TIOMANgrow and I Can Farm Global Botswana partnership
TIOMAN is delighted to announce the partnership with I CAN FARM GLOBAL bringing TIOMANgrow to Botswana; a platform for smallholder farmers that provides free live SMS notifications with daily weather reports, pest and disease warning and with the support of the Botswana Government crop import restrictions information. TIOMANgrow is an exclusive membership for smallholders, supported by a network of agents known as TiG agents. The TiG agents visit the smallholders in their farms, equipped with smartphones to sign up smallholders to the membership using the TIOMANgrow App. The application process captures information on the smallholder, including which crops they are growing, when they will be available to harvest, the location and other valuable information. The TIOMANgrow platform supported by I CAN FARM GLOBAL in Botswana is expected to provide employment, especially for youth in rural locations as well as helping smallholders improve yields and market access. The partnership with I CAN FARM GLOBAL also provides field training, technical support via a call center and social media groups, routes to market and the ability for the smallholder to apply for asset-based loans. The food and agricultural organization (FAO) expects the global food demand to rise with 50% until 2050 while also suggesting that by some estimates, if nothing is done to change the present trends, the integration of agricultural markets could lead 1.7B farmers to be forced to leave agriculture over the next few decades. Brining Agtech solutions to the people who need them the most, the smallholder farmers could reverse this trend and allow them to stay competitive enough to preserve in the coming years.