Technology is a force for good for Africa’s farmers

09-09-2019    18:50   |    Goedemorgen

From delivery drones to self-driving cars and chatbots, technology may be rapidly transforming the way the world shops, works and interacts. But in Africa, digitalisation is on the cusp of sparking a far more important revolution.

From delivery drones to self-driving cars and chatbots, technology may be rapidly transforming the way the world shops, works and interacts. But in Africa, digitalisation is on the cusp of sparking a far more important revolution.

Across a continent where 80% of food is produced by smallholder farmers, digital technologies and innovations are a game changer in transforming African agriculture.

Digital services that provide targeted advice, including weather information on mobile phones or link farmers to markets, are helping smallholders feed a growing population in the face of a changing climate while also attracting more young entrepreneurs to agriculture.

A new report, which surveyed the market in Africa for the first time, found more than 33 million smallholder farmers were already registered with agricultural-related digital tools and services.

And with annual growth of around 45% since 2012, digitalisation for agriculture (D4Ag) in Africa will likely reach all farmers on the continent by 2030 as more farmers adopt technology such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, drones and the Internet of Things.

Yet, digitalisation in African agriculture is still in its nascent, competitive stages.

"There is enormous potential for digitalisation to help achieve food security, nutrition and resilience to climate change in Africa." Michael Hailu Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

Click here to read the complete article at Euronews.

Photo Credit: SIPHIWE SIBEKO, REUTERS


Comments (0)

No comments found!

Write new comment

More news