Is Digital Transformation in Nigerian Agriculture a Myth or Reality?

This blog was originally posted on the CDI Blog

There is a lot of hype about digital agriculture as the ‘next big thing’ after crude oil in Nigeria. Currently, there is hardly any debate on agricultural development in the Nigerian news and on social media platforms without the use of buzz words such as ‘digital disruption’ or ‘digital transformation’ in describing the future of Nigerian agriculture. But what are these digital innovations causing all the hype? They are digital platforms, developed over the past five years by start-ups, established by young Nigerian entrepreneurs. While some start-ups are self-funded, most have benefited from international funding and incubation programmes provided by the growing number of tech-hubs across Nigeria (see Figure 1) [1] [2]. Continue reading

Building a climate-smart cassava value chain: The role of partnerships

This is one of a two-part blog series following my visit to Kenya and Zanzibar. The trip was funded by CABI’s development bursary scheme.

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Group photo of ACAI project partners and cassava value chain representatives 

In June 2017, I attended a 5-day planning meeting organised by the Africa Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This meeting brought together all ACAI project partners to evaluate project milestones, discuss next-steps and identify scale-up strategies.

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Building a climate-smart value chain: The role of research and development

ACAI blog 1The first blog in this series described the Africa Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) and how it aims to improve cassava agronomy for increased production and productivity. The blog also talked about how ACAI partnerships could help build a climate-smart cassava value chain. This second interview blog is about the role research, development and technology in building a resilient cassava value chain. It talks about how research, and the application of improved cassava agronomic practices can help cassava farmers improve their production and productivity while adapting to climate change.

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Open data revolution: Constraints and opportunities for increased agricultural productivity and food security in Africa

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Research has shown that small scale and rural farmers are responsible for producing a large proportion of the food consumed in Africa. As a result, they have been the target of many agricultural development interventions, especially from the global north. These development efforts are mainly because of the ideology that building the capacity of these small scale farmers to efficiently produce more food will improve food security and nutrition in Africa. Continue reading