MiPAD has been developed to strengthen the linkages among agro-input supply chain actors. The module provides the platform for agro-input dealers/retailers, importers of fertilizers, agro-chemicals, and seed producers to interact with the use of cell phone; SMS, interactive voice responses services.
MiPAD has developed proven agribusiness solutions approach for input demand pooling process management and e-extension, which can enable leading input importers and their distributors increase their turn-over and operational effectiveness through process digitization while ensuring farmer compliance and productivity. The system is currently a closed system. It is being used by the International Fertilizer Development Centre.
MiPAD is a web-based platform that allows agro-dealers and enumerators to collect and distribute agro-input data using their mobile telephones. The data can be validated and processed on the platform and then disseminated to registered stakeholders on their mobile phones using text messages (called ‘short message service’ [SMS]). MiPAD also is used to profile agro-dealers by collecting their GPS locations, photographs of their shops and other relevant information.
“More West Africans have access to mobile telephones than to computers or the Internet, the MiPAD mobile phone application allows enumerators to collect and send real-time field data at any time and from anywhere.”
MiPAD was successfully tested and fully deployed in Ghana and Nigeria in 2011 and is currently being extended to eight additional ECOWAS countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Republic of Guinea, Senegal and Togo).