Log in or register to follow or vote for this project.
In spite of having physical resources like fertile soil and rainfall, the rural farmers in South Asia are pushed into the dartk pit of poverty due to their lack of soft (knowledge) resources. It includes the lack of decision making ability in farm related tasks, such as knowledge about a particular crop or animal disease, the knowledge of fertilizers and idea of selling the crops to the market at a profitable price.
Pratham aims at developing a sustainable mechanism for knowledge distribution to farmers in regions where the lack of ideas and techniques is at a level at par with lack of resources. It aims to make use of the knowledge derived from previous high-tech approaches to agriculture such as data mining in agriculture and precision agriculture and targets to impart the knowledge from these fields to the general farmer.
In order to do so, Pratham intends to make use of services like IVR, USSD and SMS which are available to a farmer in rural areas. Pratham shall be built on top of an intelligent data mining based agricultural intelligence system, which shall be powered by algorithms capable of finding the best match for a given farming situation. The user (farmer) shall be able to run queries to the backend via IVR or SMS frontend and get an insight about the best decision to take. In doing so, not only will a farmer be best served about the knowledge of soil, the rainfall or the type of worms eating away his plants, or the pesticide amount but also the farmer shall be made aware about the current prices for the crop to be sold. This way, the system shall serve as the first friend a farmer should consult. Thus the name Pratham, meaning "first".