The agriculture sector in Rwanda contributes a large percentage of socio-economic development. Therefore, there is a need for digitisation of agricultural activities to increase productivity efficiencies and subsequently the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. By digitising the interactions between smallholder farmers and the buyers, time traditionally spent travelling to receive payments can be reinvested in farming activities further increasing productivity and building a digital economic profile.
MTN is Rwanda’s leading mobile network operator.
MTN Rwanda is working towards digitising the tea value chain with an objective to improve financial inclusion, climate resilience and yields of smallholder farmers. In partnership with two digital agriculture platform providers, MTN is aiming to scale and improve their existing digital solution to enable agribusinesses to digitally profile their farmers, provide them with agronomic advisory and track real-time harvest activity through online dashboards so as to replace the manual systems. The platforms will be integrated with MTNs mobile money offering to enable digital payments to farmers. Building on data accumulated through these services, the company plans to truly enable financial inclusion by launching derivative products, such as loans and mobile-based crop index insurance for smallholders.