The Seedstars Africa Summit will be bringing together the best tech startup talent from around the African continent in December. The third annual Seedstars Africa Summit will take place on Dec. 14 in Mozambique, with all of the winners of the various Seedstars World competitions throughout Africa attending the event. Seedstars World holds these events in around 70 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.
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A collection of applications designed to provide farmers with timely information on climate change, crops, livestock and diseases affecting them for informed decision making have been tested for effectiveness. One of the applications will provide data on state of weather, amount of rain and soil humidity, and livestock performance to ensure better farm management and productivity, as well as market information on produce.The apps will reduce the effects of climate change, and diseases on crops,.
Staff, 8:16 pm
The 15-member group named ‘Esteem Eagles Welfare Youth Group’ started farming together. Initially it was a merry-go round, before they decided to pool resources and venture into greenhouse farming. Hydroponics is a modern system of farming where plants are grown in liquid, sand, gravel with added nutrients but without use of soil. After deliberations the group approached the National Government’s Youth Fund for help. The members resorted to fetching soils from Kiraro, part of Mount Kenya forest.
Staff, 1:54 pm
New technology has exploded onto the agricultural scene, and it’s never been more affordable for smallholder farms. Technology should be seen as a weapon that fights poverty while improving nutrition, said Enock Chikava, deputy director of agricultural development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. One such technology is a a phone app that can identify plant diseases. Rural African farmers can take a photo of any diseased leaf and the app will identify disease with 95 percent accuracy.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:06 am
New York and Nairobi-based agri-tech company, Gro Intelligence, has secured funding from alternative asset firm TPG’s middle market and growth equity platform, TPG Growth. The agricultural analytics business announced Series A-2 financing led by TPG Growth, alongside Data Collective and unnamed strategic family offices. With global investment in food and agribusiness growing fast, demand for insightful, reliable data on the sector has never been greater, and this is where Gro Intelligence comes in.
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Conservancy rangers increased security by cutting down on theft, road banditry and cattle raiding, and when conflict did flare, NRT elders would intervene to de-escalate the situation before fighting could break out. Established in 2004, the NRT currently supports 35 community conservancies spanning some 17,300-square miles in northern and coastal Kenya – making up an area larger than Denmark. Over 600,000 people there live alongside elephants, rhinos, lions, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and more.
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Ghana will apply technology to cut down the huge foreign exchange spent on the cost of food importation, the country’s Minister for Food and Agriculture said. Ghana spent a total of $2.2 billion to import cereals consumed locally in 2016 as compared to $345 million in 2007. He said the government will engage small farmers and support them with relevant technology to enhance agricultural productivity. The strategy is to transform agriculture by introducing new technology to small-scale farmers.
Staff, 5:09 pm
The practice involves draping wet soil in a special kind of polythene film to conserve moisture. I visited Kathama, a tiny village in Machakos, where I discovered remarkable farming techniques. This is a novice innovation with great capacity in a water scarce area. In Kathama, I connected with one Joseph Mwanzia; an ageing farmer who uses plastic film technology. By using the technology, he had increased his maize production three-fold. The plastic film technology is an effective technology.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:51 am
A total of 11 Cameroonian tech startups have been selected to take part in the country’s local Seedstars World competition on September 29, with the winner of the early-stage startup contest in Douala earning the right to pitch to investors at a final in Switzerland next year. The global tech startup competition will be the first-ever Seedstars event in Cameroon, with the 11 startups who were announced this week pitching to a panel of judges.
Staff, 12:21 pm
Anyona is among a growing army of farmers changing the East African nation’s agriculture sector, giving it a new face. Millions of youth are now venturing into it. Armed with a smart phone, laptop and the internet, the new crop of farmers have engineered a revolution that has not only changed the perception towards farming but is also contributing to the country’s efforts in achieving food security. “This is my third year in farming. Technology has made it easier to navigate,” Anyona said.
Kurt Davis Jr., 9:47 am AFKI Original
The re-election of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), and a brave decision by Jose Eduardo dos Santos to step down should be celebrated, but with this development comes a list of opportunities and challenges. The stepping down of President dos Santos should not be understated for its rarity in the context of politics in other sub-Saharan African countries.
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