The core benefit of our Oracle Database is that it lets us convert data into information. This allows for intelligent decision making, ensuring every investment yields the greatest return. In our line of work, that means successful projects that will drastically improve the lives of the farmers and their communities, helping them to escape the poverty trap.
UT Grain Management (UTGM) is a risk management consulting company that serves the grain industry. With offices in South Africa and Mozambique, UTGM works with aid and financial organizations to provide rural farmers throughout Africa the training and resources necessary to overcome the food security and production challenges that plague the region.
While development projects in the rural regions of Africa are common, they are neither simple, short term, nor inexpensive. With most projects lasting from three to five years and costing hundreds of millions of dollars, access to project information and the ability to mine insights from them can mean the difference between a successful aid project and life-altering outcomes for entire communities.
In the past, UTGM sent trainers into the fields to gather information from the farmers about what crops were most successful, where, and which farmers had received what training. The trainers captured data manually in a spreadsheet and returned it to UTGM by mail or email. With such disparate and unreliable data capture methods, ongoing insights and analysis were elusive for UTGM.
We started scoping the product only about six months ago and we’ve made great progress. We already have a huge number of farmers on the database and can already start to evaluate these communities in terms of where additional skills are required, and where we should focus our time and investment.
Founded in 1999 by Dr. André van der Vyver, UT Grain Management (Pty) Ltd executes development projects in Southern Africa with a focus on increasing international competitiveness, intra-regional trade, and food security.
UTGM commissioned Oracle Partner APPSolve to design and develop the Farmer Master Database. Tasked with creating a system that was easy-to-use, flexible, and scalable, APPSolve leveraged Oracle technology to build a web-based system with local and cross-country hosting abilities. The system incorporates off-line data capture functionality to allow for varying bandwidth issues in the African market and features built-in data security and integrity functions. The successful project received the 2016 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award.