Emerging innovations in ICTs

Originally written on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 The conference will help to address the ‘inclusive’ component of ICT4Ag, or the idea that no one will be left out. It is imperative that emerging innovations support rather than exclude stakeholders in the agricultural sector. A vast number of ICT solutions have emerged in recent years that…

A living database for ICT4Ag

Originally written on Sunday, 15 February 2015 In your article in the last issue of ICT Update you mentioned that we need to coordinate efforts to monitor the impact of applications since there are so many of them. Have there been any positive signs during your stream sessions that this may be accomplished? Yes, this…

Revolutionising finance for agricultural value chains

Originally written on Tuesday 22 April 2014 Lamon Rutten and Benjamin Addom discuss the far-reaching changes that are needed to revolutionise finance for agri-value chains. The Oxford English Dictionary’s first definition of ‘revolution’ is ‘a Unking farmers forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system’. When discussing how to change…

Super platforms – going beyond bundling digital solutions

Originally written on Tuesday, 7 January 2020 Solutions that bundle multiple digital agricultural services have the capacity to unlock the potential of smallholder farmers. However, emerging ‘super platforms’ are complex and their impacts need to be carefully assessed before widely promoted in Africa. A super platform is a type of digital agricultural solution which bundles…

Innovative digitalisation project transitions into promising business

Originally written on Sunday, 15 February 2015 BLOG A recurring question in agricultural development is how to transition successful donor-funded initiatives into self-sustaining, smallholder-focused businesses. One of CTA’s most innovative digitalisation projects, the Market-led, User-owned ICT4Ag-enabled Information Service (MUIIS), is proving it can be done. The MUIIS project was established in September 2015 with support from the…

How Local Farmers Innovate!

I conducted a study recently in over 50 rural communities from three regions in Ghana to understand how local farmer innovate. Below is the process that I have identified through interviews and focus group discussions. The local farmers usually make attempts to address their problems when faced with challenges during their farming activities. When these…