Sensors, Smartphones, and Smallholder Farmers
How low-cost sensors and more accurate data can transform farming in Myanmar
In a perfect storm of technology, access, and opportunity, IDEO.org went to work in Myanmar to explore new agricultural applications for low-cost sensors.
After a flurry of research, a myriad of prototypes, and trips to Kenya, Myanmar, and Tanzania, we teamed up with Yangon-based Proximity Designs to build new products that help smallholder farmers better understand their crops.
For farmers in Myanmar, so much of their work is done by feel, not fact. So, in conjunction with Proximity, we’ve come up with a handful of basic sensors that we’re testing now with farmers. We’re betting that simple sensors can accurately inform farmers on irrigation, soil saturation, and what kind of supplies they’ll need to maximize their fields.