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Digitalization of indigenous knowledge in African agriculture for fostering food security

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Authors:
Antoine Kantiza, AKANTIZA CONSULT, Burundi
Didier Muyiramye, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Rwanda
Elias Cherenet Weldemariam, HARAMAYA UNIVERSITY, Ethiopia
Petr Horak, WIRELESSINFO, Czech Republic
Robert Sabimana, Frutus Fresco Ltd, Uganda
Pavel Hajek, West Bohemia University, Czech Republic
Tuula Löytty, Smart & Lean Hub Oy, Finland
Demet Osmancelebioglu, Smart & Lean Hub Oy, Finland

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Digitalization of indigenous knowledge in African agriculture for fostering food security

  1. 1. CHALLENGE #8: Digitalization of indigenous knowledge in African agriculture for fostering food security Antoine Kantiza, AKANTIZA CONSULT, Burundi Didier Muyiramye, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Rwanda Elias Cherenet Weldemariam, HARAMAYA UNIVERSITY, Ethiopia Petr Horak, WIRELESSINFO, Czech Republic Robert Sabimana, Frutus Fresco Ltd, Uganda Pavel Hajek, West Bohemia University, Czech Republic Tuula Löytty, Smart & Lean Hub Oy, Finland Demet Osmancelebioglu, Smart & Lean Hub Oy, Finland 1
  2. 2. This challenge aims to find novel pathways to safeguard best practices driven from the traditional knowledge of African agriculture, so creating a set of databases of this knowledge will support farmers’ productivity. 2
  3. 3. Digitalization of indigenous knowledge in African agriculture for fostering food security 3
  4. 4. Pathway 1: Food strorage methods for grain 4 Platform Seek Share
  5. 5. Pathway 2: Microorganisms facilitating natural agriculture 5 Mapping solution Seek dataupdate data Map outmonitor Microorganisms Data Bank
  6. 6. Indigenous knowledge: Lessons learned and future Pathway 1 – Food storage • Most of the existing traditional grain storage found in Africa is less documented. • Data collection and sharing needs further work • This result also will be used as input or baseline information for others/researchers who are interested to study the best traditional practices in Africa. Pathway 2 - Microorganisms • Little information and importance is known of these precious species within our environs. • The future protection of biodiversity including microbial diversity in Uganda will rely heavily on conservation of protected areas of the wild given the population pressures. • Setting up culture collection such as regional banks of microbial resources to carry out the conservation function shall be key in indigenous microorganism conservation for African agriculture. 6
  7. 7. Communication, team work, criss-crossing 7 #CH3 #CH6#CH8 Country Ethiopia Pakistan Cameroon Uganda Nigeria Guatemala Kenya Burundi Zimbabwe Rwanda Mauritius Finland Tchad Tunisia India USA Zambia Czech

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