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What is gaipa?

gaipa is a global farmer empowerment community equipping farmers to create self-determined and sustainable livelihoods.

We have realized that small-scale farmers around the world face challenges in sustaining a livelihood, especially in developing countries. Despite solutions and knowledge being available. We want to make it accessible and use the growing internet penetration for that.


Our Objectives

1. gaipa aims at strengthening sustainable food systems on global and local level, which are less prone to climate change effects and enable food sovereignty.

2. gaipa fosters the creation of social and economic opportunities for all people, especially those living in rural areas.

In order to achieve our goals we will

  • empower small-scale farmers exploiting existing market opportunities.
  • provide small-scale farmers access to relevant information.
  • increase negotiating powers of farmers.

gaipa Solution

gaipa is going to be a one-stop online community assisting especially small-scale farmers in developing countries. The community will be tailored to the farming needs and digital experience of farmers. We will create different user interfaces, catering for the various levels of experience. This will reduce barriers in using this online service. At the same time experienced users, especially intermediaries from supporting institutions such as government extension officers, NGOs or corporates will find useful support.

We apply a user-centred approach working closely with farmers and intermediaries right from the start. For developing the prototype we conduct user interviews and enhance the solution with every interview, making it easy to use. Additionally, we learn how farmers prefer information being presented to them.

gaipa will scale-up existing services, instead of starting another ideation round. Farming Solutions exist. We make them accessible.



Information Platform

Information Platform


  • Agriculture Technologies
  • Farming Methods
  • Explaining of Market Mechanisms


Agriculture Apps

Agriculture Apps


  • Market Access Solutions
  • Weather Services
  • Farm Management Solutions
  • Plant Disease Identification


Logistics

Logistics

  • Connecting local transporters
  • Access to long-distance transport

Supporting Services

Supporting Services

  • Mobile Money Solutions
  • Business Development Services


Regional Dealerships

Regional Dealerships

  • Connecting local agro-dealer
  • Connecting shops

Community

Community

  • Moderated Farmer Exchange
  • Farmer Sourcing Communities
  • Aggregated Selling


Future of gaipa

gaipa is piloting its services in India and Zambia, but is open to users and service providers around the globe. The users / farmers will define how the information structure on the platform will look in future. We will address local differences, based on user preferences.

We will increasingly integrate services into the gaipa user interface, creating the one-stop-shop for farmers. A farmer will be able to find solutions that can be implemented or products and services that can be ordered and paid for within the gaipa web-app.

We will progressively use whiteboard animation, pod-casts and videos to provide farmers with easy to understand content, no matter the level of literacy or education. This way we will reduce barriers in accessing knowledge and information.


Supported by

Prototypefund

BMBF - Bundesministerium fA1/4r Bildung und Forschung

Social Impact Lab Berlin