Solution for Farmers: SmartFarmer Farm Support Services (SFSS)
SmartFarmer Support Services is a system under SmartFarmer, aimed to build the capacity of
farmers, by improving the quality of agricultural services, enhancing value addition, granting
market access and improving flow of farming inputs needed to farmers. The objective of SFSS is
to provide farmers with support, enabling farmers even do more in their activities of food &
commodity production from Africa: SDG 1, 2, 8 & 12
An Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code *800*5000# has been introduced
starting in Ghana. A simplified way for farmers to subscribe to SFSS even without internet
access for benefits such as:Finance, Extension,
Market access and Input supply
Credit between ($200 - $2,000) will be issued to new or existing farmers subscribed to the SFSS
to enhance the production and marketing of their farm produce. Farmers will use this credit to
facilitate purchase of seasonal farm inputs (seeds, fertilizer, feed etc.) to boost their productivity
to enable increased farming yields and expansion of their operations. Finance provided to
farmers will be paid back to SmartFarmer through a system of marketing and sales of farm
produce between the farmer & SmartFarmer.
SFSS-Extension Service (E)
SmartFarmer is providing extension services to farmers via 2 ways.
- Tele-Agric where a subscribed Farmer can easily dial up for effective and quick-responds
tailored extension service with just a phone call at any time of need.
- SmartFarmer extension experts will periodically also visit farmers, and also upon farmer’s
request; to disseminate new and improved farming practices, new innovations and to solve
farmers technical challenges (pests, diseases, weed control & high mortality rates for livestock,