ADDIS ABEBA – The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) and Mercy Corps have agreed to provide data-driven holistic solutions to challenges farmers are facing in the country.
ATA and Mercy Corps’ AgriFin program signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today that will help the agency develop a data hub.
The hub will enable ATA to implement a digital farm-management tool enabling farmers to make data-driven decisions, and improve existing processes and performances within its Farmer Production Clusters (FPC) program, the agency said.
The agreement was virtually signed by ATA CEO Khalid Bomba and Mercy Corps/Agrifin Program Director, Leesa Shrader, in Addis Ababa and Nairobi.
“This partnership is an exciting and bold initiative for the two institutions,” said Khalid Bomba, CEO of ATA.
Since the initiation of the partnership last year, he said Mercy Corps’ AgriFin program has been supporting the ATA and its FPC program to design and test high-impact digital solutions for smallholder farmers.
“These solutions will ultimately be scaled, benefiting the 2.5 million smallholder farmers under the FPCs,” Khalid said.
Through the latest partnership, the agricultural agency is piloting Cropin’s SmartFarm platform, which will enable the organization to obtain real-time insights on the farmers’ clusters across various geographies.
The platform will, therefore, enable ATA to provide timely recommendations and guidance to individual smallholder farmers as well as clusters based on these insights.
“ATA has always been at the forefront of technology innovation for the agricultural sector in Ethiopia, indeed across Africa,” said Leesa Shrader, AgriFin Program Director.
“Mercy Corps is honored to work with the ATA team to help them take their work to the next level, combining data and building responsive digital systems which can inform government, private sector and smallholder farmers’ critical work in agriculture, building a solid foundation for Ethiopia’s food security and economic growth,” she added.