Agricultural Logistics Programs

Modern supply chain tools require heavy investments in training, computer infrastructure, and communications which developing countries may not be able to afford with closed-source or custom development solutions.

Inefficient power supplies, poor internet penetration rates, and high capital costs mean that most systems used in developed countries are not transposable to low-resource settings, often leading to stock-outs of important agricultural inputs. The right mobile tool can serve as a low cost, robust platform capable of alleviating issues related to logistics, distribution, and management of food systems.

CommCare, which has been deployed nationally in several countries as a last-mile value-chain system for reducing stock-outs of health supplies, can also be used to manage input distribution, the cold chain of perishable goods, and warehouse receipt systems at a lower cost than complex custom-built systems.

Learn how CommCare can help your agricultural logistics program

Benefits of Mobile Data Collection in
Agricultural Logistics Programs

Multimedia capabilities allow supervisors to include photos of produce being stocked, improving the effectiveness of quality control efforts.

Open solutions allow for greater flexibility in potential value-chain logistics.

Offline capabilities allow the application to be used in even the most rural, underserved communities.

Decision support and checklists increase adherence to protocols, improving extension agents’ performance and efficiency.

Complex geo-referencing data-types are reduced to intuitive, localized stock ledgers to reduce training requirements.

Case management capabilities allow stock supervisors to quickly enter product quantities and suppliers for follow-up and re-stocking.

Featured CommCare-Based Agricultural
Logistics Projects

Smallholder Alliance for Sorghum

SMASH Mobile is a mobile-based reporting system designed to strengthen the sorghum supply chain in Haiti.

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World Food Program

The World Food Program uses CommCare to track the usage of oil and grain at schools to determine their resupply needs.

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See CommCare in Action

Watch as our team takes you through the design of a basic app in CommCare

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The Latest on Mobile Data Collection for Agriculture

Updates and advice from our world-class partners and Global Services team:

What’s Ahead for Mobile Data Collection in Agriculture?

A Q&A with Research Coordinator Jack Hetherington (ACIAR) on his advice for mobile data collection in ag programs.

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How to Unlock the Power of Feedback

Oikoi (formerly AgImpact) shares their advice on how providing immediate feedback to beneficiaries can improve a variety of outcomes for the entire program.

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Digitizing Coffee Agronomy Training & Monitoring

Global Technology Manager Kevin Zeigler discusses how three of Technoserve’s initiatives adopted mobile data collection platforms to train farmers in East Africa.

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More than 2000 projects across 80 countries rely on CommCare for their mobile data collection and reporting needs.

“We are ready to design applications that are everything from simple and straightforward to those with challenging and unique designs and use cases.”
- Ted Barlow, President

“CommCare gave us the ability to control the experience of our fieldbased data collectors, which drastically reduced human error.”
- Bhawna Mangla, Senior Research Associate

“Thank you for helping us to gather data, refine programming, and spread the message about our impact in fighting global climate change and extreme poverty.”
- Sarah Baird, Executive Director