Stage 5: Scaling
FQS is being accessed by more than 100,000 beneficiaries in 12 districts of Bangladesh where USAID funded AESA project is being implemented. More than 59,000 agro consultations have been provided to the farmers through this application so far.
FQS is being accessed by more than 50,000 beneficiaries in 12 districts of Bangladesh where USAID funded AESA project is being implemented. More than 59000 agro consultations have been provided to the farmers through this application so far.
Direct agents are:
Resource Farmers/ICT Champions: 227
Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officer: 130
Field Supervisor & Field Facilitator: 400
Input Retailers: 100
AICC Agents: 25
Non-Beneficiary Agents: 2000 & counting
Registered in Bangladeshin Bangladesh
Cultivation & Tools, Processing & Production, Seeds & Stock and 13 MoreSEE ALL
Cultivation & Tools, Processing & Production, Seeds & Stock, Soil Management, Leadership Development, Private Sector Competitiveness, Methods & Learning, Mentoring/Coaching, Workforce Development, Digital Development, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Human Centered Design, Public-Private Partnerships, Data/Analytics, GIS/Mapping and TechnologySEE LESS
Lives Impacted to Date
Mission and Vision
The Farmer Query is currently working in 20 districts in the central and southwest areas of Bangladesh namely Dhaka, Barisal and Khulna divisions. The FQS emphasizes to strengthen the existing agriculture extension system through ICT in 20 districts in southwest and central Bangladesh in order to sustainably improve food security and nutrition for 200,000 vulnerable women and smallholders farmers.
The ultimate objective is to ensure that farmers are not misled or exploited when they face a problem or have questions, and to directly link them to government agricultural experts sitting in the toll-free call center.
20,000 Farmers (Est.)
50,000 Farmers (Est.)
100,000 Farmers (Est.)
140,000 Farmers (Est.)
180,000 Farmers (Est.)
200,000 Farmers (Est.)
n Bangladesh, there is a Government-led extension system. More than 12500 Sub Assistant Agricultural Officers (SAAO) are working in the field to support a huge number of farmers. But the challenge in the field is that each SAAO has to cover more than 2000 farm household within their territories which is hard to cover in a given time frame. So, SAAOs door step services is hard to get by the farmers. They can call over the phone but in critical cases, it is needed to visit the field and diagnose the problem which usually farmers do not get.
Besides, there are some cases where agricultural expert’s feedback is needed as SAAOs are diploma holders and they cannot identify or suggest solutions for all the problems. So, in the current extension system it is hard to get expert feedback by the farmers. Our mobile based farmer query system is an ICT solution where farmers can ask query directly to the experts, through a local infomediary . The infomediaries use a smart phone based application to collect the information on the problems faced by the farmers. They then directly send the collected information and the queries through the mobile phone to a central location.
The agro experts can view the collected information on a web portal and respond to the queries placed by the farmers through phone call or SMS or through emails.
Planned Goals and Milestones
Currently, the FQS falls under the Agriculture Extension Support Activity funded by USAID with two implementing partners, Care International & Dhaka Ashsania Mission using the FQS in the targeted areas.
This project will further work with the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Bangladesh to identify gaps in the current endeavors and build on the efforts already under way. Plans are under way to make the technology approach financially and operationally sustainable through introduction of usage fee for the farmers after the funding period ends in 2017.
A concrete business plan is under construction to make the payment structure of the FQS in a way that it does not pose heavy financial burden on the farmers and discourage them to use this service and also on the other hand to make the revenue flow continuously to cover up for the costs to make it financially sustainable.
With the current scale of the usage of this approach limited to 20 districts in Bangladesh, the approach will be deployed in other agro-based districts given the initial level of success of it in the piloting phases. In addition, plans are under consideration to reach a million farmers all across the country who still do not have access to the FQS as a mechanism to access agro related solutions through a fully digitized platform. In addition to this, the main target users which included the 12000+ extension agents present a huge potential for the scalability of FQS as only a few hundred extension agents currently have access to this technology. Moreover, the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Bangladesh has expressed interest in making this working approach of FQS prevalent throughout Bangladesh. The international scalability of this approach is promising given the countries in Asia & Africa which have high dependency in agriculture.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||50,000|