REGION:

Sub-Saharan Africa

INDUSTRY:

Agriculture, Supporting Enterprises

The Client

Komaza is creating economic opportunities for small-scale farmers to serve industrial wood markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. The organization helps rural farmers grow trees as a cash crop, with the aim of using tree sales revenue to combat extreme poverty.

The Challenge

The Komaza field team’s previous data collection system was paper-based, which caused a number of logistical difficulties and made it hard to verify that field staff actually visited clients' farms. Komaza’s field “facilitators” also struggled with transcribing paper responses into a backend database resulting in it taking at least 3 weeks to generate reports with this data.

"The TaroWorks team took the time to understand our business model and then helped us design a mobile data management system that allows us to capture important data, recognize trends over time and allow us to become a more data-driven organization.

Ayesha Wagle, President

The Solution

Facilitators are now using TaroWorks in their regular visits to farmers to record tree growth and health data. With this information, management can spot disease patterns and offer additional training where tree growth isn’t at expected levels. Management also uses GPS tagging to improve field visit efficiency and reliability.

With TaroWorks, Komaza management is able to make better, faster data-driven decisions and form more meaningful connections with their clients. The Komaza team now has a system of alerts to know when its data is uploaded, allowing managers to see data in real-time, in order to provide faster solutions for farmers.

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