In a recent announcement, IBM made its intentions to empower Agritech startups across Africa.
The Digital4Agriculture Initiative is conceived to encourage Agricultural practices across the African Ecosystem.
IBM is poised to promote more involvement in the agricultural sector, improve the standard of living of local farmers, ensure food sustainability by enabling more efficient farming processes.
The IBM Weather Company, Digital4Agriculture provides African companies with a regular update on weather forecasts using their technical expertise and efficient business processes.
Reliable weather readings have been a major challenge for startup agricultural practitioners due to the lack of required infrastructure and access to internet connectivity or affordable mobile communication gadgets.
IBM Public Sector account executive Florian Scheil said “Small farmers are the backbone of Africa’s food supply and their success and quality of life depends largely on having reliable weather data and insights.
We are proud to provide African farmers with weather information and services accessible to help them better manage and improve their crop production.”
The project over the last three years has designed a three-stage, interactive e-learning training platform powered by tech experts from the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and IBM Services; based on high-resolution weather data provided by The Weather Company.
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