Digital Subsidies using Biometric Identity


The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in a West African nation needed to strengthen security, reduce corruption, and improve delivery of agricultural vouchers to subsistence farmers. However, most of the target segment lived off-grid with neither mobile data nor electricity and possessed limited identity documentation.


This program, implemented with the support of a major development agency, led to the creation of a system of biometric-based contactless identity cards and solar-powered mobile tablet applications that maintained data integrity in an off-line environment. Dashboards of historical data, backed up by a comprehensive data warehouse and flexible reporting tools, improved monitoring and decreased fraud. In eight weeks, the programme registered more than 500,000 subsistence farmers and delivered USD$19 million in life-changing agriculture input subsidies.

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