An initiative of CTA, facilitated by the ARDYIS project

Plug and Play: Showcasing ICT Innovations for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems

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CTA, in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will organise a Plug and Play event in the framework of which various agricultural mobile applications and devices will be showcased. The event will take place in the framework of the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS 2016) at the ITU premises in Geneva, Switzerland, on 5 May 2016 between 09:00 and 12:00.

These applications and products have been developed and are operated by young entrepreneurs from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. Some of the applications have been developed through hackathons and incubations organised by the project “Agricultural, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society” (ARDYIS) which won the 2015 WSIS Forum Prize in the e-agriculture category. The applications to be demonstrated at WSIS facilitate access to agricultural finance, agricultural market, climate smart information, pest management, nutrition, and fighting food waste. Some of these apps are already impacting lives of thousands of farmers in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia.

Download the profiles of the Plug and Play demonstrators

Subsequent to the Plug & Play session, a panel discussion is set to take place from 15:00 to 16:30 on the theme “Accelerating ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship to promote youth livelihoods and sustainable development”.

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Innovate for agriculture (Report)

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Increasing agricultural productivity in developing countries and promoting youth employment and entrepreneurship are important recommendations of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) play an important role. Young entrepreneurs using ICT innovations are particularly suited to contribute to increased agricultural productivity and sustainability given their inventiveness, energy and capacity to take risks.

An increasing number of young innovative entrepreneurs in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are developing ICTs for agriculture solutions to support agricultural value chains, providing employment and livelihood opportunities.

To highlight ACP entrepreneurs’ important contribution and to emphasise the need for strengthening their endeavours, CTA, in collaboration with Ashoka‘s Youth Venture, has produced the publication Innovate for Agriculture.

The report introduces 30 innovators, 21 featured with full stories, and nine ‘innovators to watch’. Case studies include innovations from Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. Some of thhese applications and products have been developed and are operated by young entrepreneurs from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and USA – some through hackathons and incubations organised by the ARDYIS project

Read more: http://ardyis.cta.int/en/resources/publications/item/290-innovate-for-agriculture

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AgriHack West Africa now receiving entries: Apply!

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The Youth-Enabled Fish Farming ‪#‎AgriHack‬ (YEFFA) also known as AgriHack West Africa is now receiving applications from ICT innovators and developers who are based in one of the 3 focus countries: Nigeria, Benin and Togo, and are interested in working towards solving any of the persistent problems of the fish value chain in these countries.

For more details and to apply, go to http://agrihackwestafrica.org/

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Launch of the Fish Farming AgriHack in West Africa

New innovations continue to revolutionise the way we carry out fish farming. In an increasingly digital world, mobile solutions are also being called upon to tackle some of the challenges that the sector faces.
In line with this, the Youth-Enabled Fish Farming AgriHack (YEFFA) project was selected last year by CTA following the launch of its Youth call for proposals. The objective of the project is to use information technology to help solve challenges in the fish farming value chains in Nigeria, Benin and Togo. The initiative is led by Wennovation Hub (an ICT innovation centre in Nigeria) in collaboration with e-triLabs and Woelab (ICT innovation centres in Benin and Togo respectively) and the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND).

YEFFA is an adaptation of the AgriHack Talent Initiative that CTA has been championing, which aims to support ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by youth up to 35 years old.

For more information please here http://bit.ly/fish-agrihack

 

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Meet the winners of the Durban AgriHack Talent Challenge

The winners of the Durban AgriHack Talent Challenge, which took place from 28 November to 02 December 2015 in Durban in South Africa, were announced on 2nd December, at the closing ceremony of the Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture, African Edition (GFIA Africa).

For more information, go to event’s website http://durban-agrihack.ict4ag.org/

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Videos of the Finals of the AgriHack Talent Caribbean activity

Below you will find several videos of the Finals of the AgriHack Talent Caribbean activity.

The first video is a 7 min film on the overall activity. The other videos present teams of finalists, including winners, talking about their product and their experience of the activity. More will be shared in the coming days here. Watch this page! (more…)

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The Durban AgriHack Challenge is now open: Win cash prize and develop your career opportunities!

After the successful implementation of two editions of the AgriHack Talent initiative, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is pleased to launch the Durban Agrihack Talent Challenge! This event is organised in the framework of the Global Forum on Innovations in Agriculture in Africa (GFIA Africa) Conference, in collaboration with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).  AgriHack Talent encompasses a series of activities at the heart of which a national or regional hackathon competition is organised, including capacity building, entrepreneurship support in ICT and agriculture, promotion of the products developed and of best young Talents. (more…)

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Pest Contol Mobile Application, and Much More

Troy Weekes and Mortimer Seale shares the possibilities that their mobile application CropGuard can offer to address pest control and help farmers. While initially a pest control prototype, networking and brainstorming with communities have revealed a myriad of other uses that the application can fulfil.

Read more on the ARDYID website http://bit.ly/Cropguard-barbados

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The Future Google of Agricultural Land Information

Rose Funja explains how ICTs offer new opportunities for land management for farmers and entrepreneurs in Tanzania and everywhere. She developed with her colleague Grace a winning prototype now almost fully launched. She shares some of the lessons learned throughout this process.

Read more on the ARDYIS website  here http://bit.ly/Agrinfo-future-google

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MOBIS : aider les agriculteurs à accéder au crédit et à mieux gérer leurs finances

Il était une fois, dans l’Ouganda rural, un petit enfant dont la mère ne parvenait pas à cultiver pleinement son demi-hectare de terrain, faute de moyens. Aujourd’hui, David Opio est uni entrepreneur ambitieux. Ce jeune passionné des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC), s’attelle à améliorer les moyens de subsistance des paysans en Ouganda.

Trop de projets sont inventés dans des bureaux, à des années lumière des paysans et de leurs besoins. Face à ce constat, David et un ami, Gerald Otim, ont mis sur pied une initiative toute particulière. Ils ont commencé par étudier les besoins et attentes des petits producteurs agricoles, puis ont identifié les solutions existantes. La parfaite connaissance du terrain de David et de Gerald et leur compréhension des problèmes des zones rurales en Ouganda, leur ont permis de détecter rapidement les lacunes. Leur idée, simple mais efficace, fut celle de fournir un service novateur aux paysans, qui les aiderait à accéder au financement de manière adéquate par le téléphone mobile.

Une solution locale aux problèmes locaux

Ils ont ainsi développé leur solution – un système d’information facilitant l’accès au prêt et à la gestion de l’épargne pour les petits producteurs agricoles. L’application a été développée et est utilisée en collaboration avec les Coopératives d’épargne et de crédit (Saving and Credit Cooperative OrganizationsSACCO). Les SACCO se comptent par milliers en Ouganda. Elles encouragent l’épargne et accordent des prêts aux presque 18 millions de ruraux suscéptibles d’en faire demande. Cependant, leur impact est limité, notamment faute de technologies de l’information appropriées.

Des partenariats déterminants

Si l’idée du projet était bonne, les partenariats dont elle a bénéficié et qu’elle a généré ont considérablement aidé à sa réussite.

L’application a été développée dans le cadre du hackathon régional (AgriHack) organisé en 2013 par le projet « Agriculture,  Développement Rural et Jeunesse dans la Société de l’Information » (ARDYIS) du CTA, à l’occasion de la conférence internationale ICT4Ag  tenue à Kigali, au Rwanda. « Après avoir été nommés vainqueurs régionaux du hackathon, nous avons bénéficié d’une incubation de 6 mois chez Outbox, un incubateur TIC à Kampala. Nous avons aussi bénéficié de mentorat et du coaching de différents leaders du secteur », raconte David.(…)

Lire la suite ici:  http://bit.ly/Europa-ardyis

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