Africa’s digital transformation is underway, creating opportunities for the continent to leverage the potential benefits of digitalization for agriculture, particularly smallholder farmers. This report looks at seven African countries...
Today’s fast-evolving information and communication technology (ICT) represents a tremendous opportunity for rural populations to improve productivity, to enhance food and nutrition security, to access markets, and to find employment opportunities in a revitalized sector.
Chapter 1 provides an overview of the status quo of digitalisation in Africa, presents insights into the opportunities and challenges arising from ICT4Ag solutions, and introduces ICT’s potential to empower the rural population with a specific focus on rural young people and women.
The case studies presented in this chapter 2 have been selected from the German development portfolio, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and fall under one of the following eight categories:
Extension services, productivity, learning, capacity development
Market price systems, commodity exchange, trading
Value chain/farm/herd management
Diagnostic and collaborative tools, early warning, weather
Finance, payments, insurance
Data collection, GIS, field survey, monitoring and evaluation
Farmers’ voice, lobbying, advocacy
Chapter 3 details the lessons learned from the implementation of 52 different ICT4Ag solutions, which formed part of 29 GIZ projects operating in 34 countries. While most of the examples are from the sub- Saharan region, a few are also from Asia and from India in particular.
Chapter 4 is aimed at agricultural advisers, managers and planners and looks at how they can best implement user-centred, sustainable ICT4Ag business models.
As citizens of the world, we are all facing an extraordinary challenge. In the year 2050, an estimated 9 billion people need to be fed. Every single...
India has a growing agri-tech industry disrupting the agriculture, accounting for just 400 of a total 9,000 ICT-based start-ups.
Small-scale producers make up the...