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Africa needs new ‘alliance for digitalisation’ of agriculture

New digital services designed to boost African agriculture could reach 250 million farmers by 2030 but only with coordinated efforts across the continent, the African Green Revolution Forum heard. Investment into digital innovations has so far been piecemeal across sub-Saharan Africa, achieving only six per cent penetration, according to a recent report by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Dalberg Advisors. But new tools aimed at smallholder farmers, such as mobile advisory services or online market platforms, could transform food production across Africa with the support and guidance of…

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Small African businesses now driving growth in Agriculture

A report published this week finds that millions of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) source directly from millions more smallholder farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa. These SMEs, often women-led, include food processors, wholesalers, and retailers. SMEs provide a range of services, from transport and logistics to the sale of inputs such as fertilizer and seed to farmers.  Their activity is driving a “Quiet Revolution” across African agriculture, connecting smallholder farmers to commercial markets at an unprecedented rate. The report finds that, overall, only about 20 percent of the volume of food…

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Agricultural producers win 2019 Africa Food Prize

Two exceptional professionals, who are both at the same time successful agricultural producers have been announced as the joint winners of the 2019 Africa Food Prize. Dr. Emma Naluyima, a smallholder farmer and private veterinarian from Uganda, and Baba Dioum, a policy champion and agricultural entrepreneur from Senegal were recognized for their remarkable achievements in demonstrating and promoting innovative and sustainable growth in Africa´s agriculture through improved resource use and market links. Rather than pursue a promising institutional career, Dr. Naluyima quit employment to become a farmer, transforming her one-acre plot into…

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