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Dbuntu Data | for Agriculture

Dbuntu Data for Agriculture is a suite of simple farm management solutions that are empowering farmers in Africa with the tools to improve their productivity.

Overview of Uganda’s Economy

Uganda surpassed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target on halving poverty by 2015 and made significant progress in reducing the population that suffers from hunger, promoting gender equality, and empowering women. But the risks to Uganda’s economic prospects are significant and mainly relate to fiscal management in the face of election-related pressures, poor performance in the area of domestic revenue mobilization; and the uncertainty regarding the date of commencement of oil production and the subsequent flow of revenues. Beyond these risks, Uganda’s growth and development is constrained by the low levels of productivity of both agricultural and non-agricultural sectors; inappropriate urban development; the slow development of infrastructure; and the limited availability of credit. This type of growth can neither shield the economy from shocks nor accelerate its rate of economic growth to higher levels of prosperity.

Overview of Agriculture in Uganda

Agriculture contributes 37% to Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) — (U.S. Library of Congress Data)

Modernization of agriculture is being encouraged by the government and largely being adopted by the population and in the year 2014/2015 slightly more than 3% of the budget was allocated to agriculture. This is slightly low considering that the sector employs most of the Ugandan population. The financial year 2015/2016 represents high prospects for this sector and there is a possibility of allocating an even bigger budget for this sector. As the backbone of the country, many individuals have embraced marketing their products both locally and on the global market through exporting products both in their raw form and semi-processed.

Uganda’s AgData Opportunity

Agriculture, Uganda’s backbone, lacks timely and accurate raw data inhibiting evidence-based planning and decision making at all levels across the value chain. This drastically limits the growth of commercial agriculture development in Africa because farmers cannot confidently make informed decisions, investors cannot identify and take advantage of the lucrative opportunities to channel their capital, and the government can neither predict nor measure the effects of their policies. A majority of stakeholders are making poor decisions with their budgeted resources.

Close to 18.8 million or 77% of the Ugandan population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and close to 50% of this is the rural population which entirely dependent on agriculture as their sole economic activity (U.S. Library of Congress Data, Appendix 1)

Tougher climate and commodity price conditions are making it all the more relevant for farmers to use any information they can get their hands on. The data gap currently present in Uganda’s agriculture industry — its most densely populated industry — by far affects the most number of people, is why we chose to focus on agriculture data first.

Dbuntu Data is a data-driven platform with a mission to bridge the gap between data for social good and data for profit through field data collection & statistics.

“OUR FIRST MISSION IS COLLECTING AGRICULTURE DATA AS FOOD SECURITY IS IMPORTANT TO US”

AGRICULTURE GOALS:

  • Reduce poverty and malnutrition
  • Map food deserts and improve food security
  • Empower communities

Our model engages respondents actively involved in agricultural activities using our applications which provide services they need. We design and build mobile data collection products that deliver both near-term value to farmers and a platform for continuing development. This helps us get data-informed answers, map food deserts, increase overall food production, and improve national food sovereignty. Our agriculture apps such as Dbuntu Cattle empower agricultural businesses with data to optimize their cattle production & performance. It then allows Dbuntu Data to do real-time analyses of regional productivity, nutrition, food security, and information access with the data we collect.

At Dbuntu Data we see beyond data collection! We explore where data is needed and make a plan. Ease in data recording, human empowerment, and effective use of resources. Dbuntu Data is intelligently structured to accommodate the beauty of management and successfully orchestrate it through the morals of ‘ubuntu’.

Target Customer Segment Analysis

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