Monthly Archives: June 2014

AgriHack Initiative: learning and follow-up workshop, 11 to 12 July 2014

In 2013, the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) organised a pilot regional hackathon in collaboration with institutions such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MyICT) of Rwanda and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Young aspiring entrepreneurs from East

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Crowdfunding offers kickstart for hackathon champions

As a young man growing up in a farming household in rural Uganda, Opio Obwangamoi David often asked himself a question: “How could agriculture, a sector that employs 80 per cent of Uganda’s population and feeds every household, be so sidelined in the national planning process?”  In 2012, with a degree in economics and a

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Farmer finance tool sparks investor interest

A Kenyan ICT4Ag application showcased at the regional finals of the CTA Agrihack Championship has proved a winning idea, with commercial potential.   Farmdrive, a platform that connects farmers and lenders, has attracted the interest of a Japanese investor, who was present at the hackathon, held in November 2013.”He approached us at the event and

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Hackathon launches apps for agriculture

Poor access to credit and savings, uncertainty about which fertiliser to use, difficulties in attracting capital and ensuring efficient farm management – these are some of the most intractable problems facing small-scale farmers in ACP countries, so addressing them can make all the difference between success and failure.An event organised by CTA and partners to

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ICT4Ag Hackathon – Springboarding young agricultural developers to new horizons

In November 2013, Gerald Otim of Ensibuuko and Peris Bosire of FarmDrive were two of the 20 participants competing in the first ever regional agri-hackathon. Fast forward nine months to July 2014, and these two are back at CTA’s 2014 international conference, Fin4Ag, but this time they are as part of Plug & Play Day and as speakers in the

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Videos on the Finals of the AgriHack Championship

A six minute video presenting the various activities held at the Finals of the AgriHack Championship, including the pitching session of young developers and the prize giving ceremony.

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