(Deadline for applications: 21 October 2018)
CTA is looking for a highly motivated and result-oriented intern to support the ICT4Ag team.
CTA has an opening for an intern within the Policies, Markets and ICTs (PMI) Programme. The successful candidate will support Youth Entrepreneurship and ICT for agriculture initiatives within the ICT4Ag team.
Duties & responsibilities
Under the guidance and supervision of the ICT4Ag team leader, the intern will assist in the following activities:
Support the implementation of activities relating to youth, entrepreneurship, ICTs and agriculture including the following projects:
-AgriHack Talent initiative which supports ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in Agriculture;
-The “Youth Economic Empowerment in Agribusiness in Kenya (VijaBiz) project;
-The Ideal Burkina project which enables delivery of digital services to young farmers and agripreneurs in -Burkina Faso;
-Blockchain... Read more
Each year, the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), a non-partisan, professional association for agricultural journalists in more than 40 countries hosts an annual conference in one of its member countries.
This year, the congress was held from July 10 to 15 at Wageningen University and Research, a Dutch public university in Wageningen, Netherlands. The Dutch Roots Foundation, the organiser of the event, chose “Dutch Roots: Small Country big Solutions” as the theme for this year’s congress.
Lessons for Ugandan farmers
Rely more on technology
The Dutch agriculture is a world of genomics and robotics. The farmers are always looking for tools and technology that can help improve production. On Wednesday July 11, journalists visited Denkavit, a company in the Netherlands that specialises in the production of high quality feeds for young animals.
Journalists got an opportunity to see an automatic feeding robot that off... Read more
Farmers will be able to manage farming practices such as effective irrigation of their crops without necessarily being at their farms thanks to a solar-powered technology developed by Rwandan young innovators.
The technology uses solar-fueled sensors and irrigation to collect data on soil moisture, nutrient needs and water needed to foster crop growth.
It is in line with a project of Precise Agriculture (PA), a modern farming management model using digital techniques to monitor and optimise agricultural production processes that the innovators, members of the Kicukiro District-based STES Group, a company which was founded by technical innovators and researchers, have undertaken. Read more
World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’, is a dynamic web and mobile-based application intended to help local farmers and extension agents with information on crop and livestock production and management practices, stood out as one of the most innovative products for community’ development today.
World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’ initiative was born under the Inzozi Nziza (Great Dream) Project after identifying a gap in agricultural extension services in Rwanda; an effort aimed at modernizing access to information that would positively influence investment decisions for smallholder farmers and, in the long term, provide better livelihoods for them and their families.
E-Hinga App provides highly-synthesized information designed for easy access and adequate interaction by farmers and other users. Around 100 farmer promoters are now equipped with the E-Hinga app on their mobile devices; meaning that 100 villages with almost 20,000 farmers can current... Read more
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRA), Women in Tech Africa, Wennovation Hub (Nigeria) and Suguba (regional), has launched a program entitled “Pitch AgriHack 2018” to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and promotion of youth employment.
The theme for this year’s edition is “Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”.
Two categories are available:
Early stage platform: This is for e-agriculture applications and platforms that have already been developed but that may still need software or business model improvements. Participants must be able to demonstrate the business potential and functional features of their applications or platforms.
Advanced pl... Read more
Co-organised by ASEAN Foundation and USAID, the ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship 2018 aims to foster and institutionalize a culture of scientific-based policy making throughout ASEAN region. It offers unique career advancement opportunity for early and mid career scientists who are ASEAN citizen to be placed for a year in government line ministries within their home countries, where they can influence and contribute to policy formulation.
Applications are open until April 20, 2018. Fellows will get monthly stipend $1,200, capacity building and other interesting opportunities. Candidates from academic/research, industry, government, NGOs or others are welcome to apply!
For more information, visit us at http://bit.ly/ASEANSTFellow2018
Kenya’s Agricultural Sector at a Glance
Agriculture in Kenya plays a vital role in contributing to its economy. The sector brings in 65% of total export earnings to the country and provides the livelihood for more than 80% of the Kenyan population (employment, income and food security needs). More remarkably, the sector employs more than 40 per cent of the total population and more than 70 per cent of Kenya's rural people. Agriculture in Kenya is large and complex, with a myriad of parastatals, non-governmental, private and public sectors.
The sector is also a main drive of the non- agricultural sector. Operations such as tourism, transport, education, construction and other social services are in one way or the other intertwined with agriculture. It is also important to note, that Kenya’s population has increased significantly (growing from 10 million in 1970 to 40 million in 2012) and it is projected that in the next 20 years, that number will double to 83 million. As a result of th... Read more
Event: Crop Biotechnology Course
Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
Event Date: 30th April – 04th May 2018
The 2016 Global Hunger Index report, jointly published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with Concern Worldwide, and Welthungerhilfe (WHH), showed that the level of hunger globally remains high, with 795 million people still facing hunger, roughly one in four children affected by stunting, and 8 percent of children affected by wasting. Of the many strategies that have been suggested to address the issues of global poverty, hunger and environmental degradation, crop biotechnology is seen as a viable contribution to the solution. Biotechnology is any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use. Some of the potential benefits of biot... Read more
Event: AGRITECH EXPO Zambia
Date: 12 - 14 April 2018
Time: 09:00 - 14:00
THE AGRItech EXPO RETURNS IN 61 DAYS WITH NEW AND EXCITING FEATURES:
- Mowing + Baling demo
- Aquaculture showcase
- Live planting demo
- Greenhouse showcase
- Value added zone
See what else you can expect ---> http://www.agritech-expo.com/Event-at-a-glance
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
Course announcement: Lost Harvest and Wasted Food – 2018 (Wageningen, the Netherlands, 17 – 28 September)
Managing the crop supply chain for increased food security Stark contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in developing and transition countries food losses mainly happen post-harvest, in the urban and wealthier communities good food is wasted in retail stages of the supply chain and by consumers. Strategies to minimize food losses and waste along the chain can contribute to food security and sustainable food production.
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
Crop pests and diseases are the devastating effects on smallholder farmers today due to climate change. Cassava brown streak diseases is spreading westward across African continent, cassava mosaic disease threatens the food and income security of over 30 million farmers in East and Central Africa. Also, banana is facing fungal and bacterial and fungal diseases and banana bunchy top virus while sweetpotato is faced with viruses and Alternaria fungi.
Farmers are always unable to identify properly these diseases, while health authorities and extension organization lack the data to support them. To overcome these issues, a team under the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), are working on a revolutionary app to accurately diagnose diseases in the field, which will be combined with SMS services to send alerts to thousands of rural farmers.
Painstaking field work using cameras, spectrophotometers and dr... Read more
Need help with taking care of your soil, here is your solution!
Soilcare is the solution to all of your problems concerning soil problem, be it type, diseases, information and more.
Soilcare provide solution on how to manage your soil fertility, soil testing and know what inputs to produce. Also by putting knowledge in the hands of farmers and give them access to the knowledge from the experts. Through softwares they provide update about practical information of soil to farmers, the one thing you need to do is visit their website and learn more as instructed below.
Read more about soilcare and get the answer to all your soil problems.
Most of us have heard of a buzz word ''Artificial Intelligence'' or simply ''AI''; which is increasingly popular in tech circles. However, most people do not realise how AI is affecting their daily lives.
If you have ever received a recommendation about what video to watch on Youtube or what song to listen to on Spotify, that's AI. While video and music recommendation services are rather simple when compared to other AI systems, they do accomplish a useful task: recommending music and videos based on interests you've expressed and judgements you've made in the past. The more personal preferences data you provide to these platforms, the better AI recommendations become.
AI is here and it is poised to continue revolutionising how we access services.
For sometime now, I have been involved with a British company developing artificial intelligent medical doctors. The prototype AI doctor has been proven to be more acc... Read more
World Bank, Nest launch Kenyan agri-tech challenge
The World Bank and Nest have announced applications have opened for the Agritech Challenge 2017, which aims to connect Kenyan promising startups and innovators with one of the region’s leading agribusiness corporates.