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22 July 2020
Article: How to break free from the infinite loop of pilotitis

Pilots are a powerful way to design new solutions by testing hypotheses and validating what is actually working. But the true art of pilots is knowing when it's time to scale or bring home a controlled and productive failure.

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21 July 2020
Article: Calculating your tech ROI

There is one factor above all that rules when it comes to relevant technologies: Return on Investment (ROI). Tech should either make you money, or save you money--it's that simple!

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20 July 2020
Article: What are relevant technologies?

Specific challenges will always vary across businesses, but what does not vary is this: you don’t need tech that is cool and you don’t need buzzwords. You need a solution that works.

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30 June 2020
Article: How to keep in touch with farmers during the pandemic?

Agribusinesses are increasingly exploring how digital communication can help build relationships with smallholder farmers. 

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30 June 2020
Article: Reaching farmers through bulk SMS/text messaging or automated voice messaging

Increasing rates of phone ownership in Africa means that phone-based services can be a good option for reaching smallholder farmers, even in rural areas.

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30 June 2020
Article: Using radio to reach smallholder farmers

Radio offers significant opportunities to agribusinesses and other organisations to communicate with smallholder farmers. 

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3 June 2020
A guide to technology implementation in agribusinesses (part 3):

The third part of AgDevCo's guidelines discusses how to use pilot testing and iteration to reduce risk and uncertainty in digital technology projects.

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22 May 2020
AgDevCo expands agri-portfolio in East Africa, with low-cost grain storage solution for smallholder farmers

AgDevCo is pleased to announce a long-term debt investment into Pee Pee Tanzania Limited (PPTL), a regional leader in the production of grain storage bags.

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31 March 2020
A guide to technology implementation in agribusinesses (part 2):

The second part of AgDevCo's guidelines for agribusinesses on digital technology projects focuses on working with technology providers.

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19 March 2020
AgDevCo Covid-19 Update

With the spread of Covid-19, we face challenging times both in our African countries of operation and in our home base in the UK.  The wellbeing of our staff and contractors, and our investees, their workforces and suppliers is our priority.  AgDevCo has taken a range of measures to address these matters and to maintain business continuity. 

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18 March 2020
Can food sprays help smallholder farmers control pests? Experience from Uganda

The Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC) in northern Uganda works with tens of thousands of smallholder farmers who produce organic cotton. Organic production is often challenged by the large numbers of pests which attack the crop, notably the African bollworm, aphids and various species of sucking bugs. 

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20 January 2020
Video as a tool to enhance farmers’ skills and knowledge – the business case

This short guide summarises the business case for using video to communicate with and provide training to smallholder farmers.

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