The AgriCoach is an app that provides agricultural information to Burundian farmers. Agriculture is the main activity for most people in rural Burundi supporting their livelihood. However, yields are generally low and farmers are in need of information to support their agricultural activities. The AgriCoach provides this agricultural information to farmers in a digital format, so farmers part of the AUXFIN G50 network have easy access. In the G50 network 50 households are grouped together, elect a group leader and get access to an AUXFIN tablet with software that provides services like access to finance. The groups have weekly meetings and are assisted by a network of activators.
The development of the AgriCoach started in 2018 as part of the GAP4A project, and the app has since been closely evaluated with farmers to make sure the app answers to farmers needs and provides the right information in the right way. All the results are determined the impact of the AgriCoach and are used to strengthen and improve the app development. In the first phase of the project farmers sessions were held focussing on information needs of farmers and the understandability of the design. Following that the weather information was introduced to a group of 66 farmers.
Over the short growing season of last year, starting in September 2019 until January 2020 a case-study was held with a group of sixteen farmers. Some farmers were introduced to the pilot version AgriCoach (weather forecast and GAP for potato), while other were not using the AgriCoach and used a control group. The goal of the case-study was to evaluate how farmers appreciate and use the AgriCoach pilot version and how this information changes their behaviour and practices.
As our company responds to COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees , AUXFIN development team has started to work from home. we have seen the different stages and process in different countries on a daily basis by being in contact with the different project teams. The team members have experience in working on distance, our projects are mainly in Africa and Europe. The service to the different projects in Africa is still going on, and with this measurement we are able to continue to deliver the service, said Sabin Maharjan, manager AUXFIN Nepal.