-purpose ) in Tanzania that incorporates the farming cycle activities; from soil preparation to the products point of sale exposing smallholder farmers to services like insurance and contract farming which couldn't have been previously accessed.

Founding Story

An avid smallholder farmer myself , I have been a victim of unreliable market information on my farms produce as it happened while harvesting Sweat peas in Pommern, Kilolo on 24th of December, 2014 where a word of mouth was passed that prices in Dar es salaam markets were favorable which was not true and I incurred a loss of $ 909 after wrongly deciding to ship my harvest to Dar es Salaam which turned out to be flooded with sweat peas from other parts of the country. It dawned to me that the smallholder farming community is lacking this vital tool; SmartSHAMBA features were incorporated later to equip the solution with an in-depth coverage when it comes to farming related data.


Lufingo Sadiki being the project leader will oversee refining, piloting , having served previously as IT technician he will dispense his a knowledge as and coordinate implementation while being helped by Chesco Xzavery a Graduate of Sokoine University of Agriculture on all farming matters, Atupelye Komba will handle the Geographical Agricultural Information Systems herself being a GIS expert and a graduate of Ardhi University. The programming part will be handled by Mr James Lwali an IT Engineer with more than 12 years of experience in the field. SmartSHAMBA project will also higher on 1 contract Agricultural extension officer, 1Veterinary officer and 2 Data entry personnel , 1 GIS technician , 1 weather technician and an IT consultant.
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Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Managing a sustainable family agribusiness through 40acreage farming estate for 10 years to date where we started with only 2 acres and now the estate is owning 2 full tractor sets and plans are underway to transform from open farming to greenhouses.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

SmartSHAMBA team also consults with Dr. Gerald Elifuraha Mtalo a senior GIS expert and remote sensing and Ms. Tulallola Mbande a conservationist working with The Ngorongoro Conservation Authority and will continue to use their valuable expertise.

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