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This is the wiki site for all resources on digital agriculture in the Philippines.

Efforts and actions by the Philippine government

  • Centers/Offices
  1. Precision and Digital Agriculture Center (Established: May 2022; Central Luzon State University, Munoz, Nueva Ecija)
  2. Project SARAI, or Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines (DOST-PCAARRD 2021)
  3. SPICE - Smart Plant Production in Controlled Environments (DOST, 2018)
  4. Philippine Rice Research Institute
  5. Digital Rice Info Hub - The hub will include production planning, field data collection, documentation, and geotagging; monitoring, inventory, and distribution of seed reserve; seed source tracing; application and approval of accreditation and seed certifications; and report generation, among other modules and apps.
  6. Statistical Laboratory and Data Center (StatLab) and the PhilRice Data Analytics Initiative (RiceLytics) - This center provides up-to-date statistics on the performance of the rice industry is of big help for decision-makers and other players to implement the next key programs, research activities, and interventions. See here RiceLytics' Rice Data Analytics Dashboard).
  7. UPSCALE Innovation Hub - UPSCALE Innovation Hub, the pioneer innovation center of the Philippines’ premier state university, the University of the Philippines, supports tech-based startups, incubates and accelerates these ventures, and collaborates with various networks through academic research and design projects. Newly elected UP president Angelo Jimenez provided the welcome remarks and challenged the participants to push the boundaries of innovation. “I want crazy ideas. I don’t want you to be afraid of dreaming big. Please dance the dance of madness even if you find yourselves at the odds of circumstance and I will be here with you to give you my ideas,” he said. The B12 cohort, most of which have already demonstrated traction and acquired initial funding, focused on food-tech, agri-tech, sustainability, supply chain management, mental health, education and regenerative agriculture as its industries. Read about UPSCALE’s graduation event for its 12th batch in its Enterprise Incubation program - held in January 2023.
  • Projects and initiatives
  1. DSWD's Digital Mapping System/DMS (in partnership with FAO) - DMS will strengthen food security systems in the Philippines. The DMS will position farmers and local organizations as food suppliers for government programs and in disasters. “We envisioned to enhance the capacities of the community-based organizations and small-holder farmers, positioning them as frontline suppliers of food to government feeding centers and in times of crisis, such as during disasters,” Gatchalian said Wednesday. “Through this system, they can register with their available products that agencies and organizations can purchase and procure for their anti-hunger programs and food security initiatives,” he added. The DMS will also connect farmers to buyers or organizers of feeding programs.
  2. Philippine Rural Development Project Scale-up (2023-2029) - The development objective of the Rural Development Project Scale-Up Project for Philippine is to improve farmers and fisherfolk access to markets and increase income from selected agri-fishery value chains. The project comprises of five components. The first component, national and local level planning component (I-PLAN) will support the planning and refinement of strategies to guide and evaluate: (a) the effectiveness of investments under the project; and (b) their contribution to the agri-fishery sectoral transformation goals of the Philippine development plan (PDP) (2023-2028) and national agriculture and fisheries modernization and industrialization plan (NAFMIP) (2021-2030). It consists of following sub-components: (i) operationalization of the NAFMIP; and (ii) support to NAFMIP implementation. The second component, rural infrastructure, and market linkage component (I-BUILD) will finance the current and new types of public infrastructure subprojects covered under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). It consists of following sub-components: (i) value chain infrastructure support; and (ii) approaches for improving the effectiveness and sustainability of infrastructure investments. The third component, enterprise development component (I-REAP) will support implementing proponents, defined as legally established and registered farmer cooperatives and associations (FCAs), FCA clusters (composed of two or more FCAs which have bonded together to implement the enterprise), or local government unit (LGUs), which are selected according to the eligibility criteria as per the project operations manual (POM). It consists of following sub-components: (i) rural agri-fishery enterprise cluster productivity enhancement and increased access to markets; and (ii) increased competitiveness of agri-fishery enterprise clusters. The fourth component, project implementation support component (I-SUPPORT) will finance project management, technical assistance, studies, training, and capacity building for project staff during the project period. The fifth component, contingent emergency response component (CERC) will allow for rapid reallocation of uncommitted project funds towards urgent needs in the event of a geophysical, climate-related, or man-made disaster or public health emergency.
  3. RAPID Growth Project (Launched in 2019 by the Department of Trade and Industry) - the Rural Agro-enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) Project aims to intensify agro-enterprise development in the rural areas. The Project serves as support to the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) thrust, themed as Trabaho, Negosyo and Kabuhayan (TNK), to bring employment, livelihood and enterprises to rural communities and reach more farming households, cooperatives and microenterprises, anchored on the Value Chain Approach. The Project adopts a Whole-of-Government Approach (WGA) in the delivery of services – expanding economic opportunities, creating more agro-enterprises particularly in the rural areas, facilitating easy access to market and producers, technology financing, and other business development support services. See here more summary information on RAPID.
  4. Farm Konekt (Released in September 2022 by DOST-PCARRD) - Farm Konekt is an impact-focused and community-based farm management platform for inventory and management. It aims to create a sustainable clustered production of high-value and lowland vegetables through data-driven clustered and climate-proofed production among the smallholder farmers living below the poverty line. Read more about Farm Konekt here.
  5. Gul.ai Project (DOST, 2021) - The "Gul.ai: AI- and IoT-Assisted Small-scale Plant-growing System" aims to promote the fusion of agriculture science and ICT (Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things) among the youth through the implementation of an AI and IoT-assisted micro-scale plant-growing and monitoring system.
  6. e-Kadiwa (Released on July 2020 by the Department of Agriculture)
  7. Philippine Rice Information System (Established in 2018 by the International Rice Research Institute - PRiSM is the first rice monitoring system in Southeast Asia that uses satellite imagery and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). It generates information on planted rice area, yield, and rice areas at risk and affected by flood and drought. Read more about PRiSM here.
  8. PalayStat - PalayStat, an interactive web-based system that aims to provide easy access, was launched in 2014. It contains farm-level data of selected rice provinces acquired from the Rice-based Farm Households Survey (RBFHS), a survey being conducted by the Socioeconomics Division of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) every five years. With this platform, policy-makers, researchers, and the public can conveniently access RBFHS data with complete ease.
  9. Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA)(Department of Agriculture) - The RSBSA is an electronic compilation of basic information about farmers, farm workers, fisherfolk and agri-youth that serves as the basis for availing DA interventions. Read more about the RSBSA here: Assessment of the Targeting and Financing Aspects of the RSBSA-AIP (Socioeconomic Research Portal for the Philippines, November 2017).
  10. Techno Gabay Program (Established in 1998 by the Central Luzon Agricultural Resources Research and Development Consortium (CLARRDEC) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) - (a) to provide information and technology services in agriculture, forestry and natural resources via an effective mechanism; (b) to strengthen the link among the technology generators, technology servers and technology adopters; and (c) to complement the local government units’ (LGUs) and rural-based organizations (RBOs) efforts in providing information delivery and technology services. The TG program’s general objective is to promote an integrated system of technology promotion and commercialization. The four components of the program are: (a) Technology Packaging; (b) Technology Management Services; (c) Technology Management Support Services; and (d) Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.
  11. Agriculture Innovation and Technology Center and Incubator Farm (Implementing Agency: Provincial Government of Bataan) - The project aims to enable a large number of farmers to increase productivity, profits and to leapfrog into modern, innovative agriculture by providing agronomy and business outsourcing to farmers, facilitating financing and crop insurance to farmers, establishing on-farm working commercial demonstration sites to assist farmers in adopting technologies and investing in inputs, and assisting farmers in obtaining financing for buying agriculture inputs that are necessary to grow their crops.

Private/commercial groups doing digital agriculture

  1. AtoANI - AtoANI is a startup social enterprise that produces and distributes fresh produce through its own farm and partner farmers using a produce-to-demand agriculture model through its proprietary analytics recommendation platform, AtoANI i-CROP. It offers free delivery to its Individual and Corporate customers. AtoANI aims to influence more farmers as possible to be involved in sustainable farming practices through partnership with its produce-to-demand agriculture model or through leveraging the use of AtoANI i-CROP for data-driven agriculture to reduce crop wastage. Overall, AtoANI is on a mission to: deliver healthy products to customers on agreed delivery times in the most convenient way possible and implement a data-based produce-to-demand sustainable agriculture model to support farming communities.
  2. CleverHeat - CleverHeat aims to make refrigeration more accessible and affordable to farmers, fishermen and small businesses.
  3. Dream Agritech - Dream Agritech is a collective of Agriculturists from different fields. Our goal is help you turn your vision, your dream farm, into reality. Dream Agritech endeavors to aid in the increase of investment in the agriculture sector by providing quality farm consultancy services coupled with the dissemination technological advances in agriculture; making it accessible and available to anyone. This will enhance food security through the conversion idle lands into food producing parcels, whilst uplifting the marginalized agriculture sector to be recognized as a viable career path.
  4. eBlack&White - eBLACKANDWHITE AI aims to become a regional player when it comes to cognitive AI - Artificial General Intelligence in particular. We will bring the technology closer and beneficial to our kind. eBLACKANDWHITE’s AI will not compete with human from any fields anywhere at any time but rather it will amplify humanity to become better to itself, society and environment. We at eBLACKANDWHITE will make sure that the technology we develop is wrapped with moral compass.
  5. FarmJuan - FarmJuan is an agricultural management and consultancy company that combines technology and a multi-disciplinary approach to provide end-to-end solutions for farmers. They build and manage farms.
  6. FarmSmart (Started in March 2021 in Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro) - FarmSmart Farm aims to increase the income of smallholder farmers by creating a climate-smart farming ecosystem where rice growers use environment-friendly inputs to boost their produce while preventing damage to nature. PLDT and Smart also provided Farmvocacy access to the Smart Infocast platform which they will use to quickly send out information and instructions to farmers. Read more on FarmSmart: FarmSmart bridges generation gap to empower digitalization of agriculture in PH; Facebook Page of FarmSmart; Brand & Business: PLDT, Smart champion sustainable and technology-enabled farming in Occidental Mindoro.
  7. NXTLVL Agri Technology Inc - NXTLVL Agri Tech is a Philippine hydroponics technology company that develops modular hydroponic farms called “Farm Boxes” that can grow fresh vegetable produce virtually anywhere and in any climate, all year round.
  8. Kalsada Coffee
  9. Digital Farmers Program (Established in 2019 by PLDT/SMART) - DFP, which was launched in 2019, is a digital literacy training program developed by PLDT and Smart with the Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute to help increase livelihood opportunities in farming communities by introducing digital tools and mobile technologies.
  10. Casuga Integrated Farm School (CIFS) - Department of Agriculture-accredited Agricultural Training Institute that offers training to farmers on basic digital skills, among many other courses.
  11. Insight Supply Chain Solutions - Developer of Deliver-e.
  12. Agri-TIPS - "Knowledge is power." Agri-TIPS believes that accessible information is key to filling the gap between theory and practice in the agricultural industry. Everyday a farmer needs to make decisions. Decision must be based on facts. Agri-TIPS make these facts available and easy to use. Owns the Mango Pest Buster.
  13. Anihan Technologies - Provides a low-cost solution for Agribusinesses complete with real-time monitoring, tracking, and an early warning system in a single suite for Crop Quality Management. Hear Gillian Santos, CEO and Co-Founder of Anihan Technologies, speak about their mission, products and services.
  14. KITA.PH - In 2021, Kita was established as a modest supplier of fruits and vegetables to restaurants in Metro Manila. We supported local farmers by funding their agricultural inputs and directly purchasing their products for delivery to a variety of businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and food manufacturers. This streamlined approach eliminated the costs associated with traditional supply chain systems and ensured profits for farmers, while providing our clients with the freshest and highest-quality produce and ingredients. As a result, we quickly gained the trust of our clients and expanded our business from a small 20 square meter warehouse to a 1,600 square meter office and warehouse with a temperature-controlled facility in just one year.
  15. SPACECROP - SpaceCrop is an agricultural software company that helps farms manage irrigation and increase crop resiliency using satellite data and artificial intelligence. Read more about how SPACECROP helps smallholders in the Philippines save time and money.
  16. FarmVocacy - COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED SUSTAINABLE RICE FARMING. Support a rice farming community today! We are happy to offer a rice-subscription plan that allows the community, people like you, to pay our grower partners a little bit more for their harvest, encouraging farmers to make the shift to a more climate-smart, environment-friendly, and sustainable way of growing rice. Your upfront payment provides farmers seed capital, guaranteed market and fair price for their harvest.
  17. AGRILEVER - Our digital agronomy support provides ongoing advice on irrigation, planting, and harvesting to farmers’ mobile phones. The advice is based on weather forecasts, water stress, pest alerts, nutrient deficiencies, biomass coverage, chemical and fertilizer usage, spray timing, yield prediction for buyers, harvest plans for contractors, and access to historical data for the past three years. The support is tailored to each farmer based on their specific “DNA”. Farmers can also open a trouble ticket for additional advice using our self-service data bot.
  18. Harbest - Harbest Agribusiness Corporation was established in 1997, then as a distributor of high-quality hybrid seeds. From there, the various difficulties and challenges faced by the Filipino farmer were revealed to us, pushing our development of various products for each one. Today, our catalog of solutions include quality seeds for better productivity, agri-plastics for soil and seedling health, sustainable crop nutrition and protection inputs, climate-resilient greenhouse and irrigation systems, labor efficient machines like tractors and drones, and many more. With 8 branches and over 100 dealers and partners throughout the Philippines, we bring these products to Filipino farmers nationwide. Learn more about Harbest's irrigation technology that combines technology best practices from Israel, Italy, India, Malaysia and China.
  19. Plantacion de Sikwate - We are a non-stock, non-profit organization duly registered with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as Plantacion de Sikwate Cacao Producers Association, Inc. Our mission is to do continuous Research and Development, share the best practices in production, processing, profit making and sharing, engage in Human Resource Development and develop linkages and networking.
  20. Dream Agritech - Dream Agritech is a collective of Agriculturists from different fields. Our goal is help you turn your vision, your dream farm, into reality. Dream Agritech endeavors to aid in the increase of investment in the agriculture sector by providing quality farm consultancy services coupled with the dissemination technological advances in agriculture; making it accessible and available to anyone. This will enhance food security through the conversion idle lands into food producing parcels, whilst uplifting the marginalized agriculture sector to be recognized as a viable career path.

Non-profits advocating and implementing digital agriculture in the Philippines

  • Established in the Philippines
  1. Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines, Inc. (Established in xxxx) - CAMP stands for Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines, Inc. The initial members are men and women from agriculture, agribusiness, industry, academe, government, professional groups and international organizations. All are volunteers driven by a patriotic call to contribute their time,expertise and/or resources to champion agriculture modernization in the country. It is a SEC-registered non-stock and non-profit non-government organization.
  • Regional/Global focus with Philippines footprint
  1. Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in the Rural Areas (AsiaDHRRA)(Established in 1974)
  2. Asian Farmers' Association (AFA) for Sustainable Rural Development - Read AFA's "Inclusive Digital Transformation of Agriculture: A call for action from small-scale farmers in Asia."
  3. Asian Productivity Organization - Philippines (APO)(Established in 1961)
  4. FarmVOCACY (Established in 2019) - Farmvocacy was officially launched on November 29, 2019, to share with smallholder rice farmers a system of farming that would allow them to increase their yield while at the same time protecting the environment. The name comes from the two words “farm” and “advocacy” combined. We believe that farmers and consumers need to be advocates themselves to “use today’s resources while enriching it for the use of the future generation.” In that sense, Farmvocacy is centered around sustainable agriculture.
  5. Asian Institute of Digital Transformation (AIDT) - AIDT awarded the Digirati Distinction Award to the Bantay Palay App in 2023. AIDT fuels the growth of the digital economy by empowering organisations to leverage disruptive technologies to drive meaningful transformation and sustainable development. We are committed to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals related to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Standards.
  6. Grameen Foundation - Philippines
  7. IISLA Ventures - IISLA is a social enterprise that embodies holistic values and strong beliefs that collectively we can create an equitable world where people from diverse backgrounds and locations have the same opportunities. Our vision is sustainable prosperity for people in least developed nations. Our mission is to improve the lives of people in rural communities to mitigate migration whilst simultaneously protecting the environment and preserving local culture. We believe that if people in remote places live their dreams and aspirations without leaving their homes and families, many of the social and environmental challenges we face today could be eradicated.
  8. Access Agriculture - Philippines - Access Agriculture will be working with several organisations in the Philippines to bring their resources of effective farmer-to-farmer training videos in appropriate local languages. This will help family farmers with few resources improve their livelihood and make agriculture more resilient to climate change and other issues.
  9. SEARCA - SEARCA has embraced the rhythms of change. Its Tenth Five-Year Plan (FYP) has directed SEARCA to move away from "business-as-usual" strategy as it no longer suffices in coping with the increasing complexities, uncertainties, and nonlinearities of its constantly changing environment. The "new normal" conditions in Southeast Asia compels SEARCA and all of its key partners to initiate anew a paradigm shift towards accelerating transformation through agricultural innovation (ATTAIN) in its Eleventh FYP.
  10. Mayani - Empowering & Transforming Lives Through Technology. We envision a Philippines where smallholder farmers and fisherfolk lead better lives because of technology, community, and an overarching passion to cultivate positive impact. By building a sustainable pathway to market, MAYANI is able to boost rural incomes while strengthening access to affordable fresh produce for both households and commercial buyers. We now collaborate with the country’s largest supermarket chains, food brands, international hotels, food processors, and other institutional players in moving the Philippine agri-fisheries sector forward. Learn more about GCash and its "strategic bid with Mayani". In January 2024 whiskey maker Glenfiddich awarded 1million in grants to Mayani.
  1. Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) - Manila - RLS collaborated with Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group) in a research study (completed in November 2022) entitled “Cashing in on the Climate Crisis through Agricultural Digitalisation: Emerging Cases in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines” exploring how the climate crisis is being turned into an investment opportunity for financial actors, and how agricultural digitalisation is facilitating the commodification of climate into assets that can be traded.

Existing/Active Applications

  1. CROPITAL - Cropital is a crowdfunding platform that connects anyone to help finance our farmers. We aim to improve the income and productivity of our farmers through crowdfunding. Despite being an agricultural country, we are among the top rice importers in the world. Agriculture also contributes only 9% of the country’s GDP, while contributing to the majority of the country’s employment. This reality of the Philippine agriculture sector is baffling and unacceptable. Cropital exists to help solve these problems.
  2. GOEden - GOEden (ZION AGRICULTURAL VENTURES INC.) is an agritech startup born and bred in the Philippines. Incorporated in the middle of the pandemic, with limited activities due to regional lockdowns, GOEden has built its e-commerce backbone, secured our regulatory permits, and a network of suppliers and is currently offering over 1000 agricultural product brands, variants and varieties. This platform was built due to perennial problems encountered in the agriculture sector. We aim to create a consolidated and a more efficient agricultural supply chain in order for agrisupplies to reach even the most remote farming communities. We have been concentrating our operations in Luzon particularly in Central Luzon, province of Tarlac and looking forward to expand our reach within the next few years.
  3. Binhi E-padala (Released June, 2023 by the Philippine Rice Research Institute) - The Binhi E-padala app is a digitally-aided seed distribution mechanism established for faster and easier seeds distribution under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). Read more on Binhi E-padala here: Rice farmers laud digital seed distribution system (PhilRice, April 2022)
  4. The Mango Pest Buster (Released December, 2022 by Agri-TIPS).
  5. OneSTore PH (Released April 2022 by the DOST) - OneSTore.ph has six (6) components namely: oneSTore Express, oneSTore Hub, oneSTore Kiosk, oneSTore City, oneSTore Global, and oneSTore Vending Machine. Read more about OneSTore here.
  6. eDamuhan (Released January 2021 by the Philippine Rice Research Institute) - eDamuhan recognizes weed images and gives the descriptions and recommendations on how to control weeds. Farmers can browse its list of Philippine weed species, their scientific and local names, their impact on rice, and their recommended management.
  7. Bantay Palay App (Released in January 2021 by the Philippine Rice Research Institute) - The Bantay Palay App provides timely, reliable, and collaborative information on palay farmgate prices. The Bantay Palay app works by collecting current palay price data from verified providers, analyzing, and processing them into a text message advisory that is sent to rice farmers listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture.
  8. MOET App (Released in January 2021 by the Philippine Rice Research Institute) - The MOET App implements the the Minus One Element Technique (MOET) by computing the appropriate field fertilizer requirement for your rice crop or predict the rice yield of your own fertilization plan. It features a "Fertilizer Requirement Calculator (FRC)" that sets appropriate target yield and schedules the precise N-P-K-S.
  9. Leaf Color Computing App (Released in January 2021 by the Philippine Rice Research Institute) - The PhilRice Leaf Color Computing Application (PhilRice LCC App) can assess nitrogen status of the rice plant. The mobile app generates nitrogen recommendations in just under a minute based on the digital images of intact rice leaves photographed directly from the field. Get more information on the Leaf Color Computing App here: PhilRice free app shows right fertilizer for rice (Malaya, October 2023).
  10. Binhing Palay App (Released in January 2021 by the Philippine Rice Research Institute) - The Binhing Palay App offers a catalog of released rice varieties in the Philippines, helping the farmer decide the rice variety to be used.
  11. AutoMonPH (Developed by the International Rice Research Institute) - AutoMonPH has an irrigation advisory service so that farmers receive via SMS their farm’s water level information. It comes with advice on when it is time to irrigate. It also automatically sends data to a central database that can disseminate via SMS an advisory to the farmers’ association and irrigation system manager on which areas need water. Read more about AutoMonPH here.
  12. Smarter Pest Identification Technology (SPidTech)(Released: May 2021 by SARAI – an Android application which can be used to identify pests through face recognition protocols.
  13. Syngenta Tiwala App (Released: July 2020 by Syngenta) - The Tiwala App is the first end to end digital agriculture solutions designed to automate and customize your transactions with convenience, to give access to relevant information (on agronomy, products and price), and to enable you to a more productive, fulfilling, and profitable farming experience. There are currently two available apps, one is the Tiwala Retailer App (Orange) and the other is the Tiwala Grower App (Green).
  14. Farmer Link (Released in the Philippines in 2018 by the Grameen Foundation) - FarmerLink is a mobile solution for enabling coconut value chain in the Philippines. FarmerLink was created by the Grameen Foundation combines satellite data and farm data collected by mobile-equipped field agents to help coconut farmers increase productivity, deal with crop pests and diseases, and increase the sustainability of their farms. Due to disease outbreaks in some coconut provinces in the Philippines, the FarmerLink was initiated as it combines satellite data and farm data collected by mobile-equipped field agents to predict and detect threats from climate-sensitive pests and disease. The FarmerLink will send warnings over their mobile phones. This is an example of an early warning intervention. Read more about Farmer Link here and here and here.
  15. Nutrient Management: The Rice Crop Manager Advisory Service (RCMAS) (Released: November 2013 by Department of Agriculture in collaboration with many other Philippine government, international and local private and non-profit organizations) - Read more on RCMAS and how it is linking with another digital application called the "Agri-climatic Advisory Portal (ACAP)
  16. PalayCheck - PalayCheck is a dynamic rice crop management system that: a) presents the best key technology and management practices as Key Checks; b) compares farmer practices with the best practices; and c) learns through farmers discussion group to sustain improvement in productivity, profitability, and environment safety. Read more about PalayCheck here.
  17. Smart Infocast (Released 2015 by SMART) - Infocast lets you connect with your clients or community members through a complete, featured online-based platform. It offers an easy and convenient way of corresponding with others by sending broadcasts, providing secure information, and making content available for download, making these all possible with an easy interface and an available helpdesk feature.
  18. Remote Sensing-Based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging Economies (RIICE)(International Rice Research Institute and other partners) - Seasonal rice cultivated area and phenology are monitored along the entire season using data systematically acquired by satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems. Coupled with a rice growth model, such remotely sensed data predicts rice yield starting from mid of season, estimate yield at actual harvest time and regularly deliver updated information on the rice production situation. The service – operated by national partners after a know-how transfer phase – has been widely validated in the most diverse rice ecosystems with accuracy rates of around 90%. Collectively, RIICE monitored around 12 million hectares of rice cultivated land in Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, and Thailand. From the technological proof of concept stage, RIICE has been progressing to the implementation and upscaling phase by institutionalizing its technology solution with ministries and, in some countries, with insurance actors. The Philippines government for example has made substantial investment to move to a national-scale monitoring system which is based on RIICE technology, while insurers in the state of Tamil Nadu use RIICE technology for loss assessments after natural disasters within the governmental crop insurance scheme. With agreements with national ministries in place, the RIICE technology contributes to new rice insurance schemes, such as for example in Vietnam and Cambodia. In Vietnam, RIICE is being considered to be an instrumental data source for the national agricultural insurance scheme. RIICE technology is continuously evolving by integrating data acquired from new satellite systems, drone data, and by adapting and customizing the service according to countries’ and insurers’ specific needs. The standard product suite consists of: Baseline maps, i.e. Agricultural and rice area and rice ecosystem zoning; Seasonal area, seasonal phenology and bio-physical parameters; Seasonal yield forecast and yield estimation at harvest time; Flood and drought related rice damage maps.
  19. WeRise - Weather-rice-nutrient integrated decision support system - The Weather-Rice-Nutrient integrated decision support system (WeRise) Prototype is a computer-based decision support tool that provides quick advice to farmers, researchers, and extension workers on optimum planting time, variety to use, and amount and timing of fertilizer application in rainfed rice areas under current and future climate conditions. The Prototype integrates seasonal climate predictions (such as in Scale Interaction Experiment - Frontier Research Center for Global Change -- SINTEX-F) with crop growth models (such as ORYZA). WeRise simplified representation of the effect of weather, crop and nutrient management on rainfed rice systems. The project integrated the output of three research themes (development of seasonal weather forecast, rice genotype adapted to more drought and higher temperature, and nutrient management) for calibration and evaluation of the weather and crop models. Simulated rice growth and development of different cultivars and improved genotypes were compared with crop measurements under potential, water-limited, and N-limited production situations.
  20. Oryza Germplasm Management System (GEMS) - The Oryza Germplasm Management System is a relational database management system developed to document, manage, and centralize the large quantities of data of all germplasm conserved in the Genebank. This includes germplasm data on passport, morpho-agronomic characterization, grain quality, biotic and abiotic stresses evaluations, viability conditions, and seed inventories. The GEMS database maintains an accurate, reliable and up-to-date rice germplasm information, thus, facilitates ease and efficient of data search and retrieval for better access and use of germplasm.
  21. Farmer's Guide Map (Released in 2017 by the Department of Agriculture) - The Farmer's Guide Map is part of the National Color-Coded Agricultural Guide (NCCAG) Map. It identifies the agricultural areas that are naturally suitable to crops and overlays data on soil properties, elevation, slope, rainfall pattern, temperature and climate induced multi-hazards. The map also indicates the availability of water in an area, which could benefit in the proposal for solar-powered irrigation systems. Currently, there are 20 crops that have been identified by the NCCAG. These crops include abaca, banana, cacao, cassava, coconut, coffee, corn, garlic and onion, legumes, mango, oil palm, papaya, pineapple, rice, rubber, sugarcane, sweet potato, taro, vegetables, and yam.
  22. FarmHelp (Released in 2017 by the Department of Agriculture) - The FARMHELP is a phone application intended to assist farmers and fisherfolk from their complaints on their agricultural land and forward them to right experts 24/7. It also provides farmers information on the monitoring of the price in the market and provides weather forecast from PAGASA.
  23. Deliver-e (Released in 2020 by Insight Supply Chain Solutions) - DELIVER-e is a digital platform connecting Luzon farmers to buyers through an innovative, end-to-end electronic market system that addresses supply chain gaps during community quarantine. Through the DELIVER-e platform, which better links producers with consumers, farmers generate more income by selling fresher fruits and vegetables to buyers and less food goes to waste. Since its launch in early April, DELIVER-e has enabled sales of more than 156,000 kilograms of fresh fruits and vegetables through its first two e-marketplaces, Gulay ng Bayan and City Farms Philippines, and facilitated the movement of fresh produce to institutional and individual buyers in Metro Manila. DELIVER-e is part of a Php 900 million USAID initiative to advance the country's competitiveness and boost trade and investment, especially for micro-, small- and medium-size enterprises. Read more about Deliver-e here.
  24. AGRO-CLIMATIC ADVISORY PORTAL - BICOL (ACAP-BICOL)
  25. Climate Action Center - The Resilience Suite is a data and analytics software that provides wide-ranging tools to monitor and anticipate climate-related risks and natural hazards.
  26. Mastercard's Farm Pass - Farm Pass is part of Mastercard’s Community Pass digital platform, which connects people in the most remote and underserved communities to service providers, including banks, schools, healthcare providers, governments and international development organizations. With no consistent identification or credentials, onboarding and servicing people in the paper-only world of digitally excluded individuals is manual, inefficient and expensive. In Africa, Farm Pass has already helped nearly two million smallholder farmers access better prices and credit, with several million more users anticipated to join by the end of 2022 through partnerships with farmers’ organizations and agricultural co-ops. A new partnership signed in June with Ecobank will extend the program to its network of 33 countries across the continent. And last month, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, which partners with the private sector to finance solutions to critical challenges facing the developing world, announced it would provide up to $50 million in potential financing to partners in the Community Pass network, including financial institutions, agricultural and technology companies. Read more on Farm Pass here.

Smart agriculture devices available in the Philippines

  • Sensor Technology
  1. Smart Agriculture Sensors: Helping Small Farmers and Positively Impacting Global Issues, Too (Mouser Electronics)
  2. 4-in-1 Sensor System (Anihan Technologies) - IoT-based sensor system that monitors the environmental conditions that affect plant growth and crop quality in real time. AniTech offers High-Value Crop Farmers and Wholesalers a tech-enabled service for crop & storage quality management.

Examples of farms implementing digital agriculture

  1. Bukid Amara (Lucban, Quezon)
  2. DENSO Philippines Corporation Smart AgriTech Farm (Ibaan, Batangas) - The Ibaan farm serves as a showcase for the company’s ongoing research on automation & Internet of Things (IoT) in the local agriculture industry while producing quality vegetables and fruits. Denso Philippines, with its partner DENSO TECHNO Phils (DTPH) who provides software solutions, will further improve on the innovation and modernization of Philippine agriculture through a prototype testing of its Automation and IoT system. Firstly, it will be the Auto Dosing system dubbed as Autodose 1 which will be used to control and manage irrigation, nutrient and pH levels, as well as log data trends and set alarms when parameters go off the standard. The company intends for the system to be low-cost so it will be affordable to local farmers, especially those whose farm size is two hectares and below.

Publications, news articles, blog posts

  1. Digital Technology Adoption in the Agriculture Sector: Challenges and Complexities in Africa
  2. AMERICAN, PH FIRMS EXPLORE PARTNERSHIPS IN 1ST U.S. AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY TRADE MISSION TO THE PHILIPPINES (October 2023)
  3. Towards Sustainable Digital Agriculture for Smallholder Farmers: A Systematic Literature Review (Full-text available via the MDPI Open Access Journals: Gumbi et al, August 2023)
  4. Digital agriculture (The Manila Times, August 2023)
  5. ‘Digital agriculture' to boost food production (Philippine News Agency, July 2023)
  6. Smart farming in Bukid Amara and the Agri mentors (BusinessWorld, June 2023)
  7. THE PHILIPPINES’ ECOSYSTEM FOR TECHNOLOGY STARTUPS (Asian Development Bank, May 2023)
  8. Smart farming as a service 5G in PH agriculture: a transformation in waiting (Inquirer.Net, August 2022)
  9. Using Digitalisation for Smart Agriculture in the Philippines (Open Gov, November 2022)
  10. Harnessing digitalization for smart agriculture (Philippine Information Agency, November 2022)
  11. Tech Platforms for Farmers in the Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 2022)
  12. DA, Green Plus discuss smart farming promotion and marketing in Phl (Department of Agriculture, May 2022)
  13. Philippine Agriculture 4.0 (Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 2022)
  14. The Emergence of Disruptive Smart Farming Technologies in the Philippine Agriculture Under the New Normal (Full-text available via the International Journal of Progressive Research in Science and Engineering: Agustin, Alcaraz & Bristol, March 2022)
  15. How have smallholder farmers used digital extension tools? Developer and user voices from Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia (Full-text available via ScienceDirect: Coggins et al, March 2022)
  16. Smart agri tech available for small-scale farmers (Philippine News Agency, January 2022)
  17. An Overview of Smart Farming Production Technology for the Advancement of Home-grown Farmers in the Philippines (Full-text for request via ResearchGate: Yasay, May 2021)
  18. Digital Agriculture - How Can We Make It Work? (Philippine Rice Research Institute, June 2021)
  19. Project SARAI, or Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines (UPLB, 2021)
  20. A Review on the Status of Crop Production Innovations of the Philippines (Full-text available via Eurasian Journal of Agricultural Research: Cagasan & Dogello, December 2021)
  21. Smart Farming Innovations for Philippines: Strategies and Recommendations (Full-text available for download via ResearchGate: Matero & Matero, January 2020)
  22. AGRITECH-Agriculture 4.0-Eight essential things you need to know (Philippine Institute of Development Studies, September 2020)
  23. Philippines highlights rising role of digital agriculture at FAO Regional Conference (United Nations, September 2020)
  24. PHILIPPINES: Vibrant Agriculture is Key to Faster Recovery and Poverty Reduction (World Bank, September 2020)
  25. Precision agriculture in food production: Nutrient Management (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region, July 2020)
  26. Climate-Smart Agriculture Initiatives in the Philippines (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region, July 2020)
  27. From Seeds To Satellites - Revolutionizing Philippine Agriculture with Smart Farming (TESDA, 2020)
  28. Rethinking technological change in smallholder agriculture
  29. Digital Farming in the Philippines (Philippine Rice Research Institute, xxxx) -
  30. “Use of Blockchain Transactional Technology by Philippine Coffee Growers” — Kai Analytics, Yave.io, and Kalsada Coffee Awarded Grant by APF Canada (Medium.Com, February 2018)
  31. The Philippine Agricultural Innovation System at a Glance (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region, June 2017)
  32. Agricultural R&D in the Philippines - Policy, investments, and institutional profile (Full-text available via the International Food Policy Research Institute: Stads, Faylon & Buendia, 2007)
  33. AgriDOC (Released in xx.xx by PhilRice) - AgRiDOC App, which allows users to record day-to-day major farming and management operations and monitor rice crop growth. Using the app, users are able to quickly and easily keep track of their activities and expenditures. It has a geo-visualization feature which allows users to view and geotag their farms through satellite maps. The app also provides important information such as the primary needs and concerns of the rice crop for every crop age and growth stage, recommendations from the PalayCheck System. In addition, it gives comprehensive descriptions of released rice varieties, and links to rice knowledge banks and other tools and websites. AgRiDOC App works on Android devices, and is available in Google PlayStore for free. Read more about AgriDoc here.

Video/audio information

  • YouTube/Agriculture Vloggers (may not have direct information on digital agriculture but can be good platforms for dissemination of digital agriculture initiatives)
  1. Agribusiness How It Works by Buddy Gancenia (As of 2023-10-13: 993K subscribers; 1.3K videos) - Instruct. Inspire. Succeed. Instructional Videos. Success Stories. Market Linkage. We want millions of OFWs to be reunited with their families because opportunities are available in the Philippines.
  2. Benzone Kennedy F. Sepe (As of 2023-10-13: 29.1K subscribers; 214 videos) - Contains agricultural vlogs about apples planted in tropical Philippines.
  3. Dwight Tamayo (As of 2023-10-13: 112K subscribers; 225 videos)
  4. Raffy's Green Thumb (As of 2023-10-13: 42K subscribers; 60 videos)
  5. The Agrillenial (As of 2023-10-13: 172K subscribers; 204 videos)
  6. Bards Interno (As of 2023-11-21: 4.35K subscribers; 59 videos)
  • TikTok
  • Podcasts
  1. Dream Agrimedia

Events

  1. Lakbay Palay (by the Philippine Rice Research Institute) - More than a thousand farmers were encouraged to try the farming apps developed by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) during its farmers’ field day in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, March 29-30, 2023.
  2. The National Conference on Smart Farming 4.0
  3. Innovation Olympics - Read more about the the Innovation Olympics here.

Formal/Informal Networks, Push/Opt-In Information Sources

Such as: coalitions, groups, collabs, associations, mailing lists, messaging groups (Viber, FB, etc).

  1. Young Professional For Agricultural Development - Philippines Chapter (YPARD Philippines) - The Young Professionals for Agricultural Development – Philippine Chapter, also known as YPARD Philippines, is an international movement for professionals who are 18 to 40 years old. Along with its Global Coordinating Unit and international counterparts, operates as a network that aims to: · Facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge among Young Professionals (YPs) across disciplines, professions, age, and regions; · Broaden opportunities for YPs to contribute to strategic ARD policy debates; · Promote agriculture among young people; · Facilitate access to resources and capacity building opportunities.
  2. Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program (KAMMP) - The Kapatid Agri Mentor Me Program started last 2017 that Industry practitioners serve as mentors to provide guidance and assistance to equip farmers, fisherfolks, agricultural cooperatives or associations, youth, and agri-enterprises with the right entrepreneurial mindset, practical knowledge, and strategies that will help in expanding their agribusinesses.
  3. Philippines Digital Agriculture Community of Practice - Collaborations and Communications are key to help regenerative agriculture in the country leveraging global community!

Other stuff: upcoming, in-the-works, finalizing

  1. Five-year internship program to equip young Filipino farmers with smart farming technologies (Philstar, September 2022) - The Philippines has proposed a five-year internship program to equip young Filipino farmers with smart farming technologies. The proposed program aims to develop deserving young Filipino farmers to become smart farming leaders and empowered agricultural entrepreneurs and innovators through knowledge-exchange with Korean farmers and experts. It involves a season-long internship program in smart greenhouses and smart open farms in South Korea.
  2. DA-PhilRice seeks to further digitize RCEF seed distribution (PhilRice, November 2022)

Initiatives started but current operational status is unclear

(Reasons for "unclear" status: website offline and/or still awaiting inquiries made and/or mobile app is not available anymore for download)

  1. iFarms (Founded in 2015) - iFarms Inc. is a homegrown agritech company founded by young professionals who aim to dignify and revolutionize agriculture in the Philippines. iFarms develops and integrates technology into agriculture activities. It simplifies the access of farmers to the market while respecting heritage practices. Technology and innovation represent an opportunity to address the issues of the agricultural industry in the Philippines - such as loss of interest in food production, growing urbanisation and shrinking farmlands.
  2. Uma.PH - The UMÁ app is a mobile app that serves as an online agri-marketing tool for producers. With Umá, farmers get access to new market channels and can foresee the market demands, enabling them to coordinate their planting. Consumers can pre-order and pay for products directly via the Umá app. Farmers receive and process the order and send it to a designated Umá hub. From there, the order is picked up or delivered to the customer, following the highest food safety standards. Umá assists producers in selling products they haven't even harvested yet. Traditionally, it takes around seven to eight stages to get the harvest from a farmer to the consumer. We have reduced it into four. Read more about UMA.PH here and here.
  3. KROPS (Released in 2018 by Calata Corporation) - Krops is a digital marketplace where farmers can display their products for consumers to easily find what they’re looking for, whether it’s harvested crops or poultry. KROPS enables the farmers to market their own products and fix their own prices, ensuring that what they will get for their hard work is a fair and reasonable price.
  4. OneSTore City - The DOST launched last week the OneStore City app for Android users for their onestore.ph mobile and online store, to help entrepreneurs overcome the economic disruption from the coronavirus pandemic. The project is supported by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as Travellers International Hotel Group Inc. or the Resorts World Manila gaming and hotel unit of tycoon Andrew Tan under the umbrella of the PinasMunaTayo! Movement, which aims to promote local products and tourist destinations to help revive the economy.
  5. e-PRiMA - Enhanced Production and Risk Management in Agriculture Integrated Decision Support System (EPRiMA)