Scalable Agriculture Data

Scalable Agriculture Data through Conversational Farm Record Keeping

6th Grain has the long-term goal of increasing yields and income for all farmers in Africa. To achieve this, they plan to greatly expand the agronomy advice and input availability information for growers. They will improve growers’ ability to determine if seeds and other inputs used have resulted in increased productivity while unlocking the pathways to success for gathering high-quality field data at a low cost.

This project aims to develop a highly scalable ground data collection method by deploying FieldFocus Light, a new mobile tool 6th Grain recently developed that is easy-to-learn and user-friendly. This tool allows farmers to not only calculate field size and collect yield data, but also design profitable farming strategies based on previous farm records and management plans. The focus of this project is to digitize farmer recruitment, training, monitoring, and payment for high-quality agronomists, and for growers to know whether the inputs and investments on their farm are paying off. Using these digital tools, 6th Grain will develop a system that provides world-class agronomic advice, engagement, and decision support across the agricultural value chain and bring more transparency to the last mile in digital agriculture.


Molly Brown, 6th Grain

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Data Sharing Platform Enhances the Value of Farm Data Across Sectors

This project focused on engaging private-sector organizations to pilot a scalable platform for sharing high-quality ground data on African agriculture. Read more about how their application is breaking down barriers to data sharing.

October 2022

Human-Centered Design and Scalable Approaches to Field Data Collection

Read 6th Grain’s final report to see how they overcame challenges and delivered state of the art agricultural mapping services to Kenyan farmers.

August 2021

Usability Makes the Difference in Digital Boundary Mapping for Smallholder Farmers

Read initial lessons learned to see early lessons learned in user experience.

December 2020