BKTechouse partners with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to enhance ‘Smart Nkunganire System’

On 4 March 2021 at 12:14

BK Techouse Ltd, the digital innovative power arm of Bank of Kigali Group has announced a 3-year partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to scale and enhance Smart Nkunganire System (SNS), Rwanda’s national agro-inputs subsidy management system towards a fully integrated digital agriculture services platform.

Developed in 2017, SNS is a joint effort to digitize Rwanda’s national farmers’ input subsidy pro-gram, under a public-private-partnership arrangement between BKTechouse (a business subsid-iary of Bank of Kigali Plc.) and the Rwanda Agricultural and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB).

The platform targets end-to-end digitization and supply chain management of Rwanda’s Agro-Input Subsidy program which entails farmer registration and agro-dealer enrollment; farmer agro-input orders and demand aggregation; securing agro-dealer supply and stock management; and related business intelligence reports.

To date, the platform has registered over 1.2 million farmers, over 1,000 retail agro-dealers and over 30 fertilizer and seed (agri-SMEs) companies. Public sector entities and agents involved in subsidized inputs distribution program - including MINAGRI, RAB and local governance officers have access to, and use of, the platform.

According to a statement from BK Techouse, the BMGF partnership will enable BKTechouse further develop, build-out and scale the SNS platform as a country-wide digitally enabled, full-service, agriculture platform through which small scale producers (SSP) and smallholder farmers are able to access, and adopt, effective and affordable agricultural inputs, products and services.

Agronomists and agro-dealers during a training on Smart Nkunganire System in 2019.