Home-grown ICT solutions in agriculture come from young entrepreneurs
Published in October 2016 by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), this issue of the ICT Update magazine considers that young innovators in Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific region, have recognised the need for creative solutions to raise agricultural productivity and the huge prospective market for their ICT-enabled services in agriculture. Although they still face many challenges, their products have the potential to transform agricultural value chains in developing countries.
e-Agriculture entrepreneurship in ACP (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific) countries probably began in 2004 with the market information services offered by TradeNet in Ghana (rebranded later as Esoko). There are many examples of young e-agriculture entrepreneurs in Africa (and to a lesser extent in the Caribbean and Pacific) along the different segments of the value chain. The publication Innovate for agriculture, prepared jointly by CTA and the organisation Ashoka in March 2016, presents about 30 such businesses, most of which were set up in the last two years.