Verstegen Spices & Sauces B.V.
Akvo, ICCO, VanderSat, IPB, Balittro en PT CAN
Indonesia: Bangka-Belitung, Kalimantan en Lampung

The SpiceUp-project provides geo-information to support 100.000 Indonesian pepper farmers. They use the information to improve the quality and increase the quantity of crops. In turn this leads to a better income security, food security and optimizes the use of water, fertilizer and pesticides.


The challenge

The challenge lies in providing reliable and sustainable information services. Indonesian pepper farmers need accurate information on the weather forecast, availability of water and the risk of pests and diseases. Within this project we need to prove the added value of the information service. We need to promote the application and find a business model to sustain it.

Our solution

Our SpiceUp-consortium partners collect data on the weather, soil moisture, soil nutrients, plant pests and diseases and traceability. Various methods and techniques are used to collect this data, from ultra modern satellite images to traditional soil sampling. From this geodata we gain insights to the suitability of land for growing pepper. To the farmer we offer information via the smartphone application. It includes general tasks, but also warnings (e.g. for waterstress) and measures to take. Next to the information to farmers we offer dashboarding solutions to suppliers of fertilizers and financial institutions. 

“We are proud to support farmers in becoming entrepreneurs.”

Marianne van Keep – Director of Sustainability

The outcome

We bring all sorts of data together in the Lizard platform. On the software platform applications in the form of dashboard and a smartphone application have been developed. With this we answer questions such as:

– Under which conditions has my pepper been grown?

– What is the financial position of the farmer in relation to his/her micro-credit financing?

– What are the local and regional needs for fertilizers?

– What is the suitability of a plot to grow pepper?

– In which locations is irrigation of drainage frequently advised?

– Which pepper farmers can improve their protection against pests and diseases?

For more information please visit the SpiceUp project website.

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