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Publication | 13 April 2021

The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report 2018-2019

In agriculture, digitalisation could be a game changer in boosting productivity, profitability and resilience to climate change. An inclusive, digitally-enabled agricultural transformation could help achieve meaningful livelihood improvements for Africa’s smallholder farmers and pastoralists. It could drive greater engagement in agriculture from women and youth and create employment opportunities along the value chain. There has been significant growth in digitalisation for agriculture (D4Ag) over the last ten years. In 2019 both the European Union-African Union Task Force Rural Africa Report (TFRA) and the Communiqué from the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) highlighted the power of digitalisation in transforming agriculture. However, despite growth, progress towards D4Ag has been somewhat slow to serve the smallholders that produce 80% of Africa’s agricultural output. Nevertheless, the opportunity is there. Agriculture is expected to be a trillion-dollar market by 2030, ripe for innovation that will drive greater efficiency, sustainable increases in productivity, yield and income.