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Agritools: a new interactive platform to discover ICT4Ag projects and startups from Africa

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Submitted by Eliz-de on Mon, 01/06/2015 - 12:21
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Agritools is the first multimedia research project that try to explain how African tech innovations and technology-based startups are revolutionizing the agribusiness sector and promoting the development of cultural values and rural policies.

The project visits some cutting edge African countries in the use of ICTs in this sector and maps major innovative projects. Aside from covering these stories, the main objective of Agritools is to investigate the impact resulting from this digital revolution on lives of local people and on their relationship with the land, food and traditions.

More than eight stories are covered from four different African countries, together with two research trips to the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in Wageningen (Netherland) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome (FAO) in Rome (Italy).

The projects that are looked at in each country are several, as Sooretul and Daral Technologies in Senegal, Farmerline and Moringa Connect in Ghana, Ensibuuko and FIT Uganda in Uganda, KRDP and ADS ICT Programme in Kenya. What are the major advantages resulting from the use of these ICTs? Can they be useful tools of promoting employment of youth in the agricultural areas? How can be the next development actions of the international development sector to efficiently promote this innovative sector? Are these projects and their business models sustainable?

Agritools wants to make the results, usually defined within the universities and private sector, accessible to everyone. For this reason, beside the video publication on the map, all the reportages will be published in national and international newsrooms with the aim of reaching not only the experts of the sector, but also the general public audience.

The project makes use of two research tools:

+ An interactive map of Africa, where we broadcast short video documentaries with stories covered from Senegal, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana and a space with the research trip videos from Netherlands and Italy.

+ A crowdsourced storytelling space in collaboration with e-agriculture, where we collect stories from the field by giving voices to the African ICT for agriculture initiatives and inserting them into the map.

Beside this investigation, our objective is to map the innovative stories and the factors that lead them to succeed. Thanks to the collaboration with e-agriculture, we want to create a tool of interaction and a network of people who work in the sector, where youth can understand the real value of working in agriculture and learn more through our research videos and stories. The project has just been launched and research material like videos, reportages and pictures will be constantly published in the next months.

Are you a startup, a group of young people, a farmer or an organization that leads an ICT project in the primary sector (agriculture, fisheries or livestock)? Write your story and send us your experience. You will be published on the Agritools map and in e-agriculture platform, with the  possibility to be part of an innovative network and give visibility to your project!

The next Agritools step will be the creation of local hubs of young people interested in the topic, who will be able to explore the sector and sensitize other youngsters to work in agriculture. We are open to welcome people from all over Africa, so if you are interested to create a local group and replicate Agritools in your country, or you just want to have more general information, please write an email to: info@agritools.org, we will wait for your feedbacks!

 

Some Videos

Youth in agriculture: possibilities and opportunities

Ken Lohento, ICT4D Programme Coordinator at CTA, about the importance of young people involvement in agriculture.

Watch it in Agritools.

 

E-agriculture, an exchanging infromation patform

Sophie Treinen, Information and Knowledge Management Officer at FAO, about the e-Agriculture platform.

Watch it in Agritools!

The project is funded by the Journalism Grant, though the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Journalism Centre.