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Digital transformation of agriculture: A game changer for sub-Saharan Africa


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Poster prepared by Fred Kizito, Haroon Sseguya, Patrick Kiao, Mateete Bekunda and Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon for the Africa RISING ESA Project Review and Planning Meeting, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 11-12 September 2019.

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Digital transformation of agriculture: A game changer for sub-Saharan Africa

  1. 1. Digital transformation of agriculture: A game changer for sub-Saharan Africa Fred Kizito1, Haroon Sseguya1, Patrick Kiao2, Mateete Bekunda1, and Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon1 1International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) 2ESOKO Key messages The use of digital tools has revolutionized agriculture through offering more affordable, efficient and far-reaching coverage with e-extension services. This has drastically improved decision making through informed choices in farming.  Has enabled broader outreach to farmers in Tanzania; 2,000 in Babati district; 13,660 in 8 districts of the Southern Highlands and 500 in Ghana.  Has allowed for 30% greater involvement of women and youth with information targeted for nutrition and business models respectively.  Has allowed for re-tooling and supporting extension agents (not as a substitute but a complement) with smart connectivity options to knowledge, agribusiness outlets and techniques thus allowing for sustainability. This poster is licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. Sept. 2019 We thank farmers and local partners in Africa RISING sites for their contributions to this research. We also acknowledge the support of all donors which globally support the work of the CGIAR centers and their partners through their contributions to the CGIAR system Objectives and approach  Improve delivery of extension services through use of ICT approaches (e-Extension)  Scale out promising technologies beyond Africa RISING target sites in Tanzania while offering advice on agronomy, climate services and market information.  Use of interactive videos for improved knowledge transfer to farmers. The videos were co-developed with communities and local institutions. Key results  Reached 13,660 farmers in Southern Highlands of Tanzania, bridged the Extension to Farmer ratio: Current levels average at 1:600-1400. Was achieved through SMS, Kplus e-extension model and lead farmer approaches. This will significantly reduce the ratio to 1:35.  Allowed for improved awareness and knowledge in agronomy, climate services, market infomation and post-harvest management  Coming soon: Will include integrated livestock management options Significance and scaling potential  The e-extension approach is useful for targeted last-mile technology delivery options among smallholder farmers in a manner that is cost-effective and sustainable while building capacity  Use of SMS messaging coupled with community tablet projector allows for peer-to-peer learning among small holder farmers.  Offers lower costs of conventional training and capacity building  Provides a sense of ownership, legitimacy and buy-in since farmers can situate themselves in the videos. Preview of the uploaded content on web and android phone Partners Offers a range of game changing services for improved decision making Tablet with Built in projector (Left); Farmers in Kilosa training on Kplus using a tablet projector device conducted on 5 June 2019 (Right) The Android based Kplus System for TOT trainers; Analytics from farmer profile surveys; Range of services the Platform provides