Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
About this Project
A collaborative effort with Carteira Móvel
This study aims to promote the proper use and integration of the use of fertilizers in agricultural practices in Mozambique, specifically of the farmers in dryland. Thus, we study the crops produced, the use of agricultural inputs, the cycles of each culture and some basic characteristics of farmers such as age, gender, and household size.
The goal is to be able to improve production levels of these farmers through the introduction of mobile money technology – mKesh, a service that allows the use of cellphones to make cash transactions such as deposits, withdrawals or transfers. This project will take place in the province of Manica, and 600 farmers will participate, divided into four groups of 150. Each group will have access to different parts of mKesh, in order to verify which of the strands has a better impact on the level of savings and consequently the level of production of each farmer.
We seek further information on agricultural practices in Mozambique, strengthening the existing literature in this area. The introduction of different strands of mKesh eliminates some problems of access to existing financial institutions in more remote agricultural areas. The introduction of this service may lead to an increase in savings by farmers, allowing greater investment in agricultural inputs. This growth in agricultural investment consequently increase the quantity produced, improving the standard of living of these farmers through the sale of this additional production on agricultural markets.