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In Africa, tech-savvy entrepreneurs sow seeds of a farming revolution

December 13th, 2018 / UN Environment, Kenya

From invaluable farming advice shared via text message to livestock vaccines delivered when and where they are needed thanks to a mobile phone service, agri-tech and precision farming are changing the face of agriculture across Africa.
This transformation is an urgent imperative. With global warming threatening harvests, and the world’s population …

How mobile phones are helping farmers grow bigger harvests

November 28th, 2018 / Gates Notes

Philanthropist Bill Gates writes:
Whenever I travel to rural parts of the world, the farmers I meet talk about one thing that holds them back: they can’t save their money.
They don’t mean they spend more than they earn. They mean that, literally, they don’t have a safe place to put their …

Technology helping East Africa unlock agriculture potential

April 13th, 2018 / East African Business Week

Information technology is being utilised more than ever to improve agriculture in East Africa.
The sector is responsible for 83.9% of imports and 80% of total employment in Ethiopia alone. Technology-led transformation promotes good business practise and encourages farmers to work collaboratively.
On a larger scale, aerial images from satellites, weather forecasts …

Tech access could save women farmers’ time in farms

August 16th, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

According to researchers, women shoulder the bulk of household responsibilities and are food producers in Africa, thus making them spend more time working on the farm. The researchers highlighted the need to address women farmers’ challenges during the launch of the scaling up of post-harvest management innovations for grain legumes …

Making tech available to smallholders to boost growth

August 6th, 2016 / SciDev.net

Agriculture is the backbone of Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy, with many countries depending on it heavily, a reason many development institutions are investing in the sector. This rhymes well with AU’s agriculture goals of shared prosperity and improved livelihoods to be attained by 2025 as stated in the Malabo Declaration on accelerated …