Agriculture: Latest News
Staff, 7:26 am
The Kalahari is a semi-arid sandy savanna that stretches across huge areas of Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia. It is home to a wide variety of large mammals including giraffes, ostriches, gnus, and various species of gazelle. Food resources constantly change in the savanna as rainfall changes, from grazing pressure and as bush fires spread across the land. Enter Nicolas Rey at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne who have trained a machine-vision drones to do the job instead.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:25 am AFKI Original
There are a number of ways in which drone technology is positively impacting industries in Africa, with numerous sectors benefiting from the advantages that drone tech provides. Previously associated with warfare and destruction, drones of all shapes and sizes are now being developed to tackle everyday issues and empower communities across the continent. From agriculture to safety in shark-infested waters, drones have found their place in a modern African context.
Staff, 9:09 am
The role of Tunisia’s Agricultural Investments Promotion Agency, to promote investment in Tunisian agriculture. Neighboring Libya’s descent into unruly chaos has resulted in a marked decline in overall exports from Tunisia. Exports fell by 25 per cent during the 2016/17 season compared with the year before. “We aim to drive foreign direct investment into the sector,” confirms Rachid Belanes of APIA, “as well as into technology and trade. In Tunisia, we produce a wide variety of produce.”
Silicon Valley Incubator Funds Nigerian-American Startup To Help African Businesses Find Trustworthy PartnersBy Peter Pedroncelli, 4:29 am
Solving one of the most frequently sited problems in Nigerian agribusiness, Nigerian-American startup Releaf facilitates a business-to-business marketplace that enables Nigerian businesses to find customers and partners that they can trust. The startup, which is currently taking part in Y Combinator, has signed up around 1,000 African businesses since its public launch in Nigeria at the start of August.
Staff, 1:32 pm
From the Giza pyramids to the pharaonic tombs of Luxor, Egypt’s ancient monuments are holding onto mysteries which researchers aim to unravel with cutting-edge technology. For more than 200 years since Napoleon Bonaparte landed in Egypt with a retinue of scholars who laid the groundwork for modern Egyptology, experts have used science to unlock the secrets of the country’s ancient treasures. In the 21st century,scientists have been using electronic devices and chemical testing to date artifacts.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:26 am AFKI Original
As with many sectors in modern business, the agricultural industry in Africa is embracing technology to enhance production and ensure a more profitable future. Tech is able to reduce costs, upskill farm workers and save effort and time in Africa’s largest economic sector. From drone tech to mobile apps that assist farmers, Africa is a pioneer on the agritech front, and the technologies that are being incorporated into agriculture are helping to put food on the tables of people all over the world.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:29 am
South African farmers in the Western Cape have found valuable ways to use drone technology to boost their agricultural output and methods, leading to an upskilled workforce and general cost cutting. Elsenburg farmers are using drones to conduct general monitoring flyovers, assess vegetation health, track and monitor animals which may need assistance, as well as to assess stressed zones among crops that require watering and fertilisation.
Staff, 3:10 pm
Security has long been a major concern at wildlife reserves in Africa, where rhino and elephant populations have been decimated by poachers in recent years. But a park in Rwanda is betting on a new networking technology to change that. Rwanda’s Akagera National Park recently launched a new system that allows park rangers to monitor animals, visitors, and equipment in real-time. Developed by ShadowView and Internet of Life, the “smart park” system is based on a Long Range Wide-Area Network.
Staff, 7:45 am
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, attended a demonstration of how technology can be applied in agriculture to stimulate jobs. The event took place at the head office of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Elsenburg, and was led by its research division. Winde, who has made innovation across the economy a top priority, explained how technology could accelerate change in this sector: “We’ve seen across Africa how technology can help us leapfrog other economies.”
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:56 am
The World Bank and venture capital firm Nest have announced a call for applications for the Agritech Challenge 2017 in Kenya. The initiative is the first open innovation program of its kind in Kenya, and it is aimed at connecting promising startups and innovators with one of the region’s leading agribusiness corporates. The AgriTech Challenge, which is sponsored by the World Bank, aims to spur collaborative innovation within the agricultural sector in Kenya.
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