commonsense projct data ethiopia

Project

Geodata for Agriculture and Water: CommonSense

The CommonSense project aims to bring smallholder food producers’ communities and satellite sensor data together, to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers in four regions in Ethiopia.

Goal

To improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers in four regions in Ethiopia, facilitating their farming activities and their ‘social ecosystem’ with information based on satellite and other data. By targeting the smallholders directly and through their supporting network (farmers’ cooperative unions and associations, microfinance institutions and insurance companies, extension services by development agents from the Ministry of Agriculture) the CommonSense project, in line with the objectives of the Agricultural Growth Project for Ethiopia, aims at improving the smallholders food security and livelihood at large.

This is through the provision of information which should place them in a better position to sell their products to the market, to get more accurate and farm specific advice based on farming best practices, weather and other information, to obtain the necessary credits, and to insure their crops protecting them from climate risks.

Project purpose

The CommonSense project aims to enable more than 200,000 smallholder food producers in Ethiopia to increase their food and security status by providing to food producers and to their supporting network three information services: farm management, loan and insurance services. Services will be based on satellite data, weather prediction models, crop monitoring and risk assessments, best agricultural practices, market information and other data from the partners know-how and knowledge network operating in the Netherlands and in Ethiopia.

Target user group

The CommonSense project targets smallholder mixed farmers in the regions of Oromia, Amhara, the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples' Regional State (SNNP) and Tigray as well as sesame farmers in the Tigray and Amhara regions. The target users will be also reached through their network (farmer cooperatives unions, associations, development agents, micro finance institutions (MFIs) and micro insurance companies) and intermediaries.

The targeted smallholders need:

  • farm specific management advice in relation to geographical location and weather,
  • location specific market intelligence on availability and prices of inputs,
  • location specific market intelligence on prices and selling opportunities of crops,
  • access to micro insurances and loans to protect their revenues and be able to invest in their production capabilities

Smallholders intermediaries will act as an interface with the smallholders for more complex information contents.

Desired outcome

  • more than 200,000 smallholder food producers in the targeted regions in Ethiopia have their crop production improved.
  • an average of 15% increase in crop yields for the targeted smallholders is attained.
  • the effectiveness in the use of seeds by the targeted smallholders is increased by 10%.
  • the effectiveness in the use of fertilizers, pesticides and water by the targeted smallholders is increased by 7%.
  • crop post-harvest and storage losses decrease of 10%.
  • targeted smallholderfood producers improve their income by an average of 20%.
  • credit and insurance provision to smallholder food producers is more effective; the customers of insurance and microfinance products also increase of 10%.