An IDRC-funded project, DrumNet, is helping small-scale farmers in Kenya to obtain timely market information via mobile phones. By selling directly to markets, the farmers are able to benefit from higher prices and thus improve their incomes and livelihoods.
“DrumNet offers an essential tool to farmers — information. They can find out which crops are in greatest demand, the rules and regulations of the lucrative European market, and the daily fair market price. And that is just the beginning.
Using GSM-enabled (Global System for Mobile Communications) cellphone technology, DrumNet’s integrated set of services also include credit linked to agricultural extension and marketing.”