Young Africans adopt technologies to transform agriculture
Africa loses a good percentage of its food after harvest and most farmers still use rudimentary technologies to cultivate and care for their crops. These scenarios have hampered the continent’s quest for food security over the years.
Fortunately, the situation is slowly changing as the continent’s young people engage in innovative agro-industries to provide solutions for farmers.
Some of the technologies were on display at an Africa Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa.
“Africa does not really lack food security. We produce in abundance. What is missing are the facilities and technologies for storage and processing, ”said Tracy Kimathi, founding director of a company that provides solar cold storage services. His company provides pay-as-you-go services that are ideal for farmers and traders in both urban and rural areas.
“Our affordable solar storage facilities allow people to store meat, fruits and vegetables overnight at low cost to prevent spoilage,” she said.
For Chidinma Eriobu, founder of a Nigerian company that makes foods like snacks and flour, the focus is on processing and packaging.
“We look for local products that are good for people, process them and package them,” she said. “Technology has made it easier for people to process African food and prepare it for people. “
Eriobu’s business model has provided market access to hundreds of farmers in Nigeria, giving a lifeline to traditional foods that were initially abandoned by farmers due to lack of market.
Dexter Tangocci, co-founder of the drone company in South Africa, offers drone spraying services to small farmers. The company has so far sprayed more than 1,700 hectares by drones in the country.
With drone spraying, he said, agricultural production becomes more sustainable because farmers do not suffer waste. Tangocci’s goal is that by 2030, aerial spraying will be mainstreamed in most African farming communities.
The Africa Green Revolution Forum opened in Nairobi on Tuesday, with around 7,000 participants, including African presidents, agriculture ministers and experts, in attendance virtually to discuss ways to transform the continent’s food systems. and accelerate progress towards eradicating hunger and poverty.
The event, themed “Pathways to Recovery and Resilient Food Systems”, runs through Friday. Final element