Two companies from the region have been rewarded for formulating digital solutions to the invasive fall armyworm.
Farm.ink, a Nairobi-based start-up, took the top prize of $150,000 for the most viable way to combat the pest, which has had devastating effects on maize farms in Africa. Farm.ink integrated a Fall Armyworm Virtual Advisor into its Africa Farmers Club mobile service.
Ugandan agricultural technology company Akorion won $75,000 for an enhanced fall armyworm diagnostic in its EzyAgric app EzyArmyWorm.
The Feed the Future Fall Armyworm Tech Prize was launched in March, and awards digital innovations that help farmers manage the spread of the pest.
The US Agency for International Development, Land O’Lakes International Development, and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research announced the winners at the AfricaCom conference in South Africa on November 10. Six winners were awarded a total of $450,000. Read more