The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA has been doing a lot of research into technologies that can disrupt how agricultural activities are implemented in Africa. Their recent innovation will allow cassava and maize farmers, and agriculture extension workers to get recommendations for the best planting and weeding techniques, fertilizers, and disease control methods to use for the best possible yield given certain specifications from the farmers.
This innovation was designed through a Data-driven model that analyzed 5000 cassava farms in Nigeria and Tanzania. The geospatial soil and weather conditions of these farms were analyzed to predict their response to various agricultural technologies. A recommendation app is being built and will be launched soon according to IITA.
The herbicide app - Source: http://bulletin.iita.org/index.php/2019/01/28/iita-cwmp-develops-mobile-app-for-smallholder-farmers/
Innovations like this show that agriculture just like every other economic sector can benefit from this digital age. The fact that technology can create a positive change in how things are done all around the world and lead to increased productivity and income is not news anymore. Seeing what institutions like IITA, Farmsby, and a lot of other technology-driven agricultural players are doing in Africa gives us hope about food security and improved livelihood in the developing countries of Africa.
Some areas where technology has been successfully implemented in the agricultural sector include BioRisk Management, Agricultural e-commerce and investment, recommendations for improved crop yield, prediction of weather conditions in future farming seasons, and improved pest and disease control to name a few. I believe the future of agriculture in Africa is starting to look really bright and profitable, what do you think? Please share your thoughts through comments with us.
You can visit https://iita.org to see the advancements being made over there through research and innovations in agriculture.