Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology

Why the Hype - Agriculture
& Mobile Technology
Michael Nkonu (Agricultur...
Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology

Smallholders and global food
system
• Smallholders produce about 60% of
...
Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology

However ……
Many smallholders:
Often operate outside the formal economy
M...
Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology

and there are new challenges……….
Globalisation

Climate Change

Restrict...
Enhancing Smallholder position – The 4 keys
Access to Assets – transfer and ownership of productive assets
will improve se...
Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology

The pace of the ICT sector is rapid and promising…

2020?

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Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology

mAgri deployments

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Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology

Digitally Inclusive Agriculture

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Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology

Key Issues

• Scaling-up and sustainability

• Improving access for farm...
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Presentation by Michael Nkonu, Agriculture Programme Specialist for the mAgri Programme, GSMA
Plenary Session: Why the Hype for mAgriculture?
on 5 Nov 2013,
ICT4Ag, Kigali, Rwanda

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Why the Hype - Agriculture & Mobile Technology

  1. 1. Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology Why the Hype - Agriculture & Mobile Technology Michael Nkonu (Agriculture Specialist November, 2013 Restricted - Confidential Information © GSMA 2013
  2. 2. Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology Smallholders and global food system • Smallholders produce about 60% of the world’s food • Globally, 500 million smallholders are directly supporting over 2b people • Accounts for 97% of agricultural holdings • Smallholders are too important for the global food system Restricted - Confidential Information © GSMA 2013
  3. 3. Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology However …… Many smallholders: Often operate outside the formal economy Most produce under 2ha with yields far below potentials Lack access to effective technical support, land, resources and technology Are food insecure and; vulnerable to malnutrition and climate change Have higher cost of production, productivity and low profit margins Restricted - Confidential Information © GSMA 2013
  4. 4. Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology and there are new challenges………. Globalisation Climate Change Restricted - Confidential Information © GSMA 2013
  5. 5. Enhancing Smallholder position – The 4 keys Access to Assets – transfer and ownership of productive assets will improve security and productivity. Access to information - Knowledge is power; technical and market information is a productive element of human capital in farming. Information should be timely, relevant and accurate Access to services - services that will facilitate agricultural activities. Access to remunerative markets - is necessary for promoting growth of smallholder agriculture Restricted - Confidential Information © GSMA 2013
  6. 6. Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology The pace of the ICT sector is rapid and promising… 2020? Restricted - Confidential Information © GSMA 2013
  7. 7. Restricted - Confidential Information © GSMA 2013
  8. 8. Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology mAgri deployments Restricted - Confidential Information © GSMA 2013
  9. 9. Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology Digitally Inclusive Agriculture Restricted - Confidential Information © GSMA 2013
  10. 10. Why the Hype – Agriculture and Mobile Technology Key Issues • Scaling-up and sustainability • Improving access for farmers • Quality versus quantity • Convergence of different services • Experience and knowledge sharing Restricted - Confidential Information © GSMA 2013
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