Presenter: Deogratious Afimani, Product Manager, Tech4Farmers
A small team at tech4farmers has been working on a big idea. Accessing market prices of agricultural products in real time, selling food items online and getting industry insights still remains a big challenge for farmers, traders, consumers and policymakers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The team has been working on a commodity exchange to provide a viable solution to these challenges and many other anticipated ones. Most of the people in Sub-Saharan Africa are still employed in informal sectors, the majority of them engaging in some form of farming, and open initiatives like tech4farmers come in handy for them, promoting sustainable agriculture by leveraging innovative uses of ICTs and Mobile phones. Agriculture is the backbone of our economies. Consistent adoption of ICTs by rural communities and smallholder farmers opens up enormous opportunities that could spur economic growth and development.