BovControl Builds Application That Helps Rural Farmers

BovControl is a company that is trying to help farmers in Brazil, the United States, and around the world to reduce hunger. They are trying to do this by helping farmers maximize meat production.

 

This company that is only five years old was started by Danilo Leao. He began farming and taking care of the land that his family owned by tracking farm animals. He tracked them with a spreadsheet and ear tags manually. The BovControl application makes it easier for farmers to speed up production in meat and dairy on farms.

 

To use the application the farmer must put the cow’s vital statistics into the data base. This means birth date, vaccinations, medications, and weight. When information is entered offline it is saved and later uploaded to the cloud. This app allows users to log information in with the technology they have available from ear tags to Bluetooth collars that record information instantly.

 

The application eventually analyzes the information entered and makes predictions about the cow. The BovControl app can predict the date of the birth of a calf if the cow is pregnant, or tell the farmers when a cow is not producing as much milk as it should. A farmer can then decide whether to keep or remove the cow from the herd.

 

The app runs better with up to date technology. When the farmer uses a Bluetooth connected device it can sync up faster and provide more detailed information. It can keep track of a cow’s weight so that a farmer knows when its ready for slaughter or should be sold. It is used on farms all over the world.

 

The applications was first used in Brazil. It changed the way farmers collected data and made decisions about their livestock. Most farms that use this app are small to medium in size. The base of users continues to grow every year. When the company first tried to introduce the app in Brazil in 2015 it was hard to find qualified applicants to work for the company. That was because most Brazilian wanted to work for a larger company.

 

When the company started they had 10 employees now they have 16. They recently signed a deal with Alianca da Terra a nonprofit that certifies sustainable farms in Latin America. They are building an app using BovControl platform that let’s dairy farmers analyze the history of their milk sales. BovControl continues to expand its business around the world.

 

The International Fund for Agricultural Development Fighting Proverty

According to a story originally published in theHuffington Post, there are 65 million forcibly displaced people in the world. This is a record high. Over 39 percent of those people live in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Many of those who are most severely hurt are farmers or come from small rural communities.

The United Nations established the International Fund for Agricultural Development in 1974. The results of this program have been amazing. The program works in depressed areas around the world to build sustainable farm systems, boost rural economies and establish financing options.

One area where the organizations has been particularly active lately is in Jordan where they have addressed the Syrian refugee crisis in a country that is in danger of even having the Dead Sea dry completely up. They have helped those communities hosting refugees to improve their farming techniques. They have especially concentrated on teaching local residents to improve the quality of the soil and to conserve water. They have taught host families to raise sheep and poultry. They have also helped establish greenhouse vegetable growing. Furthermore, they have helped women develop marketable skills that were not reliant on farming.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development has also helped refugees. They have helped them find economic opportunities in the host country. The fund has especially worked with young people to help them develop marketable skills. The program is becoming self-sustaining because the refugees can borrow loans, and then pay the loans back from their earnings. Once the loan is paid back, many continue to make payments so that others can borrow from the fund.

Jordan is not the only country where the International Fund for Agricultural Development is active. While the fund is active worldwide, it is especially active in 35 low- and middle-income countries and territories in the Middle east and North Africa. There are over 442 million people living in this area. Almost 42 percent of them live on less than $1.25 US dollars a day. In Syria alone, the fund has spent over $154.2 million on eight projects designed to encourage refugees to stay in the country, learn better skills and to be able to raise animals and vegetables to provide for their families.