Innovate for agriculture: Young ICT entrepreneurs overcoming challenges and transforming agriculture
This report (PDF) from CTA demonstrates how young agro-entrepreneurs across the developing world are tackling some of the value chain’s most substantial challenges through using information communication technologies (ICT). The authors argue that when it comes to building a more efficient and equitable value chain, the potential impact of ICTs is more than incremental; it is catalytic. One reason for this is that through having better access to information, farmers can save time and faster access the information they need to support their work. An increasing number of young innovative entrepreneurs in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are developing ICTs for agriculture solutions to support agricultural value chains. In this way they are providing employment and livelihood opportunities. The report showcases different initiatives that use ICT to improve production, access to finance and access to markets. In the whole report 30 young innovators are introduced from countries including Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Jamaica, Senegal, Tanzania. The publication presents a multidimensional picture of the emerging field of ICT entrepreneurship in agriculture in developing countries. It describes challenges, successes stories and presents recommendations from youth on how to start and maintain ventures.