ICT

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance & Food Security

An article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Innovative developments – An overview  

On Thursday February 16, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, Rabobank Foundation and the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) organized the conference “Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food”. The conference aimed to show, share and discuss the latest technological applications based on satellite data in relation to inclusive finance and food security.

Recent developments in technological applications such as satellites provide good sources of information to increase outreach of financial services especially to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. Geo-data and information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as geographic information systems, drones, and cloud computing are now being used to boost smallholder’s production and their income.

Current innovations and possibilities of satellite data and other ICT applications we

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

In case you missed it, the Business Drinks event was great

AgriProFocus, in partnership with Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), organized the second Business Drinks of the year on 30th of March 2017 at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa. The Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness and agricultural development community for an informal interaction and networking.

On this last Thursday’s event 55 members of AgriProFocus as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.

Belaineh Mekonnen is a researcher and founder of MOMALLOT, which is a private soil fertility research organization in Ethiopia. His organization is “working on the impact of the new way of home gardening through self-wa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 2 days ago

Apply for the Innovations Against Poverty Fund today! (Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cambodia)

Innovations Against Poverty challenges the private sector to develop products, services and business models that can contribute to the fight against poverty and climate change.

Through our advisory and non-reimbursable funding, we support innovative Inclusive Business models that deliver developmental benefits for the low income population in both rural and urban areas, while being commercially viable.

Who Can apply?

The program is designed for companies which are operational or plan to enter the market (with a local partner in case of foreign companies) in the following sectors:  ICT (Cambodia), Energy (Ethiopia), WASH (Uganda) and Agriculture and Food (Zambia)

The Fund

IAP provides advisory support and non-reimbursable funding for up to 49% of the total investment to selected projects through competitive open calls for proposals.  

Click the links below to learn more

IAP Website
IAP Brochure
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Humphrey Bwalya Kabamba If you have a viable concept on Product which you have tried, How may you bring in Partners to boast you product.

2 months 1 day ago

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Grant Opportunity: ICT for Social Good

Deadline: 30th April 2017  

 Hi everyone,

I'm glad to invite you to apply for - ICT for Social Good - a grant for creative ideas, using digital technology for social aims.

If you are a local innovator, using ICTs for facing social issues with a bottom-up approach, you probably are the right person to apply!

In order to apply for the Grant, developing a new technology is not necessary. You only have to provide the use of an existing technology - in one of the geographical areas as specified in the guidelines: http://ictforsocialgood.org/en/

Food security, water and sanitation, health, education, human rights and citizen activism are the central themes of the Grant. Any initiative regarding these sectors promoted by any local entities (association, cooperative, NGO, small and medium enterprises) with the support of ICTs will be more than welcome. All the projects, including those that won’t reach the final selection, will be presented o

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Gizaw Legesse Hi Didier, thank you for sharing this interesting opportunities, also saw your other posts. Thanks.

2 months 5 days ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Hi Gizaw, you're the most welcome. All the best, Didier

2 months 5 days ago

Cibarani Cibarani It would have interested us to take part to that event but it's doesn't make no room for project not yet tested on fiels.We'll take time to launch the one we 're now finalising and c u on a next opportunity...

2 months 2 days ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Good luck with your project Mr Cibarani

2 months 2 days ago

Mukamusoni Marie Louise Merci Didier pour l 'information.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Invitation to participate and spread the word -FAO-e-discussion: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems 

I am delighted to extend this invitation to you to participate in the above mentioned e -discussion forum, which is an extension of the on going discussion on SCPI of Horticulture based systems.

This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.

This online forum seeks to encourage and

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Posted By in Horticulture Conference 2015 - Kigali - Rwanda
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

FAO-e-discussion (6 to 27 March 2017)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems

Invitation to participate in this e-discussion forum, which is an extension of the on going discussion on SCPI of Horticulture based systems.

This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.

This online forum seeks to encourage and gather success stories in the application and use of ICTs in sustainable intensificatio

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Innocent Chamisa Thanks for sharing Nicole

2 months 1 week ago

Innocent Chamisa Further to this -continuation Save & Grow Series - You can participate in the on going Global e-Forum  here :                                                                                                                                     https://dgroups.org/fao/scpi-hortcrops. 

Welcome to the online discussion forum on sustainable crop production intensification (SCPI) of horticulture based systems (mainly fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers.)

How can we produce more with less?

With this discussion forum, FAO aims to bring together experts of all levels from scientists who study the potential of sustainable crop production, to the practitioners who apply sustainable horticultural practices - to exchange their experiences, new findings and challenges faced. FAO recently launched three “Save and Grow” guidebooks accessible at http://www.fao.org/ag/save-and-grow/ that explain principles of an ecosystem-based approach to sustainable crop production intensification.

Future generations will rely more and more on resilient food supply systems because of known challenges such as a growing world population, urbanization, land degradation, and climate change. We need to find ways to produce more from the same area of land while conserving natural resources, reducing negative impacts on the environment and enhancing natural capital and the flow of ecosystem services.

You can participate by sending your contributions to the proposed discussion questions to:

SCPI-Hortcrops@dgroups.org.
Alternatively, you can share your contributions directly on the discussion board.The message will reach all members and will be automatically stored on the platform.




2 months 1 week ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

1 month 3 weeks ago

Innocent Chamisa Fortunatus , looking forward to your contributions, in case any  difficulties..., please do not hesitate to contact me. Regards.

1 month 3 weeks ago

mar
08

e-discussion Forum ICTs-4-SCPI-Hortcrops

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  08 March 2017 to 27 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Italy

This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.

This online forum seeks to encourage and gather success stories in the application and use of ICTs in sustainable intensification of horticulture crop production systems. These technologies include, but are not limited to, mobile phone technology, geographic information systems, remote sensing, precision and other innovative smart farming technologies.

In this discussion participants are encouraged to share the motivations for adopting innov

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 3 months 5 days ago

Kenyan youth second in seeking side hustles in Africa


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In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics./FILE

By MARGARET NJUGUNAH, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Kenya has the second highest number of youths with hustles at 40.8 percent, behind Nigeria at 44.4 percent according to GeoPoll Rapid.

In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics.

In Nigeria and Ghana, the youth are into less conventional sectors than those mostly associated with the youth such as ICT, entertainment and online businesses. In South Africa, Food & Beverage is the more popular side hustle for many youth.

The report – which focuses on millennials in Sub-Saharan Africa – seeks to find out what makes African Millennials tick, also found out that, on average only 37 percent, have side businesses.

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Dorina Prech This is very interesting Alphaxrd Gitau. Could you share the link to the report too? Thanks. 

3 months 3 days ago

Alphaxrd Gitau http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/2017/02/kenyan-youth-second-seeking-side-hustles-africa/
There is the link to the source of information Dorina. I am not sure there is a report about it.

3 months 2 days ago

dec
13

Global African Business Accelerator Platform

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  13 December 2016 to 14 December 2016 - All Day Event
  10101

December 2016 Launch Conference: The Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform will be launched in December of 2016 ( Tuesday 13th – Wednesday 14th) with an inaugural Session/ Workshop on Technology and Mechanization Adoption. The workshop will be convened at the new (2015 launch) AGCO Corporation Future Farm in Lusaka, Zambia. 

Read more here.




Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 6 months 2 days ago

Call for proposals 

Competitiveness & enterprise development project: deadline 30th November 2016

Herewith attached is a call for proposals for the matching grant facility offered by Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).  Sectors of interest are horticulture, tourism, coffee, grains, pulses, edible oils, fisheries and ICT

See Fourth call proposals attached for details

Good luck!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

Online forum on the use of ICTs for Resilience - 28 November till 13 December 2016  

FAO and e-Agriculture.org are preparing an online forum discussion on "Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Resilience". The forum will take place from 28 November to 13 December 2016.

Many successful experiences on the use of ICTs for Resilience at FAO have already been documented such as eLocust, SWALIM, OpenForis, EMA-i, EMPRES-i, Drought preparedness in Uganda, Disaster preparedness in Dominican Republic etc.

Based on these experiences and others from the partners and members of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice, a two week discussion forum will be held to capitalize on these experiences, to share knowledge and to work towards overall recommendations on the use of ICTs for Resilience.

The discussion will be guided by Subject Matter Experts from different organisations and facilitated by FAO's Knowledge Outreach Team.

The forum can be accessed through the following link:

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Okello Justine This awesome am interested from Soroti Uganda

6 months 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

Les solutions TIC pour le secteur agricole et les chaines de valeur

Magazine ICT Update: "Les jeunes et l'entrepreuriat e-Agricole"


http://ictupdate.cta.int/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/10/ICT_83_FR_LR.pdf


Site web, sur lequel vous pouvez trouver plusieurs articles (en francais et anglais) et vous enregistrer pour le magazine:

http://ictupdate.cta.int/category/archives/83-les-jeunes-et-l-entrepreneuriat-e-agricole/?lang=fr



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

ICT solutions for agriculture and value chains

ICT update magazine: "Home-grown ICT solutions come from young entrepreneurs"


ICT update magazine is now available, see the following link:

http://ictupdate.cta.int/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/10/ICT_83_ENG_LR.pdf


Further background information on ICT solutions in agriculture can be found on the website:

http://ictupdate.cta.int/category/issues/83-youth-e-agriculture-entrepreneurship/

nov
23

Invitation to Attend Pitch AgriHack on 23rd November

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  23 November 2016, All Day Event
  Kenya/SAFARI PARK HOTEL

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA www.cta.int), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and mLab East Africa, would like to invite you to the Pitching Day of the Pitch AgriHack Finals.

Pitch AgriHack aims at accelerating e-agriculture entrepreneurship for improved livelihoods and food security. It targets startups founded by young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 35 years, from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. There will be 25 Startups offering ICT services to the agri-food sector, which will be involved in capacity building activities and will be pitching eventually. They come from 16 countries (including Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Botswana, St Kitts and Nevis, Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast) and have been selected out of 152 agtech startups. For more informations, click HERE



oct
10

E.A Business & Entrepreneurship Conference & Exhibition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  10 October 2016 to 13 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

The East Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Conference and Exhibition is an annual event rotating in all partner states of the East African Community (EAC) in collaboration with the respective investment agencies. As Kenya is hosting this years’ edition, KenInvest is our strong partner on the ground!

This three-day conference will bring together high-level government and private sector decision makers from the EAC partner states as well as entrepreneurs and investors from abroad. BDI is EABC’s strong partner in Germany. Through their support also a high-level German participation is expected.

Why attend:

The objective of the East African Business and Entrepreneurship Conference and Exhibition is to provide an opportunity for business to business (B2B) and business to government (B2G) engagement, a platform for buyers and sellers and to strengthen entrepreneurship in the EAC from within the region and internationally by developing an annual one-stop center for investment and trade op

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 8 months 4 weeks ago

Win investment for your start-up at Pitch AgriHack!

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and mLab East Africa, is launching the pilot edition of Pitch AgriHack, a new component of its AgriHack Talent Programme.
Pitch AgriHack 2016 is open for young ICT start-ups from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, offering services to the agriculture sector. The entrepreneurs should be owners of an already developed e-agriculture/ICT4Ag application or platform.

Pitch AgriHack will:

1- provide a business training boot camp

2- create a platform for pitching service offered to potential investors

2- facilitate grants, investments and additional incubation/acceleration opportunities.

Two categories are available:

1- Early stage platform

This is for e-agriculture applications and platforms that ha

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Guylaine Mwamini Merci pour cette information Mr Guigonou Freddy PADONOU, mais j'ai l'impréssion que le lien que vous avait mis pour plus d'information n'est pas actif, si vous pouvais le revoir, mais aussi bien expliqué ce projet qui semble compliqué, à comprendre. Ces informations permettrons aux jeunes intérressés à mieux se préparer . Cordialement

8 months 4 weeks ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU http://bit.ly/pitch-agrihack-preLaunch Vous avez raison Mme Mwamini. Ceci est le lien pour en savoir plus

8 months 3 weeks ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU Il s'agit d'un programme TIC pour l'agriculture que met en œuvre le CTA depuis quelques années. Les jeunes professionnels exerçant dans le domaine et recherchant des solutions TIC pour résoudre les problèmes en agriculture en général peuvent bénéficier de cette opportunité qu'offre le CTA en partenariat avec la BAD. Il s'agit donc pour ces jeunes de soumissionner à cette subvention si la solution TIC qu'ils proposent n'est pas encore finalisée ou pas suffisamment promue pour contribuer au développement de l'agriculture e Afrique.

8 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Hack4Ag Uganda: Developing ICT Tools to Empower Smallholder Farmers

The Hackathon is a collaboration between the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice (GFADR), the Government of Uganda and the Government of South Korea to develop ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in Ugandan agriculture. #Hack4Ag aims to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and youth engagement in agriculture through technology.  

Participating farmers will be given support to scale-up their use of modern inputs and become more effective in the marketing of their harvested products.   

Starting date: March or April, 2016

Deadline for Application: 29th February, 2016

Fine details here

Mugisha Richard This is timely and has come at the time when we are planning to convene a youth caravan. Part of the activities we plan to do is e-marketing and use of the ICT tools to do marketing. I would like to encourage the youth to apply and learn about the Hack4Ag.

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

ICT4agriculture - innovation factory


This is a new project combining Ethiopia, Senegal, Indonesia and Germany around innovation in ict4agriculture.

The innovation factory is a collaborative effort that brings together initiatives in Ethiopia, Germany, Indonesia and Senegal to develop ICT innovation based on actual needs and localities. As a result, the country units are providing new concepts and approaches in order to propose shared solutions in both a local and a global context. 

http://www.innovation-factory.info/ict4agriculture/

Alazar Michael This is a great idea. One of the challenges in the adopting ICT tools in the agric sector is the approach. In most of the cases we try to shape the audience (the farmers) to feet in to the developed tools. But what has been successful is the other way round. "Develop the tools and solutions to feet in to the audience needs and capabilities". What we fantasize may not get the same response out there unless we start from the need. I love to discuss more on the topic and forward to hear more from others' experience.

1 year 3 months ago

Gustaff Harriman Iskandar Hallo all. I am extremely sorry for the delayed reply. Just got back from Kasepuhan Ciptagelar village about two days ago. The internet connection at the village are a bit unstable. Great to know that some friends are interested to share ideas & experience on this matter. We just in the process of installing mini data centre for information/knowledge management at the village. This is a pilot project that being initiated together by GIZ & Common Room for the Innovation Factory initiative on ICT for Agriculture development. We learn a lot from this project & hoping can lear more from the experience. There is so many challenge & opportunity at the village, so I am hoping that we can get some input from all of you.

1 year 3 months ago

Tina Napitupulu Halo Pak Gustaff, nice to hear from you! Can you refer us to a link where we can read more of this? Are you creating some kind of intranet? Does every home own an electronic device?

1 year 3 months ago

Gustaff Harriman Iskandar Hallo Tina, there is a brief information about the project in this link: http://bit.ly/1PO2qt3. Short review on our pilot project at Kasepuhan Ciptagelar is just published in this link http://bit.ly/1PO2fxS. I plan to publish some information in our page. I will let you know if the we already put it online. The internet connection is already reach the village. But due to remote location & limited power source, the connection is a bit unstable from time to time. The mini data center is part of pilot project that aims to facilitate information/knowledge management at the village. It is a simple intranet were member of community at the village can share documents. Most of family at the village already have their own electronic devices. We plan to extend the use of technology to increase livelihood & support sustainable development in the region.

1 year 3 months ago

Jörn Schultz please find updated info in this new post: http://agriprofocus.com/post/57f51393a93f252c9a59cdb9

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Big data for Smallholder Finance


The enormous gap between the supply and demand of formal credit for smallholder farmers is caused, in part, by the extreme lack of information available to lenders on potential borrowers. The lack of information create risks for financial institutions and limits their willingness to lend to smallholder farmers and other “thin file” borrowers in developing countries.

New research from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance explores how innovative lenders are using new data sources and analytics to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. From mobile phone usage data to e-wallet data, lenders are experimenting with a variety of approaches to unlock credit in underserved markets in the developing world.
While credit scoring models that use alternative data are still new in the agriculture sector, our research on several trends suggests that this market will soon be better served – thanks in part to the increasing penetration of smartphones

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 5 months ago

Ethiopia exploring space


Ethiopia recently opened a space observatory: Entoto Observatory and Research Centre, the first in East-Africa, and aims to launch its own satellite within five years to monitor farmland and improve telecommunications. “Space technology is a vital need for the development of Ethiopia.”

article courtesy Club Africa - http://www.your-bizbook.com/en/Club-Africa-News/ethiopia-exploring-space

On the top of Mount Entoto, two metal domes stand out against the blue sky and surrounding green fields traditionally ploughed by farmers using oxen. Both futuristic buildings house a computer-controlled optical telescope each of which weighs six tons, is 3 feet (a meter) in diameter and costs about $1.5 million. They are part of the Entoto Observatory and Research Centre, which is the first space observatory in East-Africa.

Ideal to observe stars and galaxies

Ethiopia’s highlands – the Entoto Observatory sits at 3,200 meter – and the ideal climate, which con

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