The project “Scaling digital agriculture innovations through start-ups” (SAIS) supports Africans going into business in the agricultural and food sector in scaling their digital innovations and thus reaching out to a larger number of users. The scaling potential of the innovations and their positive impact on income are important criteria in selecting the start-ups.
Agriculture is recognized as a critical enabler of economic growth in developing countries, thus, the importance of agriculture towards national food security, import substitution and job creation cannot be overemphasized. For Nigeria to move closer to unlocking its full agriculture potential, the value chain have to be identified, mapped, prioritized and digitized. For Africa to feed her teeming population, farmers must produce as much per acre as it can, decrease the threat of crop failure, decrease operational costs, and sell crops for the maximum value possible. This necessitates, among other things, digitally managing of input resources like fertilizer, water, and…
This blogpost is a follow up of ACHIEVING QUANTUM LEAP ON FOOD SAFETY IN NIGERIA LEVERAGING ENABLING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES Co-ops, farmers and agri-food supply chain presently rely on paper-based records, verbal promises and complicated agreements; this frequently causes critical problems due to lack of transparency, restricted access to data or price barriers to this data, graft and corruption. With rapid urbanization, cities need to keep food safety and sustainable food systems planning high on their agenda. Today, half of the world’s population lives within three hours of a small city and town or on only three percent of the Earth’s…
Nigeria is expected to be the 3rd most populous country in the world by the end of the century, according to the UN. Over 50 million urban Nigerian dwellers demand more information about food, reflecting the need for more transparency. Globally, over 420,000 people die and some 600 million people – almost one in ten – fall ill after eating contaminated food. In fact, foodborne hazards are known to cause over 200 acute and chronic diseases from digestive tract infections to cancer (FAO Report). With food regulating bodies such as National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC),…
In Africa, innovators have develop technologies, few of which are adopted by smallholder farmers. A technology that demands significant additional inputs, be they financial or physical, is less likely to be adopted compared to one that generates significant socioeconomic benefits. In Nigeria, smallholder farmers’ food security is under threat due to declining soil fertility, high cost of fertilizer, fragmented supply chain and poor access to commodity markets. These underlines the reason El-kanis and Partners is exploring affordable technology to improve food production and market accessibility for agricultural sustainability.
Africa has been involved in farming for centuries, but sadly still have one of the highest number of starving population. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the U.N., some 153 million people (about 26 percent of the adult population) suffered from severe food insecurity in 2014/15 in sub-Saharan Africa. For Africa to feed her teaming population, farmers must produce as much per acre as it can, decrease the threat of crop failure, decrease operational costs, and sell crops for the maximum value possible. This necessitates, among other things, effectually managing of input resources like fertilizer, water, and seed…