Stage 2: Research & Development
Fasal is a cell phone_based service that provides current price information on a variety of agricultural outputs at a range of markets on demand.
Agriculture, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity and Technology
Agriculture, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity and TechnologySEE LESS
Funds Raised to Date
To provide current price information on a variety of agricultural outputs at a range of markets on demand.
How does your innovation work?
Targeted at smallholder farmers, it allows registered users to request price information via a simple SMS. Given the ubiquity of mobile phones across the developing world, and the plummeting cost of communications, the intervention has the potential to be both scalable and sustainable. It has the potential to improve farmers’ incomes directly by allowing them to time their harvests and sales better, and to bargain more effectively.
Planned Goals and Milestones
Over the longer term, CMF/IFMR hopes to examine changes in production decisions of farmers as they respond to improved market access.
But it could also increase the return to farming in general, and to certain crops in particular, enough to alter the size and composition of plantings in ways that further expand incomes. Following the adoption of the service in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh States, this project will randomize access to Fasal at the village level as it is rolled out in the southern state of Karnataka, and compare the prices received and incomes earned by farmers across villages.