Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

WEBINAR: Sustainable Agriculture: Where Are We Headed After 2020? (Session 2)

  • What is the role of gender equality and financial inclusion in enhancing farmer livelihoods?
  • How can technology help mitigate risks and make global farming communities resilient?
  • What is the significance of sustainable supply chains in today's world?

In Africa, the exponential growth rate of internet penetration and the availability of smartphones at an affordable price has resulted in youngsters becoming more digitally literate and well-connected at a global level. The digital revolution in agriculture has undoubtedly increased engagement, productivity, and income for youth in the sector. 
“Key to most of these roles is the use of technology which often aligns to the youth’s perception of quality work being technology-driven or technology-supported,” Sieka Gatabaki, the Deputy Program Director of Mercy Corps’s AgriFin Program
Mercy Corps’s AgriFin Program is a multi-partner program launched in 2012 with the support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and then further supported by the Mastercard Foundation and Gates Foundation. The objective is to identify the needs of the smallholder farmers and provide an effective platform for global partners to design, test, and scale high-impact digital solutions. 

Thus far, the program has benefited 5.5 million smallholder farmers across Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The key areas of innovation that AgriFin focuses on are: 

💡 Product and Service Development for Smallholders 
💡 Last Mile Distribution Networks
💡 Farmer Capability Tool Development and Testing 
💡 Technology Startup Acceleration 
💡 Alternative Data & Credit Scoring
🔅 Learn more about the partnership -
🔅 Read the full interview with Mr.Gatabaki -

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