Newsletter, April 2014

Grameen Intel now in Nepal and Cambodia

Last few months have been quite interesting for Grameen Intel Social Business Ltd. We have organized two training and implementation sessions in Cambodia and Nepal targeted for local entrepreneurs who will use our technology solutions to provide soil testing services.

Our software applications are now empowering rice farmers in Cambodia, Agriculture is 35% of Cambodia’s GDP employing 57% (5 million) of the labor force. We organized an expert training session at the office of General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA) in Cambodia. Dr. Pen Vuth, Deputy Secretary General kicked off the four day long training session for Cambodia’s agriculture experts. Multiple organizations have committed $0.4M for technology implementation using Grameen Intel’s eAgro solutions.

Our farming software applications were also well received in Nepal. The Ministry of Agricultural Development, Nepal launched e-Agriculture program in their local district.

At present, four different software programs developed by Grameen Intel – covering different areas of the agriculture supply chain have been installed on the computers used by local cooperatives in Nepal across four locations.

Given the technologies are new and previously untested in Nepal, questions on its validity are only logical. Does it provide accurate results in the context of Nepal? To tackle these very questions, experienced soil scientists were invited to test and verify the outputs of the software applications. And after calculating and comparing the recommendations provided by the software to that of the government’s own agriculture guide, Senior Soil Scientist at the Soil Management Directorate, Dr. Chandra Risal, gave a hearty thumbs-up.