Mkulima Calculator

October 06, 2012

How can we reduce the insecurity around food – at least in the areas near us? In 2011 four Strathmore students from Kenya brooded over this question and eventually came up with the Mkulima Calculator http://www.mkulimacalc.org/index.php (Seite auf Chinesisch??). This web-based multi-system provides farmers with important information on crop management – all they need to access this data is a web-enabled phone.

Essential questions such as: Where can I find the best-priced farming equipment? How can I set up a farm and how much will it cost? When is the best time to cultivate corn? This support system with a range of useful information aims at answering these kinds of questions using automatic location detection as well as climate and weather data.

The Mkulima Calculator also aims at empowering those people who fully rely on humanitarian aid, showing them how a small-scale farm can be easily set up and maintained – step by step. A further project takes place in schools, where farms are being set up, educating students and producing food at the same time.

The data is currently only available for Kenyan regions. However, the inventors are planning to transfer their idea to other countries as well. If you are interested in how the app works, download the Android App here and check out what the Mkulima Calculator has to offer!

Caroline Weimann
Caroline Weimann

Caroline Weimann is member of the “empowering people. Award” team at the Siemens Stiftung (foundation). She studied International Law, Economics and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London as well as Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford. Before joining the Siemens Stiftung, she worked on health and development issues at the European Commission and at a consultancy firm for non-profit organizations.

 

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Basic Needs & Social Entrepreneurship

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