Investment Mapping System
Nautilytics, LLC was engaged by CARANA Corporation, lead implementer for USAID - Financing Ghanaian Agricultural Project (USAID-FinGAP), to create a dynamic mapping software application to serve as a due diligence tool for investors and other financial intermediaries as well as farmers to leverage as a means of stimulating growth and public and private sector investment in the country's agrarian sector. The resulting "Investment Mapping System" (IMS) merges geographic information systems (GIS), data analytics, and econometric modeling to produce a dynamic visualization of northern Ghana to forecast not only the growth in crop production of maize, rice and soybeans, but as importantly to project when, where and how much of an investment in the agricultural value chain will be needed to support that growth.
As a web-based application, the IMS is accessible in even low-bandwidth regions, and allows users the opportunity to use crowdsourcing to add specific feedback/comments either in-app or via SMS text (see Contact Us section) to ensure that all data are consistently updated to accurately reflect the most currently available information.
For an in-depth overview of this application, please download a PDF of the User Manual.
|Agri-Input Company: a business (size ranges from corner shop to corporation) that sells inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides as well as small tools to farmers. May also provide advisory services on the use of these inputs.|
|Business Advisory Services (BAS) Provider: a professional services firm that provides business planning, finance, management, and marketing support to agribusinesses.|
|Irrigation Site: an area with facilities for holding and distributing water for irrigation year-round.|
|Mechanization Center: a center where farmers may hire and seek repairs to agricultural equipment.|
|Haulage Station: a designated location where small, medium, and large trucks dock to receive and/or deliver agricultural produce for market.|
|Processing Facility: a site where agricultural produce is converted from its raw state into a state ready for either human consumption or further processing as an input. For example, maize may be processed and then purchased for further processing into poultry feed.|
|Warehouse: a building for storing agri-inputs, raw materials, farm produce, semi-finished and finished products, agricultural machinery and spare parts as well as non-agricultural products.|
|Tractors: a mechanized vehicle for farm activities including land clearing, ploughing, planting, agrichemical spraying, harvesting, and transport of produce to next destination.|
|Financial Institution (FI): organizations that provide financial intermediation to a wide spectrum of businesses including agribusinesses located in the project’s Zone of Influence. These include equity and impact investors, commercial banks, rural and community banks, cooperative credit unions and financial NGOs.|
|Commercial Farm: small, medium and large scale farms producing food and non-food crops, as well as farm animals, for sale on domestic and international markets.|
Your input and feedback will help us to improve this software over time. Please let us know what you think by filling in our survey and letting us know your thoughts.
If you have other feedback and want to contact the team, please contact us with the following form:
To send a text message with details of new or updated infrastructure, please send a text message to +233 505 551 190