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Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Much of its population depends on agriculture, which has been affected by global warming. Malawian macadamia farmers are therefore connected to CM’s mobile services like mobile questionnaires to share information and guarantee a higher macadamia nut production.
Africa as a continent produces half of the world’s macadamia nuts. Of the three African macadamia-producing countries, Malawi is Africa’s smallest. Much of the macadamia tree row in large plantations owned by corporations that process the nuts.
The instructors use the questionnaire tool on a smartphone, provided by the project. They visit the 3000 farmers to fill out the questionnaires. They use the mobile app to interview the farmers, filling in answers directly in the app. The data, which contains answers to specified questions, is collected and processed in a central database, the so-called monitor. All the collected data can be consulted via a web interface. Sympany and its project partners use the interface to draft the questionnaires, analyse the data to improve the macadamia nut quality. If it turns out a farmer has been using wrong ways to grow trees, an instructor can intervene and assist the farmer to improve the situation.
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