Published Date : May 07, 2019
Farmers at sub-Saharan Africa are finding it convenient to cultivate, irrigate, and sell their products at a fair price. The convenience is the result of smart tech in the region. Farmers, crop buyers, and other professionals in the region have started harnessing smart gadgets to increase productivity, minimize cost, and gain considerable profit margin.
According to Pascal Bonnet, there is a digital revolution throughout Africa. The continent is packed with expert researchers in information and technology that supports the opportunities in digital agriculture. Although, direct connection of farmers with consumers eliminating wholesalers and retailers is a familiar story in Europe and North America. However, this technological revolution can be a breakthrough for the farmers of Africa.
How Researchers are Using Smart Technologies to Help Farmers in Africa?
Private and government bodies are taking initiatives in various countries of Africa. One such initiative is Awa Thiam's, a 28-year-old telecom engineer in her native, Senegal company -Lifantou. The company connects school canteens directly with the farmers using big data.
Awa believes that there is a massive need for such steps in the region. She states that intermediaries influence the cost of food approximately 25% to 50%. However, these schools have budget constraints to avail quality products. Moreover, Awa says shortening the supply-chain can help canteens of such schools and provide nutritious food to the students and employees.
Awa’s company is a one-stop platform that works on a database of crop production and schools to match demands with supplies. Further, the platform allows schools to bulk-purchase supplies from farmers and also organizes real-time monitored transport.
Another technological advancement is taking place in the form of fruit-recognition technology –Pix Fruit. Moreover, the technology uses advanced modeling software to produce an accurate count of the crop. This eliminates the possibility of over or underpayment by buyers to the farmers.