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Agriculture industry in Angola and Lesotho receives US$50m boost

Efforts to improve agriculture productivity in Southern Africa got a boost following the World Bank Board approval of a US$50 million project to increase the availability of agricultural technologies in Angola and Lesotho. This will be done under the ongoing World Bank financed Agriculture Productivity Program for Southern Africa (APPSA) involving three other countries in […]

African technology to be showcased at International CES in Las Vegas

The African entrepreneurship ecosystem is to be showcased at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. At the crossroads of electronics, computers, mobile devices, home automation, Internet of Things, Robotics, E-health and connected cars, International CES is aimed at innovative companies around the world. Called AfricaTech Now, the African event at CES […]

Leveraging the capabilities of IoT to transform the sugar industry

The Royal Swazi Sugar Corporation (RSSC) is a sugar manufacturer based in the north-east corner of Swaziland. It spans around 20 000 hectares of sugar cane-producing farmland plus two mills that produce the sugar for the European and SADC markets. The organisation turned to SAP solutions and Britehouse, a division of Dimension Data, to streamline […]

Demonstration Day held to take Namibian biomass industry forward

The first Biomass Technology Demonstration Day has taken place to showcase the current solutions to the bush encroachment problem in Namibia and take the Namibian biomass industry forward. Namibia Biomass Industry Group (N-BiG) General Manager Colin Lindeque says the event was attended by over 400 people and comprised a diverse group of representatives from the […]

African Development Bank President calls for tech transfer to farmers

The President of the African Development Bank Group has made an urgent call to give farmers across the continent new technologies with the potential to transform agricultural production. Akinwumi Adesina said the technology transfer was needed immediately and that evidence from countries like Nigeria demonstrated that technology and strong government backing was already yielding positive results. “Technologies […]

Bridging the divide in Burkina Faso: How tech is changing lives

Technology is playing an important role in improving the lives of some of the poorest members of the population in Burkina Faso. Intelligent CIO explores some of these technologies – from improved digital infrastructure to Blockchain and innovative new farming tools – which are helping to bridge the digital divide in the west African country. World […]

LoyaltyPlus’ refined AgriBonus helps SA’s agriculture flourish

A ground-breaking revenue generating programme has adapted to local market conditions to ensure 20 years of business-building benefit to commercial farmers. In 1998, leading CRM software manufacturer LoyaltyPlus was approached to introduce a loyalty programme to encourage commercial farmers in South Africa to continue their membership with not-for-profit producers’ organisations, formally traditional agricultural boards that […]

Large number of African entries for Fall Armyworm Tech Prize

Nesta, on behalf of Feed the Future, has announced that 228 applications were received, mostly from Africa, for the global Fall Armyworm Tech Prize. The prize aims to find digital solutions to identify, track and protect crops from the pest, which has devastated agricultural produce across the continent. USAID’s Digital Inclusion team believes that with […]

Software from 6d Technologies overcomes connectivity problems in rural Africa

Field agents working for telcos are being helped to overcome problems with poor connectivity in rural parts of Africa. The deployment of Engrafi from 6d Technologies across Chad, Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania and Angola has enabled a quick and convenient subscriber registration process despite connectivity problems. Engrafi allows subscribers to register themselves with quick digitalised forms, ensuring authentic verification of the user […]

BCX and GE partner to bring innovation to farming in Africa

Collaborative partners BCX, an information and communications technology company, and GE, a worldwide digital industrial enterprise, have developed an integrated agri-tech solution tailored for South African and African agricultures. The Digital Farm, created by BCX and GE, allows stakeholders to manage, predict, and control inputs and outputs across the agricultural supply chain. The solution will […]

Eseye and Bukard unearthing the Internet of Things in agriculture

IoT M2M connectivity specialist Eseye has partnered with Burkard, designers and builders of air samplers for agricultural research since 1953, to harness the power of the IoT. Burkard has developed a piece of real time pathogen monitoring equipment to predict and provide an early warning system of crop disease risk. The collaboration with Eseye and […]

Why agriculture is the first frontier of African innovation

Article by Ashley Boag, Chief Business Officer at SAP Africa In 2050, Africa’s population will double to 2.4 billion people, accounting for a fifth of the global population. At the same time, the continent will need to create 20 million new jobs every year to meet the demands of what will be the world’s largest […]