Digital Frontiers: Digital for Resilience and Food Security
Digital Agriculture Ecosystem Assessments
Digital Frontiers works with the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security to build upon the effective Mission support model developed under Digital Development for Feed the Future (D2FTF). This includes supporting various USAID/Missions to better understand, work with, and support digital agriculture ecosystems to meet Missions’ development objectives.
As the number of digital solutions for agriculture continues to grow around the world, an exciting landscape teeming with numerous actors and tools has emerged in Bangladesh. Feed the Future commissioned this study as a follow-on to a 2018 assessment in order to deepen and update its understanding of the country’s digital agriculture landscape. Under Digital Frontiers, Strategic Impact Advisors conducted this assessment March through May of 2020. The report contains the findings of remote consultations with 37 institutional actors in Bangladesh’s agriculture technology sector and 16 digital tool users, including farmers, livestock service providers, and extension workers.
Digital Frontiers conducted two assessments in Burkina Faso and Niger in 2018 and 2019, respectively, to gauge digital tools’ potential to enhance the reach and impact of the USAID Sahel Regional Office’s food security and resilience activities in. This document serves as an umbrella report across the two countries with a short summary of findings and recommended actions.
At the request of the USAID Sahel Regional Office (SRO) in Dakar, the USAID Bureau for Food Security and the U.S. Global Development Lab conducted an assessment of the current and potential use of digital tools in order to enhance the reach and impact of the SRO’s food security and resilience activities under the new U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy country plan for Niger. The assessment was broadened to include USAID/Burkina Faso given the Mission’s joint resilience programming and relevance as a USAID resilience focus country. This report covers the first part of the joint assessment, which included desk research and field research conducted in Burkina Faso in 2018.
At the request of the USAID Sahel Regional Office (SRO) in Dakar, the USAID Bureau of Food Security and the U.S. Global Development Lab conducted an assessment of the current and potential use of digital tools in order to enhance the reach and impact of the SRO’s food security and resilience activities under the new U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy country plan for Niger. The assessment was broadened to include USAID/Burkina Faso given the Mission’s joint resilience programming and relevance as a USAID resilience focus country. This report covers the second part of the joint assessment, which included desk research and field research conducted in Niger in 2019.
The primary objective of this digital agriculture assessment for Colombia is to develop a better understanding of the digital agriculture landscape in the country and identify opportunities for positive intervention. This assessment was developed as part of an ongoing effort by the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) to develop digital agriculture assessments for several countries around the world.
This Assessment supports USAID/Haiti in better understanding the country’s digital agriculture landscape to inform its current and forthcoming Feed the Future activities. Conducted by Strategic Impact Advisors under Digital Frontiers in 2022, this report provides USAID/Haiti and its partners with recommendations to help strengthen the quantity and quality of digital agriculture services and products available in Haiti, as well as increase the awareness and usage of these services and products.
This Assessment supports USAID/Honduras establish a stronger understanding of the digital agricultural landscape in Honduras. The assessment examines the country’s digital agricultural market ecosystem, taking into consideration both demand and supply factors in addition to supporting functions and regulations. Conducted by Strategic Impact Advisors under Digital Frontiers in 2022, this report provides USAID/Honduras and its partners with recommendations to help strengthen the quality of digital agricultural services available in Honduras (supply) while increasing the awareness and usage of these services (demand).
This assessment, commissioned by USAID/Malawi and conducted by Intellecap Advisory Services under Digital Frontiers in 2022, evaluated the digital agriculture ecosystem in Malawi by assessing the ability and accessibility of foundational digital infrastructure and digital skills for local actors and stakeholders. This report identifies challenges and opportunities in leveraging digital technologies more effectively and in engaging Malawian women and youth in agriculture.
Development Gateway (DG) and Athena Infonomics conducted an assessment of the digital agricultural ecosystem in Mali between September 2021 and January 2022. The assessment was conducted using DG’s Custom Assessment Landscape Methodology (CALM.) The CALM methodology uses a combination of desktop research and mixed data collection methods, including key informant interviews (KIIs,) surveys, and data analysis, to understand the context, collect user needs, and identify the links – or missing links – between key stakeholders in a specific sector.
Development Gateway (DG) et Athena Infonomics ont effectué une évaluation de l’écosystème agricole numérique au Mali, entre septembre 2021 et janvier 2022, suivant la méthodologie Country Assessment Landscape Methodology (CALM) de DG. La méthodologie CALM combine la recherche documentaire et des méthodes mixtes de collecte de données, telles que les entretiens avec des informateurs clés (EIC), les enquêtes et les analyses fines d’informations, pour comprendre le contexte, recueillir les besoins des utilisateurs et identifier les liens - ou l’absence de liens - entre les parties prenantes d’un secteur spécifique.
The purpose of this activity was to carry out a Digital Agriculture Ecosystem Assessments in support of the USAID/Mozambique Mission, with the goal of enabling them to better understand, work with, and support the country’s digital agriculture ecosystem to meet development objectives. The assessment recommendations would be used to inform both current and future programming. Intended users are USAID/Mozambique and implementers of its three major activities - Supporting the Policy Environment for Economic Development (SPEED), Promoting Innovative and Resilient Agriculture Market Systems (PREMIER), and Resiliência Integrada na Nutrição e Agricultura (RESINA).
This assessment, commissioned by USAID/Nepal and conducted by Strategic Impact Advisors under Digital Frontiers in the fall of 2020, assessed the potential to leverage digital technology to support Nepal’s agricultural input systems. USAID hypothesized that digital technology, when deployed effectively, can increase cost and productivity for public and private input service providers, leading to a stronger agricultural sector. The study analyzes and provides recommendations for the market systems and subsidy programs for the inputs of seed, fertilizer, machinery, and irrigation in Nepal.
This assessment, commissioned by USAID/Tajikistan and conducted by NIRAS in 2021/22, uses an ecosystem approach to understanding the market landscape and farmer needs as they relate to accessing and using digital tools. This report provides critical insights for Tajikistan’s needs, value chains, sector bottlenecks, and the state of digital connectivity and technology access with the overall aim to explore the potential for digital agriculture services, platforms, systems, and applications (apps).
This report presents the findings of the Digital Agriculture Ecosystem Assessment in Tanzania commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through DAI. The assessment’s key objectives include mapping relevant actors within the digital agriculture ecosystem in Tanzania, identifying challenges and opportunities for effective digital technology adoption in the agriculture sector, particularly aligned with USAID/Tanzania’s priorities, and assessing the specific challenges and opportunities for Tanzanian women and youth in digital agriculture.
USAID/RFS conducted a rapid digital agriculture assessment in November 2022 to assess the on-the-ground context of digital technology access and uptake in two municipalities in the West of the country. It includes potential opportunities for incorporating digital technology into agriculture programming in that part of the country.
This assessment, commissioned by USAID Uganda and conducted by NIRAS in November 2021, built a knowledge base to inform the Missions’ digital agriculture activities and investment. This report provides insights into the opportunities and challenges faced by digital agriculture service providers, farmer incentives for using digital agriculture applications as well as what has worked and/or failed in previous programs designed to increase adoption of digital technologies in the sector. This report could be used by stakeholders working to progress the development of the digital agriculture ecosystem in Uganda as an enabler to increasing agriculture productivity, farmers’ incomes and household food security.
This report provides an overview of the digital agriculture ecosystem in Zimbabwe to inform current and future USAID/Zimbabwe programming that supports the advancement and adoption of digital agriculture tools in the country. In pursuit of this objective, Strategic Impact Advisors (SIA) conducted comprehensive desk research and held key informant interviews (KIIs) with a range of stakeholders to establish an understanding of the digital agriculture products and services available in Zimbabwe, as well as their current and potential usage.