Smart Farm India – Technology as if people mattered
Developing a sustainable commercially viable smart farm model that will help local organisations and the government to improve farmers’ incomes and mitigate the impact of climate change. Below are our projects.
1. Smart farm network – connecting solutions
Objectives: To identify, research and link the most effective solutions, sharing knowledge with a wide audience to scale positive outcomes. To build a database of smart farm solutions and make this publicly accessible through data management software such as Tableau and GIS mapping.
- Smart farm database now has almost 100 entries
- Workshops held include “What makes a Farm Smart” (Dec 2020) and “Smart Challenges and Solutions” rural information systems (March 2021)
- Research documents completed include “Daspalla Demonstration Project Baseline Survey” (ISS India) and “Developing Robust Smart Farm Solutions” (Jeevika Research team)
2. Smart farm demonstration project Daspalla, Odisha
Aim: To develop an environmentally sustainable commercially viable smart farm model that reduces poverty amongst small food producers, by increasing productivity, crop diversity and mitigating the impact of climate change.
Key elements of our Smart Farm demonstration project
Trialling solar-tech cold storage
Objective: to develop effective, accessible, scalable low-cost solar cold storage technology for use by small food producers, which will reduce food wastage by at least 10% and improve quality and marketability.
- Project team developed and led by Jeevika staff, in partnership with Brunel University, Doug Marriott Associates, Institute for Social Sciences (India), Ice Make India & implementing partner Odisha, Jeevan Rekha Parishad (JRP)
- Various designs were reviewed and an optimised solar cold store delivered in February 2022 by Ice-Make India.
- Chill chain management training programme developed by JRP for local villages.
- Significant academic outcomes also expected as data is collected and shared.
Promoting low-cost greenhouses
Objective: to support the trialling of low cost-controlled environment agriculture for use by small farmers and to link this to other smart farm solutions especially solar cold storage.
- Jeevika is currently working in partnership with Khyeti to deliver their latest low-cost greenhouse iteration.
- The low-cost greenhouse trial is expected to begin in August 2022.
Digital empowerment utilizing Rural Information Systems
Objective: to provide high quality digital information to assist small farmers in accessing seeds and fertilisers, disease control diagnosis, market information alongside training resources and advice.
- Local farmers are currently being trained and supported in the use of the best available information systems. Jeevika is working in partnership with Precision Development and utilising their system in Odisha
- A Digital Financial Literacy & Awareness Programme was held for women farmers in Daspalla Odisha in May 2022.
- Developing a farmer training ecosystem with local providers. This includes the following key concepts:
- Promoting the Internet Economy – eCommerce as the new Normal .
- Data Driven Business by Farmers/Women Farmers under Smart Farming Solutions.
- Indent based
- Engagement with consumers is faster and cost effective
- Invisible to Visible
- Promoting Producers to Consumers (P2C) Initiative through Digital Learning.
Improving access to markets
Objective: to increase small farmers’ incomes by improving market access and alignment.
- Developed new marketing channels for our thriving honey co-operative project in Odisha which is sold under the successful brand name of Kalinga Honey.
- Daspalla Fresh has recently been launched providing high quality vegetables directly to consumers in their dwelling and immediate locality.
- Jeevika is working with local women’s self-help groups to add value to agriculture produce through processing. Current projects involve processing surplus tomatoes into tomato sauce.
- Identifying a suitable corporate partner to support this work as part of a new CSR project.
Water management and fish farming Daspalla Odisha
Objective: building ecological capital and improved water management systems to deliver an integrated water management and fish farming project.
Activities: Project WELL which will improve water resources, the environment, and local livelihoods for indigenous tribal people, is now being implemented with our partner JRP supported by the Waterloo Foundation. This includes the development of fish farming in water catchment ponds.