Agriculture is critical to global stability and development. It accounts for a third of the gross domestic products and three-quarters of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. (World Bank 2008). But most farmers still remain poor and out of touch with best practices that can yield to high production, prevention of post harvest losses and market information. According to a report by GSMA, Mobile penetration across the region was 54% in 2012 and mobile contributes over six per cent of the region’s GDP.
Mobile technology has the tools and the capability of reaching farmers, providing them with the needed information and potentially link them up with the markets, locally and internationally. But do farmers know this?Or is it that technology is too far from them? What is missing? Information sharing along the agricultural value chain has been broken for a while now. Can technology be used to improve or encourage information sharing and communication within the agricultural value chain?
Join other discussants andstakeholders in the agricultural value chain as they discuss this on Wednesday, 30th July 2014, at the m: lab premises in one of their frequent meetup dubbed Wireless Wednesday. The event themed "How can mobile technology encourage information sharing within agricultural value chains." The event will attract mobile application developers, farmers, government representatives, NGOs, exporters, Investors, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector. The event is sponsored by USAID.
Date: 30th July 2014
Venue: m:lab East Africa Balcony
Time: 12.00 – 2.00 pm
Key discussants and invitees include:
- Grace Agili - Director, Agricultural Information Resource centre at Agricultural Information Resource Centre
- Phineas M'Ndaka, Extension Officer, Ministry Of Agriculture - Ngoliba
- Milton Lore, Chief of Party, Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine at Land O Lakes
- Pauline Wairimu Githinji, Impact Data Officer, Root Capital
- Farmers from Kisii, Kisumu, Ngoliba, Magadi, Lugari, Thika,
- Other invitees include representatives from Safaricom, Orange, Airtel, Technoserve, Amiran,GSMA, Kilimo Salama, Exporters among others
Seven Wireless Wednesday meetups on agriculture have been held since 2012. Recap articles on the meetups can be found below as follows :-