Essential info:

Entrant: Tel Aviv University Solution: NITSAN Country: Israel Link: www.nitsanlab.org

SOLUTION: NITSAN – enables mobile-phone based data exchange between Nepali smallholders and the experts that train them during an employment program in Israeli farms. 

Finalist

Nitsan attempts to engage smallholders in data-driven cultivation are often hampered by a lack of digital literacy and a lack of trust in advice received from unfamiliar experts. NITSAN will overcome this barrier by enabling mobile-phone based data exchange between hundreds of carefully selected Nepali smallholders and the experts that train them during a year-long, self-financed employment program in Israeli farms. NITSAN users will share economic and biophysical data to help experts provide targeted recommendations for both their own and neighbors’ farms, thus modernizing horticulture and livestock rearing in their entire communities. This model and our partnerships will enable country-level scale-up.