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Maximize the incomes of smallholder farmers
About This Cause
Digital Green empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. We amplify existing informal networks of farmers, extension providers, and markets with digital tools that raise local voices to transform agricultural development from the bottom up.
Founded in India in 2008 as a spin-off from a Microsoft Research project that sought to investigate how technology can support small-scale agricultural systems, we develop scalable and cost-effective technologies that assist rural communities to access and share information. Digital Green’s extension outreach began with high-quality, low-cost videos, and has grown to include other ICTs.
In Ethiopia and India, we are building on our community video work to leverage technology to further increase farmers’ productivity and incomes. We have worked with extension partners to identify the priority agricultural practices that maximize farmers yields at lowest cost, and facilitated links with input and output markets. Now we are working to deliver more targeted information specific to local, changing conditions to help farmers respond to changing climate and consumer preferences and realize tangible and sustainable returns on their investments.