The social circumstances and technological environment indicate that several phases of the supply chains will be more receptive to Precision/Digital Agriculture adoption and deployment than others, leading to the interest of the project. El-kanis and Partners and Faculty of Agriculture, University of Uyo intend to explore the subject to research on the costs benefit analysis of Precision/Digital Agriculture and traditional agriculture, a development that will contribute to the benefit of creating an Africa that is properly fed.
The partnership will be contributing to the project for more efficient, climate resilient and sustainable agricultural production and efficient food systems to enhance food security, incomes, and nutrition that benefit small-scale farmers (particularly women and the youth). There are a number of reasons for creating Precision/Digital Agriculture research network in the context of Africa food security. These include: (i) using the report as a means of organizing and sharing information; (ii) undertaking joint activities such as collaborative research; or (iii) working towards common goals.
- To deepen understanding of how to develop and scale sustainable African agriculture and food system leveraging Precision/Digital Agriculture innovations;
- To build the capacity of African innovators and researchers to develop, deploy and scale such Precision/Digital Agriculture applications; and
- To facilitate the contribution of African research to relevant international Precision/Digital Agriculture policy and practice conversations.
Key areas the project will leverage digital Agriculture in support of agricultural and food systems innovations are;
- Detection and diagnostics of plant diseases and pests,
- Modeling soil physicochemical properties and composition,
- Supporting farmers’ choices in crop cultivation through the analysis of data collected and transmitted by sensors,
- Targeting food-insecure populations,
- Detecting real-time outbreaks of food-borne diseases,
- Recognizing and assessing risks to yields under warmer temperatures and climate variability,
- Simulating future yield performance in different environments, and
- Identifying improved agricultural management practices
DURATION: 2022 - 2027
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