In a bid to boost farm production in the Philippines, the Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) has partnered with Bangladesh-based tech company Grameen Intel Social Business Ltd (GISB).
Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development of e-Agriculture solutions.
The aim is to provide a set of mobile and computer-based agriculture applications that will help small farmers improve their livelihood by addressing farming needs from cultivation to harvest.
GISB is a joint venture established in 2007 by the non-profit and non-government organisation Grameen Trust, and Intel Corporation with the goal of applying technology to help the world’s impoverished population.
“In this digital era, technology has contributed greatly to the growth and development of society including the agricultural sector. Both organisations have the same goal of harnessing ICT for the improvement of various farming and agricultural strategies,” DOST-ICTO said, in its statement.
The partnership is in line with the Tech4ED project of DOST-ICTO that promotes the development of an “eFilipino” towards an inclusive and integrated society through information and communication. The project is composed of the “eSociety” component and “mAgri” segment.
“This partnership between GISB and the Tech4ED project, is a significant initiative that aims to develop information technology solutions for e-Agriculture services,” said Bettina Quimson, deputy executive director of the DOST-ICTO’s eSociety group.
The eSociety group aims to harness ICT to enable, empower, and transform society towards an inclusive, integrated and equitable countryside. The mAgri group, however, enhances farm technologies for aquaculture, livestock and agriculture. This is done by providing recommendations based on the farmers’ specific situation and cover crop, seed selection, soil management and fertiliser application, pest and disease management and forward market linkage information.