Young innovators in Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific region, have recognised the need for creative solutions to raise agricultural productivity and the huge prospective market for their ICT-enabled services in agriculture. Although they still face many challenges, their products have the potential to transform agricultural value chains in developing countries.
AfriLabs is the network of innovation open spaces and support organisations across Africa. Read the interview with Michael Oluwagbemi, co-founder and executive partner at LoftyInc Allied Partners and operator of the Wennovation Hub based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Countries could see economic growth in e-agriculture when the private and public sectors are aligned to create a climate that fosters innovation. Some lessons can be learned from the Caribbean and Latin America on creating a healthy ecosystem for ICT start-ups in agriculture.
Ignitia has developed a disruptive technology that allows smallholder farmers in West Africa to access accurate weather predictions. Engaging with local partners and initiating reliable impact measurements were key factors to gain trust and scale-up the business.
Social entrepreneurs in Africa have developed innovative ICT-enabled models for agriculture with the aim of combining profit with inclusive rural development. Their main challenges are scaling-up and earning an income while serving the poorest rural communities.
By Festus Oluwadamisi Okunlola and Adetola Adenmosun
Major challenges to e-agriculture are the high cost of acquiring the skills and the tools, and the level of reluctance shown by farmers in adopting innovations.
By Louis Agbokou Technology hubs give young innovators and entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to develop their products and services and to make them marketable. The lack of awareness about the opportunities that e-agriculture has to offer, is one of the main obstacles to succeed.