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Transforming Africa’s agriculture into a high-tech industry – #Video

Africa Goes Digital Inc. (AfGD) has been created in 2019 in the framework of the CTA-funded ‘Eyes in the Sky, Smart Techs on the Ground’ project.  In February 2020, the project has  has been selected as a ‘Champion’ within the E-Agriculture category at the 2020 World Summit on the Information […]

How drone technology impacts livelihoods: the case of Nsadwir, Ghana

Smallholder pineapple farmers in Ghana’s Central Region face different challenges when producing the varieties which are on high demand. Using drones and precision agriculture, the University of Cape Coast implemented a project to assist them optimise pineapple production to a commercial scale. With aerial views and index maps, farmers could […]

Mamy Muziga Ingabire: “We came up with demand-led solutions for using drones”

Managing director of Charis UAS, Mamy Muziga Ingabire, explains how her drone services company has evolved to respond to farmers’ information needs. What led you to launch the first unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company in Rwanda? In the beginning, we never had in mind that this innovation or idea was […]

SOWIT: digital imaging of agriculture in Africa

Remote sensing and artificial intelligence (AI) are being used by agri-tech start-up SOWIT to help African farmers in 15 countries optimise their crop yields. For Hamza Bendahou and Rkha Chaham, tomorrow’s agriculture will involve planting, fertilisation and irrigation, while also tapping the potential of algorithms and AI. These young entrepreneur […]

Harmonising Africa’s drone regulations

With decision EX.CL/Dec. 986-1007 (XXXII), the African Union (AU) has established one of the most important incentives for its member states – to use drones to boost Africa’s development and accelerate transformation on the continent. Indeed, drones have been used to solve many development problems in the fields of agriculture, […]

Drones could become one of the main drivers of agricultural growth in Senegal

Malick Diagne is the head of GeoRisk Afric, a company founded in March 2016. He attended training sessions on drone usage for precision agriculture organised by CTA and the French company, Parrot, as part of the “Eyes in the Sky” project. In this blog, using his 12 years’ experience in […]

CTA’s “Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report, 2018-2019” reveals great opportunities for investment

The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has published the Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report, 2018-2019. The report advocates for the digital agricultural transformation that can feed Africa. In his launch statement, the CTA Director, Michael Hailu stated, “With the right policies, innovation and investment, the continent’s agriculture […]

Burkina Faso enacts is own regulations governing the use of drones

As of 6 May 2019, Burkina Faso officially has a regulatory framework for the operation of remotely piloted aircraft systems. The document sets out the official conditions for the operation of remotely piloted aircraft systems, and is divided into two parts, namely Decree no. 20019/0013/MTMUSR/ SG/ANAC on technical conditions for […]

Le Burkina Faso promulgue sa réglementation sur l’utilisation des drones

Le Burkina Faso dispose maintenant officiellement depuis le 06 mai 2019, un cadre réglementaire relatif à l’exploitation des systèmes aériens télépilotés. Le document règlements les conditions officielles d’exploitation des systèmes aériens télépilotés et se subdivise en deux parties à savoir un arrêté N° 20019/0013/MTMUSR/SG/ANAC portant conditions techniques d’exploitation des systèmes […]

Women of Decade in Innovation and Leadership Award

The Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting was held this year in New Delhi, India with the theme of “Reimagining Societies: Reclaiming Humanity with Gender Equality.” This large global event hosts over 2000 women from 120 countries, coming together to foster empowering conversations, connections and collaborations among women entrepreneurs and […]