Sprout, is an open content and services agriculture platform & database where global agriculture experts and farmer-facing organizations (FFOs) collaborate to discover and share farmer-friendly, digital-ready content and services designed to build smallholder skills, resilience, and income-earning opportunities. Sprout is a project of Mercy Corps AgriFin.
As we approach mid 2022, the world has experienced an unprecedented set of events that are disrupting the agriculture sector. From the WorldBank’s expert Juergen Voegele, ”Even before the war in Ukraine, food insecurity around the world was rising. Ukraine and Russia account for 29% of global wheat exports and 62% of sunflower oil. This invasion is likely to exacerbate food price inflation in emerging markets and developing economies and impact some of the poorest and most vulnerable countries.” Add this to increasingly unpredictable weather and climate extremes, and now, more than ever, smallholders need access to reliable information to build their skills, resilience, and income-earning opportunities.
Since Sprout soft-launched in September 2021, FFOs using Sprout have shared high-quality digital messaging content on crops, livestock, climate-smart techniques, and financial literacy to millions of farmers. So far, Sprout has sent over 2.8m messages with more than 500k farmers engaged on both smart and feature phone chatbots.
We’ve got an exciting year ahead - by mid-year we expect to work with partners who collectively serve 20M farmers, we’ve got a major upgrade planned for the Sprout database platform making it easier to use, and we’ll be scaling up content for more countries. We're also designing a new Minimum Viable Product for smart farming services to be launched later in the year. Our key supporters in these efforts are GIZ and OKTA and of course, Mercy Corps AgriFin as Sprout is a project of Mercy Corps AgriFin.
We hope you will join us on the journey!