As part of its continued efforts to promote youth entrepreneurs and ICT solutions for agriculture, in collaboration with ITU, CTA is staging a number of events at the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland - the world's largest annual gathering of the ICT for development community.
The following two sessions are planned:
- Thursday May 5, 09:00 to 12:00 – Plug and Play: Showcasing ICT innovations for sustainable agri-food systems
- Thursday May 5, 15:00 to 16:30 – Workshop: Accelerating ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship to promote youth livelihoods and sustainable development
CTA has invited seven ICT4Ag start-ups from Africa, Caribbean and EU which will be involved in the planned sessions. Their innovations include AgroCentral, a cloud-based platform that links agri-businesses to their suppliers, FarmDrive, which improves access to credit for smallholder farmers, MOBIS, which offers banking software for Savings and Credit Cooperatives, Musoni, a core-banking system, CropGuard and PEAT, two apps to help farmers recognise and treat plant pathogens and nutrient deficiencies.
The WSIS Forum will also see the launch of two new ICT for agriculture publications produced by CTA. One of these, Innovate for Agriculture, presents about 30 ICT-based entrepreneurial ventures created by young innovators mainly from African and Caribbean countries. The second booklet, Failing to Scale, looks at the other side of the coin, examining case studies of nine ICT4Ag initiatives that showed good promise, but which failed to scale beyond the initial funding. Participants will be have the opportunity to win print copies.
More information on these activities here http://bit.ly/CTA-WSIS-events