Fallbeispiel: Wetterwarnung und Handel per SMS

Der agriBORa Gründer Kizito Odhiambo brauchte für die Web-App zur Unterstützung der Lebensmittel-Produktion und -Vermarktung in Ostafrika eine Frontend-Lösung. Das Backend entwickelte er mit dem eigenen Team.

Besser ernten und handeln

Der digitale Beratungsservice von agriBORA sendet Wettervorhersagen und landwirtschaftliche Anbauhinweise. Als Kommunikationsplattform zwischen Anbau und Handel unterstützt die agriBORA-App die Lebensmittelversorgung in Ostafrika. So verhilft die App Kleinbauern dazu, Ihre Feldbewirtschaftung am Wetter zu orientieren oder vor Schädlingsplagen zu schützen und ihre Erträge zu  steigern. Das Offshore-Team von L-One entwickelt das Frontend der App, für die Darstellung von Informationen und ihrer Eingabe. Per SMS verschickt die App Nachrichten und dient entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette zwischen Anbau und Vertrieb dem Austausch von Nachrichten, vom Warnhinweis bis zur Absatzunterstützung. 

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Der Kenianer Kizito Odhiambo lebt seit 10 Jahren in Deutschland, wo er studiert und das Start-up agriBora gegründet hat. Dazu ist er Global Learning Facilitator im Netzwerk Bildung trifft Entwicklung.

What it was developed
With the agriBora app, Kenyan Kizito Odhiambo has devised a digital tool for smallholders and farmers in Kenya. The conditions there cannot be compared with those in Europe. The app enables the farmers to exchange ideas with one another and distributes very helpful and sometimes necessary warning notices for cultivating the fields, for example about approaching storms. Providing customers with agricultural data – forecasts, weather data, cultivation recommendations – is one component. The tool is also a sales platform. Farmers have a direct line to cooperatives, wholesalers, seed and fertilizer manufacturers.

The app includes free and paid service offers. It also handles the cashless processing over the phone. Communication takes place via integrated voice messages and SMS in English, Swahili and other national languages ​​such as Luo and Luyha. 

From the start there was a clear division of labor. L-One took over the frontend development, agriBORA the backend.

" Our solution was not well visualized  and not easy to grasp for the customer . We are not the experts for this and we also do not have the manpower.  We are  glad  the L-One the surface for us implemented "

Kizito Odhiambo, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von agriBORA

Challenges
The time factor is the greatest challenge for us  – we have to be able to  react quickly. Another challenge is  funding. L-One enables us  to save time, to react quickly and agilely and, thanks to its flexible  design and “start-up understanding”, it can  offer a solution for our budget.

Field view from Satelite
Die agriBORA-App informiert Landwirte per Textnachricht in englisch oder mehreren Landessprachen über nahende Unwetter oder Schädlingsplagen.

Working with the L-One team in Damascus
Since the time for development was short, Kizito Odhiambo initially had concerns: “ Thanks to the same tools that are used for communication, the onboarding worked well and the teamwork went from the start to uncomplicated. All in all, it worked better than expected. “

Market in East Africa
Das Ziel der agriBORA-App ist die Optimierung von Ernten und Verbesserung der Kommunikation in Landwirtschaft und Handel.

"L-Ones Offshore Team supports us with the frontend development. Advantage: The time and cost savings. And even more important: we can concentrate on our core competencies. «

Kizito Odhiambo, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von agriBORA

Results, plans for the future         
agriBORA gain a time advantage. The employees can concentrate on what they understand: time for the customer, the product idea and the programming in the backend environment. The implementation of the area visible to the users of our web applications, the front end, is implemented by L-One. “We simply lacked the manpower for the front end. The front end that we now have speaks to and contributes solutions that we would never have been able to implement, ”concludes Kitzito Odhiambo.

In connection with agriBORA’s growth, the cooperation with L-One will soon be expanded. That is, the number of working hours and the number of employees on the offshore team are increased.

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