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   KMDP mobile market finder
Created Date: 10/1/2009 11:20:07 AM
Country: Kenya
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Thematic Website, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement
Status: In use
License: Open Source
Product Type: Software - Mobile
Target Users: KMDP mobile market finder is aimed at Kenyan farmers and other market participants.
Developer Name: ACDI/VOCA
Product Url: http://www.acdivoca.org/acdivoca/portalhub.nsf/ID/kenyaKMDP
System Requirements: In order to use KMDP mobile market finder, users need a mobile phone.
Description: A major problem for smallholder farmers in Kenya is lack of access to timely and accurate market information. To address this problem, Kenya Maize Development Programme (KMDP) has established a network of market information centers that serve as locations for prices and trade information within local and regional markets. Through these market information centers, buyers are able to post purchase bids while farmers can review offers and sell their stocks to willing buyers.

Farmers can access the market information gathered at the market information centers either by sending text messages on their mobile phones. To access the market information by mobile phone, they need to send text messages including the commodity and the market information center of interest. Instantly they will receive the latest. The mobile phone network works in concert with radio and newspaper coverage of market rates.

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