Pilots aim to test the robustness of NADiRA’s technical innovations and the viability of its innovative business approach in selected value chains of Senegal and Nigeria, illustrating the real-world potential of derived services, to sustainably improve smallholders’ market integration, income and livelihoods, and the overall efficiency and productivity of the value chain.
Dry season floodplain rice – Senegal
A first pilot in January 2018 aimed to assess NADiRA’s initial technical potential for irrigated, dry season rice monitoring in the Senegal River Valley. Targeted at 4 000 farmers, the pilot revealed the critical importance of field data quality for smallholder-facing services. Subsequently, Manobi leveraged partnership with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, to develop and implement ad-hoc data consistency checks inside the agCelerant™ workflows.
Rainy season floodplain rice – Senegal
Between August and December 2018, NADiRA tested the applicability of its business approach, linking a targeted number of farmer cooperatives with a micro-finance institution, and insurer and an industrial off-taker. Implemented with 190 rice growers of the Kleune community (Senegal River Basin), this revealed the pivotal role of proximal agent networks in enforcing stakeholders’ compliance with contractual clauses and strengthened the rationale around concept of phygital agriculture.
Rain fed sorghum – Nigeria
A rain fed sorghum pilot enrolled 2 000 sorghum farms in Nigeria’s Bauchi, Kano and Niger states from June-December 2018, developing the data infrastructure and field data baselines to assess the feasibility of extending NADiRA’s technical capability into the larger, but more complex, rain-fed agricultural systems typical of Africa’s smallholder agriculture.