Worldwide, 500 million smallholder farms are responsible for 70% of the food production. Agriculture is the engine behind the food that we get served on our plates every day. It is something beautiful, a lifestyle, but something fragile as well. People working on these farms are normally struggling in poor living conditions and do not actualise their full agricultural potential. Between 30-40% of crops are being lost before the farm-gate due to outdated farming practices and unawareness to certain risks. At the moment agriculture faces more challenges than ever before. Climate change, a growing world population, and unpredictable market fluctuations make a farmers' live more difficult than ever.
In Myanmar 37 million people (that is 70 percent of the population) are (in)directly dependent on farming. The mobile phone penetration is estimated at 80 percent, and 70 percent of the smallholder farmers are connected to the internet through their mobile. Compliment with distributed computing and remote sensing, means that there is an immense opportunity to easily reach an enormous group of people all over the country, region and world.
Therefore, Impact Terra was established. In 2016 Erwin Sikma founded the organisation with the idea to leverage technology to create a lasting impact for farmers. Through our digital services platform Golden Paddy, consisting of a mobile application, web application and a Facebook page, Impact Terra increases crop production through the sharing of leading agricultural knowledge and specific, real-time recommendations & alerts, expands markets connections and opportunities and facilitates access to improved (formal) financing opportunities for smallholder farmers. We optimise the Golden Paddy platform for our beneficiaries, based on the crop they grow, the location they live in and other characteristics. Besides farmers, we see extension workers (government, NGOs, private sector) as our end-users; because we perceive all stakeholders in the agricultural value chains as potential clients. View our solutions for smallholder and organisation on our services pages.
We now work in Myanmar but are planning to expand our reach to Thailand and Vietnam, other SEA countries and eventually globally.
A thriving and sustainable smallholder agriculture sector
To digitally empower smallholder farmers around the world