Scaling up Haller's impact in West Africa through mobile technology
By The Haller Foundation
The Haller Foundation’s goal is to empower the millions of smallholder farmers living on degraded land across Africa. Changing climate patterns coupled with a history of unsustainable farming practices have exhausted the soil and left land unfarmable. Food insecurity has been prevalent across the continent and will continue to be exacerbated due to the current global coronavirus pandemic. After the successful launch and implementation of the Haller Farmers app in East Africa, Haller is looking to scale up its impact to reach communities in West Africa (not only limited to Cameroon). Haller seeks to create a similar application designed specifically for farmers in West Africa by providing them with affordable, organic and environmentally friendly farming techniques. This application will have the power to maximise food production, create self-sustaining communities and improve health and nutrition, in the face of COVID-19.
People: Social Impact
Number of Lives Impacted:
12-17, 18-25, 26-40, 41-60, 60+
Student, Employed, Self-employed, Unemployed
Planet: Environmental Impact
Topic and Activity Grid
Food and Hunger
Research & Development
Project Outcome Indicators
— App users
We expect the number of users to increase to 500,000 people with app-mentor initiatives carried out by local teams.
— Employment and local economy
As we are targeting and engaging with beneficiaries directly, the change is easily measurable through the SMARTTD model (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound, Trackable, Disaggregated)
The project will be run in a four step process; Research and Planning, Development, Implementation and Maintenance. As the designs are already in place, there is little further artwork to be done. Additional content will be adapted following our brand guidelines. The existing Haller Farmers code will be replicated and developed for smallholders in West Africa. With these in place, expanding the geographical reach of the app is economically very cost effective. Research and Planning: We will be working in partnership with West African NGOs in order to collate relevant sustainable agricultural content to be included within the new app. Development: Research will be carried out to determine which languages the app should be developed in. Working with these NGOs, relevant word content will be developed and implemented helping to create an app for farmers by farmers. Local photographers will be hired for image content. User testing will be carried out across West Africa in conjunction with partnering NGOs, smallholder farmers, Ministry of Agriculture officials and students. Implementation: A tailored marketing strategy will be put in place for the launch of the app in order to increase awareness, engagement and downloads. An App Ambassador Programme will be set up to connect directly with local farmers and increase awareness. Maintenance: Additional content will be added along with app development updates and on-going reviews of analytics to track data and measure impact.
UPDATE #1 | 10 months ago
Haller Farmers is now on iOS!
Connectivity and affordability of technology in Kenya have been increasing due to the wide scale use of Mpesa. However, access in rural communities is still limited and the issue remains to get them connected. This is why we have now also developed Haller Farmers for iOS in the hope of getting the app into the hands of extension workers and NGOs who work with farming communities who aren't digitally connected.
We are extremely grateful for everyone's continuous support and encouragement on this technological venture and we look forward to new developments in the future!
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will provide one farmer with start-up seeds so they can begin farming organically and sustainably
will provide a farmer with off-grid light and power which can also be used to charge a mobile phone, using solar energy
will provide a farmer with an Android smartphone and data bundles enabling them to use Haller Farmers to adopt the techniques and improve their livelihood
will provide Haller with the funds to train 10 Haller App Ambassadors on how to use Haller Farmers so they can share the techniques with their communities for sustainable development
will provide Haller with the funds to develop app content to this specific region
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Goal 1: No Poverty
This goal focuses on the poor and vulnerable, and aims to: reduce the population living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions, build a policy environment that is supportive of the poor and vulnerable, ensure that the poor and vulnerable have equal rights to economic resources and basic services, land & property, and reduce their exposure to the risks of economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
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Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
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Your project is addressing the following pillars:
An end to poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions. A world where all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality, and in a healthy environment.
Protecting the planet from degradation, creating cycles of sustainable consumption and production, management of natural resources and taking action on climate change. This is all to ensure the planet can support the needs of present and future generations.
Fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. This is a necessary state for sustainable development.
Ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, and that technological, social and economic progress occurs in harmony with nature.
To mobilise the means required to achieve the other four impact themes, through including the participation of all countries, stakeholders and people.