How technology can help achieve sustainable Agriculture in Africa

The aim of sustainable agriculture is to meet society’s food and textile needs in the present without compromising on the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable agriculture fits into and complements modern agriculture. It rewards the true values of producers and their products. It draws and learns from organic farming. It works on farms and ranches large and small, harnessing new technologies and renewing the best practices of the past.

Sustainable agriculture makes positive to three things: Food security, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability. For this to be achieved, governments need to invest in small-scale farmers who contribute to about 70% to the country’s food basket.

The small scale farmers are faced with challenges such as poor infrastructure, use of backward or outdated technologies and the inability to connect to markets and extension services. Technology can therefore help provide agricultural extension services which enable the farmers to access the skills, tools, inputs and knowledge they need to thrive. The digital Farm service is one of the innovations that aims to improve farmers productivity by bridging the extension services gap.

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