Ghana has launched an ICT Innovation Project tailored to nurture startups, promote digital entrepreneurship and create jobs for youths in the country. The initiative, under eTransform Ghana, comprises a Mobile Applications Laboratory (mLab) and an Innovation Hub (iHub). Read more HERE.
The Ministry of Communications – the supervising body for the entirety of the project, will establish a Board to dogwatch the operations of the mLab and iHub, which are expected to be up and ready for operations in a matter of weeks. The mLab is being implemented by an Innohub and Kumasi Hive as joint ventures while the iHub is being implemented by MDF West Africa, Ghana Technology University and BlueSpace as joint ventures.
That there is something to nurture do proof the three Startups from Ghana that were selected for DEMO Africa Innovation Tour. One of the start-ups is Complete Farmer. It will compete wit start-ups from Nigeria and Ivory... Read more
A Regional Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference took place from the 20th to 21st at Kigali Convention Centre. It was a two days event which brought together over 500 key stakeholders and young agripreneurs mainly from Africa, to foster an exchange among stakeholders (policy makers, development partners, the private sector, youth and women organizations, civil society organizations, research and academia) on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations in agriculture and rural development, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward.
Deadline for receipt of proposals: Thursday, 11 October 2018 @ 6:00 P.M. Netherlands Time
You can find the complete information about this call HERE
The objective of the ICT for agriculture programme of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is to explore and implement initiatives supportive of the effective use of digital technologies for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries. The Centre also supports strategies promoting the engagement of youth and job creation in agricultural value chains. CTA is launching the current call for proposals against this backdrop.
The specific objective of this Call for Proposa... Read more
In a bid to respond to the Fall Armyworm (FAW) outbreaks and minimize the pest’s destruction of crops, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations working with the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), have rolled out the use of a mobile phone application –Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS), for FAW monitoring and early warning.
The equipment which included 126 mobile phones loaded with the FAMEWS app will be used in 15 districts to pilot a community based FAW monitoring and early warning system.
These districts include; Mukono, Iganga, Bulamburi, Nakapiripirit, Oyam, Adjumani, Kiryandong, Kibaale, Kasese, Lira, Kayunga, Soroti, Busia, Masindi and Luwero.
Other items handed over to MAAIF included 700 pheromone traps and 6000 lures facilitate detection of the presence and build-up of FAW and to capture adult moths.
The use... Read more
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries.
CTA is launching a Call for proposals to support the implementation of ICT-enabled mechanisation services in Africa. Applications have to be sent by email by Thursday, 11 October 2018 @ 6:00 PM Netherlands time.
The overall indicative amount made available under this Grant / Call for Proposals is a maximum of Euro 250,000.Read more
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Government of Rwanda and the African Union, are co-organizing a regional conference on “Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship” on 20 and 21 August 2018.
Follow this link for more information.
The conference will focus on the three major cross-cutting themes related to youth issues:
Youth and Entrepreneurship focusing on youth entrepreneurship, particularly how to develop and sustain youth-led, or youth-focused, business products and services geared towards agriculture and ICTs.
Digital Innovation focusing on innovative solutions to support digital innovation and modern production technologies in agriculture, youth-focused networking and engagement around entrepreneurship, innovation and agr... Read more
Climate change is having a major impact on food security. More than 815 million people are chronically hungry and 64 percent of the chronically hungry are in Asia. The world needs to increase food production by almost 50 percent by 2050 to feed a population of nine billion, yet resources such as land and water are becoming more and scarcer. Farming communities and others involved in agriculture have to adapt agriculture to climate change and other challenges. In this context, ICTs-driven tools and technologies to enhance decision making through accurate, reliable and timely information have an important role to play.
Agriculture has to look towards emerging technologies for solutions to overcome some of the challenges facing it. Food & Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU), together with partners, have been working together... Read more
Youth in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship
Dates: 20 -21 August 2018
Venue: Kigali Convention Center (KCC)
CARE International in Rwanda is seeking to recruit an “ICT Manager” to be based in Kigali.
Job Purpose statement
The ICT Manager is responsible for ensuring the seamless availability of ICT resources necessary for CARE Rwanda to run efficiently. The main purpose of this position is to manage all aspects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of CARE Rwanda under the supervision of the respective Manager. Information Communications Technology covers computers, software, storage, and audio-visual systems, which enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information, as well as the networked equipment (LAN/WAN) that allows for intra- and inter-network communication via the local network or the Internet.
The ICT Manager is responsible for protecting the computers, networks and data against threats, such as security breaches, computer viruses or attacks by cyber-criminals and works with CO... Read more
Does your startup have a solution that helps to feed the world’s cities in vertical farming or horticulture? Does your innovation improve efficiency in water, energy or soil usage? Does your startup have a solution that helps to feed the world’s cities? Rapid population growth, urbanization and the effects of climate change challenge the way we are producing our food.
FoodStars mobilizes broad alliance to invest in innovative startups World Startup Factory and Truvalu.startups, two international innovation accelerators, initiated FoodStars to invite a broad coalition of corporates, research and knowledge institutes, government bodies and investors to invest together in boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector. Innovation and investments in smart farming for metropolitan areas are crucial to achieving a sustainable food production in the future. We are going to select 10 startup teams.
Start date:... Read more
The 10th global ICT4D Conference brings together public, private and civil society organizations from across the humanitarian and international development community. Participants share how they are using innovations in information and communications technology to increase impact in addressing humanitarian and development challenges. This highly interactive and hands-on conference attracts a diverse audience of technical advisors, field-based program managers, executives, and others who offer a range of practical insights on applying technology to development challenges.
To find out more and register:
French here: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/fr
Prize D4D is a biennial initiative in line with the policy priorities of the Belgian development cooperation to use digitisation and (new) technologies as a lever for development. The combination of both responsibilities, ' Development Cooperation ' and ' Digital Agenda ', in the portfolio or Minister Alexander De Croo offers a range of unique possibilities. One of these opportunities is the Prize D4D.
For more information, the entry rules and other documents, we refer to the Prize D4D website: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/en.
Closing of the call for applications: Wednesday February 21, 2018
The innovation fair and the award ceremony will take place at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in the autumn or 2018.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions regarding PrizeD4D.
The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make $50-90K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity.
If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries
and have a working, open source prototype (or you are willing to make
it open-source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is
looking for you.
Founded in 2005, eLearning Africa is the leading pan-African conference and Ministerial Round Table on ICT enhanced training, digital learning and educational technology. The three day event offers participants the opportunity to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge and skills.
Over 12 consecutive years, eLearning Africa has hosted 16,228 participants from 100+ different countries around the world, with over 85% coming from the African continent. More than 3,300 speakers have addressed the conference about every aspect of technology enhanced education and skills development.
This year’s conference will be co-hosted by the Republic of Rwanda,with the support of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of ICT in collaboration with the Rwanda Convention Bureau.
For interested applicants, there is also a Call for Papers to be presented in the eLearning Africa event, the 13th International Con... Read more
FarmERP is the most comprehensive and successful smart software platform being used globally for farm, farmer, procurement, processing, supply chain and financial data management and analysis. It has helped many leading companies in achieving objectives of profitable and sustainable agribusiness. Through FarmERP we assist corporate and individual farm operators, agribusiness and contract farming companies, exporters, R&D institutions, and Government agencies, Co-operatives to exploit the power of Smart agriculture to achieve higher efficiency, higher yields, higher profitability and complete traceability.
FarmERP is a multi-user, multi-location, multi-cropping, integrated software platform for all sorts of agribusinesses. It possesses inbuilt powerful capabilities of any ERP solution covering all business functions. Simultaneously it provides advanced level of analytics to support business decisions. Import... Read more
In Africa especially in Tanzania large number of youth did not engage in agricultural activities before the increase use of technology. According to Tanzania Media Environment research in 2012 said in every household more than 62% have access to phones. Farmers has been long associated with poor farming methods, the use of poor technology, intensive labor and low productivity which did not appeal to the young generation. The use of ICT has attracted youth in agriculture activities, the new generation are now attracted in agriculture, as they have access to a lot of information through phones and ICT equipments.
Youth also promotes agriculture via social media like on Twitter, FaceBook, Blogs, other social media and social reporting.
ICT led youth to manage and associate themselves in agriculture that led them to access;
-New technologies and... Read more
CALL FOR PROPOSALS- ROUND 5: MATCHING GRANT FACILITY (MGF) BY PSFU
The Competitiveness Enterprise Development Project announces of 5th round of call for businesses to apply for a matching grant. The MGF is only open to private enterprises and associations operating in the following sectors: tourism, Agribusiness (only coffee, grains and pulses, horticulture, edible oils and fisheries) and Information technology/ business process outsourcing.
Find more details here