- digital networks
- formal agricultural value chains
- their livelihoods
- digital innovations
- SMS advice services
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- Digitalising agriculture
In this issue
"Large-scale irrigation presents several benefits"
Karim El Aynaoui, managing director of the Policy Center for New South (PCNS) and member of the Malabo Montpellier (MaMo) Panel, explains what Africa can gain from effective irrigation policies and programmes.
Protecting pastoralists and ending food insecurity
Faced with increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, food security and livelihoods in Africa can be improved by using climate-smart methods to promote crop and livestock production.
Les zones rurales, terres d’accueil et de départ
Conçu en lien avec les villes, le développement des zones rurales peut bénéficier à toutes les populations et tirer profit des migrations. L’agriculture joue un rôle essentiel.
Nigerian smallholders farm smart with soil data
by Oluyinka Alawode and Sophie Reeve
Advanced sensory technology is connecting smallholders in Nigeria with information about their soil health, helping to take the guesswork out of farming.
Irrigating Mozambique’s vulnerable south
by Sam Price
A climate-smart agriculture initiative is boosting the productivity and food security of Mozambique’s smallholders by providing climate resilient farming infrastructure.
Digitalising East Africa’s border control
Cross-border trade in East Africa has never been more efficient with the introduction of centralised digital systems that can be accessed by authorities across the region, to monitor the journey of goods and ensure all the necessary documentation is available.
“Every intervention I undertake is gender responsive”
Faith Milkah Muniale discusses her involvement in the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellowship, and her work with indigenous Kenyan communities.
Investing in women’s leadership skills
Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), discusses the importance of gender responsiveness and building women’s confidence across the agricultural sector.
Mobile app automates agricultural contracting in Zimbabwe
A credit rating app is enabling Zimbabwean small-scale farmers to build up credit profiles, helping them to compete in the market for finance.
Gender equality: Ag-tech’s potential to boost women’s empowerment
by Tiana Cline
Digital technologies are revolutionising agricultural value chains, providing improved access to inputs, finance, markets and weather information. With the right policies and programmes in place, agricultural digitalisation has the potential to facilitate women’s economic empowerment.
Irene Ochem: Using technology to bridge the gender gaps in agribusiness
Founder and CEO of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), Irene Ochem, explains how CTA’s VALUE4HER programme will harness digital technology to support women in agriculture.
Uganda: Lawyers go digital to reach women farmers
For less than €1, women farmers in Uganda are accessing legal advice via their mobile phones. The SMS service, driven by an all-female team under the leadership of Hellen Mukasa, helps women to realise and defend their rights, particularly in regards to land ownership.
Ghana: Digital vaccine delivery service
Livestock farmers in rural Ghana are receiving veterinary services delivered to their door at the tap of a finger when they register with Cowtribe’s app.
Blockchain builds trust in agricultural commodity trade
Distributed ledger technology promises to help plug a trust gap in agricultural commodities trade and finance, with new platforms offering farmers a bigger pool of buyers for their harvests.
Kenyan mobile platform matches supply with demand
by Bob Koigi
To reduce fragmentation in the produce market, a mobile-based platform is supplying vendors in Kenya with fresh fruit and vegetables and providing a steady market for smallholders.
Agriculture – a keystone for sustainable development
In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, small-scale farmers in developing countries must be involved in the transformation of agri-food systems.
The sweet smell of success in Madagascar
Mihanta Malala Randriantsoa, the owner of a spice and essential oil export business, is a firm believer in upskilling local staff and suppliers, and her strategy has paid off.
Mali ramps up mango export capacity
by Vincent Defait and Soumaila Diarra
To help reduce significant mango post-harvest losses in Mali, fresh fruit packing and cold storage facilities have been established in the country.
Enhancing water management in Kenya’s drylands
by James Karuga
Across sub-Saharan Africa, an integrated development programme is implementing land and water management interventions to enhance productivity and food security.
Increased demand for Kenyan dairy products
By providing financial and technical support to dairy farmers in Kenya, a local agribusiness is diversifying its product line whilst enabling farmers to expand their operations.
Wild turmeric turns a trade in Belize
In Toledo district, farmers are earning three times the going rate for their turmeric by supplying a local processing company to produce the world’s first ‘wildcrafted’ whole root turmeric paste.
Access to digital innovations – from SMS advice services to digital networks that connect women in agribusiness – is enabling women to participate in formal agricultural value chains and improve their livelihoods.