The overall response from farmer communities to digital solutions was very good. HRNS therefor conducted a survey in the current project regions Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Indonesia, Brazil, Guatemala and Honduras to find out about the status of digital readiness in the communities.
“It shows that they are ready for digital trainings and want them. Access to hardware is also good and growing. With additional investments, digital trainings can be further rolled out efficiently and remaining problems in accessing digital content can be tackled,” says Tobias Voigt, HRNS M&E Coordinator.
“Still, farmers face problems to access the internet with their smartphones. Biggest concerns are network quality and internet bundle prices,” says Voigt.
HRNS’ digital reaction to movement and contact restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic showed that the digital readiness of project beneficiaries is high throughout all age groups. HRNS believes that this is the momentum to increase investments into digital trainings and support solutions for smallholder families. It is an important step for the extension work of the future.