Presenter: Stephane Boyera, CEO, SBC4D
SBC4D’s agriculture business-matching service is a mash-up of mobile, radio and Web platforms that enables farmers in the developing world to use ICTs for direct access to new market opportunities at the local, regional, national and global level, independently of their literacy level, their language or their phone. It uses innovative voice technologies that allow all farmers to use the platform directly without intermediaries. It has different modules to tackle different contexts and needs. It includes voice technologies, SMS and Web access. It also has specific modules to connect with community radio stations and mobile money systems. The platform is a toolbox that can be customised for different regions. It is currently deployed by ITC in Kenya, in cooperation with KACE, and in Fiji with FCLC. It is built on top of an open-source package developed as part of the EU-funded VOICES project.