the digital revolution that is set to transform agriculture

the digital revolution that is set to transform agriculture

To tackle this, solutions such as Digifarm, a mobile platform for smallholder farmers, bundle together services such as skills training, loans, insurance and access to buyers in a “one-stop shop” used by farmers such as Theresia Muoti Yelo from Makueni. 
Although the failure of the rains meant that there was almost no green gram to harvest from the seeds she had bought from Digifarm, she’s confident that the platform’s insurance payout will see her through. 
Yet, while digital technology might be helping to turn around the fortunes of some farmers, not everyone believes innovation can replace government investments in things such as giving farmers deeds to their lands, literacy and communications. 
Taita Ngetich is one of a growing number of visionary Kenyan entrepreneurs that have helped earn the country the nickname ‘Silicon Savannah’.
As CEO of Illuminum Greenhouses, a company that automates irrigation using solar-powered sensors that can be controlled by farmers from their mobile phones, Mr Ngetich has clearly taken his own punt on agtech. Nevertheless, the young entrepreneur is realistic about the limits of technology.
“You need roads, you need electricity – you need basic infrastructure,” he says from the company’s office in one of Nairobi’s sleek tech hubs. “Even if you have an app that connects people to markets and you have a sensor that shows production, if farmers can’t take that produce to the market it’s pointless.”
It’s a dilemma 50-year-old Jospehine Katumbi Musau knows well. She’s among a group of farmers in Makueni who have been using weather information sent by text to local intermediaries to help them make planting decisions. 

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