Digital Farming – the GAME CHANGER in Africa’s Agriculture
Food availability is a critical issue in Africa. Moreover, 80% of food is provided by poor smallholder farmers. Digitalizing farming will reduce POVERTY and HUNGER.
Digital farming has the potential to contribute meaningful livelihood improvements not only for smallholder farmers but for the entire population of Africa. Apart from contributing to better nourishment and higher crop yields on the continent, digital farming will have a positive impact on environmental sustainability and climate change resilience.
Digitalization will consequently translate into higher income for farmers as well as all other
stakeholders along the agriculture value chain and create more employment possibilities.
From Space to Smallholder Farmers
Remote sensing in combination with artificial intelligence generates reliable agriculture related data. As a result of digitally-generated information, better agronomic solutions become available to farmers which increases their yields and income.
We are collaborating with our European partner Andrii Sevryukov and his team from AgriEye, an agri-tech company with world wide experience in using artificial intelligence for efficient food production.
The farmers get information about:
- Real time data of plants and health of plants
- Real time data of soil moisture
- Advanced irrigation plans
- Historical data (3-15 years available)
- Monitoring of plant quality
- Weather and harvest forecasts
Communicated in simple uncomplicated language by field agents who also collect feedback and train the farmers in digital literacy.
What is in it for the farmers?
Farmers participating in the program will be accompanied by GSU throughout their farm planning, crop and animal production and their access to local and international markets. Essential information necessary for improved harvests and better income are tailored for the farmers or cooperatives.
At the heart of the matter this means higher productivity, better access to local and international markets and less waste (up to 50% rots in Africa before using, due to the lack of transport, storage facilities and selling opportunities).
Adhering to our principles, we implement saving groups and organize regular meetings for sharing ideas, coming together, enjoying and learning from each other. We develop a ‘train the trainer’ concept and establish ‘lead’ farmers and mentoring programs.
We are very proud to have two new experts with a lot of experience on board.
Andrii Sevryukov for digital farming and
Dr. Louis Amprako for sustainable and organic agriculture
Deep dive into the digital farming process
which empower and enable smallholder farmers through impact investment while generating income along the complete value chain of farming products.
that will promote local food consumption and local food trade to sustain local agribusinesses.
Creating national and
by empowering smallholder farmers to supply quality farm produce to e.g. open markets, hotels, restaurants, boarding schools and facilitating international markets for Africa’s premium products as coffee, cacao, fruits and vegetables.