If we drew one only lesson from the actual Covid-19 crisis, it would be this one: Digital sector offers practical solutions to issues that we encounter. This is especially the case for AgriTech.
When Eastern Africa faces the worst famine of its history, mainly because of global warming, this paradox is no longer tolerable: if every expert agreed on the fact that Africa could feed itself and could represent an alternative to the world' food production, it struggles to answer to its own needs.
That being said, a glimmer of hope appears with digital development. This is why it is essential to promote AgriTech, a real agriculture accelerator in Africa, to meet Africa's challenges: food security and sovereignty, employment and the formation of young, the empowerment of women, etc.
"Unprecedented mobilization of a new development actors category: connected young people and women!"
Drone, Blockchain, Big Data, Crowdfunding, E-learning, and Hydroponics, Aeroponics, Aquaponics, etc. An increasingly familiar wording to actors of the agriculture and agribusiness chain in Africa. Concepts and solutions that prove a real excitement around digital in agriculture and agribusiness and a new development actors category: young people and women, all connected, in order to create wealth from African agriculture, to sustain inclusive and sustainable growth in Africa.
With the digital revolution, AgriTech springs to mind as a real opportunity to fund and create wealth in the whole agriculture chain: production, logistics, marketing, transformation, funding, teaching, etc.
"The agri-digital revolution is working in Africa"
With the non-stop emergence of innovative agri-digital solutions:
hydroponics, aquaponics with Flavien KOUATCHA;
- E-learning and crowdfunding by numerous actors...
The agri-digital revolution is working in Africa. Multiple states focus as Benin or Gabon on collecting data in French-speaking Africa and countless other similar initiatives in Ghana, Rwanda, and the continent.
"AgriTech is a great tool to improve the sector, but cannot be fully efficient unless structural issues are solved"
The popularity of AgriTech must not make us forget the urgency to resolve structural issues, actual barriers to the African agriculture emergence. Notably, facilities, efficient policies for the sector, crucial lack of funding, digital gap, the disinterest of the young population to the industry, the absence of visionaries, and revision of some international agreements...
The challenge is enormous, and AgriTech AgriTech is a great tool to improve the sector, but cannot be fully efficient unless structural issues are solved, and it is time. So let’s inform, raise awareness, and move forward with the different actors to face this challenge and create an Africa able to feed itself and the World.
Tribune by Charlotte LIBOG, the founder of Afriquegrenierdumonde.org, a web platform that sensitizes African and western rulers, investors, and civil society to promote sustainable agriculture.