Everywhere we look, technology is being touted as the enabler of a new era of African agricultural prosperity. The exciting world of possibilities offered by blockchain, IoT, machine learning and the like have made companies, governments and policy-makers sit up and take notice of how such technologies can be applied to foster greater innovation, efficiency and economic and social progress.
But how should we as a continent approach the adoption of these technologies across the agricultural value chain – a process we commonly refer to as digital transformation – especially in an industry that the World Bank estimates employs two-thirds of the continent’s workforce and produce a third of its total GDP?
I would argue that quality data is the single most important building block toward establishing a smart agricultural sector for Africa. Read more