Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has stated that Agriculture in the technology age has become more important.
A funding initiative focused on driving technological innovations and new business models for Africa has been announced by Milken Institute and Motsepe Foundation. The Milken-Motsepe Innovation Prize will consist of multiple competitions in the areas of agriculture, energy, education, and health, according to a joint statement by the organisers.
Agrocenta is a Ghanaian Agritech startup that connects the smallholder farmers (farms operating with less than two hectares of land) in the staple food (rice, maize, millet, and soybean) value chain to a wider online market to trade.
The Ministry of Communications and Digital economy, under the able leadership of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, as part of its mandate of driving the digitization of all sectors of the Nigerian economy as encapsulated in the National digital economy policy and strategy( NDEPS) launched by President Muhammadu Buhari's led administration, is set to launch the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) in Gombe state to aid digitalisation in the agriculture sector.
Kenyan start-up iCow, launched in 2011, is one of the simplest but cleverest tools being used to optimise every aspect of farming. iCow provide farmers with SMS messages loaded with great information on how to improve what they are doing.