Small-scale farmers often lack good information on how to deal with problems from dry weather to treating diseases.
Local farming experts say a lack of internet service is an issue in some areas.
The We Farm network lets people ask a question by texting and receiving answers from other farmers.
Kenny Ewan of Scotland helped to set up the network in Kenya in 2014.
There she saw older, single, white women, who were often surrounded by young Kenyans.
“It was very easy to spot,” Klougart told Business Insider.
“Feed your cow with minerals rich in calcium,” one farmer wrote.
She told Louise that she was doing a story about love. Louise first began living in Kenya in 1997 when she went to work as a tour guide.When she woke up one morning in February, Catherine Kagendo saw one of her cows on the ground. She and her husband decided to seek advice from We Farm, a group of farmers who exchange text messages. Within an hour, she received suggestions on how to help the milk cow. Kagendo spoke to the Reuters news agency from her farm in eastern Kenya.He describes it as “the internet for people who do not have the internet.” The service is free to use and only requires a mobile phone.Farmers send a text message with their question to a local telephone number.That cut into her farm’s earnings and left her no better able to understand the diseases facing their cattle and crops. Kinyua says he uses We Farm at least 30 minutes each day.Bwika said small-scale farmers often lack the information they need because they have poor internet service and little money to spend. He says other farmers have taught him a lot of things, from protecting his crops to improving his watering system.We Farm also uses the information it collects to follow diseases and threats from extreme weather.It shares the information with government officials and non-governmental organizations. Farmer Mary Nkatha said it was difficult to act on some of the suggestions without an expert to help her.“If I am told to inject my cow with something, how do I make sure I do it in the right place,” she asked. ” Frederick Ochido is a Kenyan-based expert on dairy farming.He worries that We Farm may enable farmers to avoid technology instead of helping them.