Agtech operations in Africa have picked up momentum as every country is taking proactive steps to guide against the threat of food insecurity that looms.
Agtech is the application of technology in agriculture that goes beyond machines but involves both soft technology applications to ensure better agricultural processes and practices.
Agtech startups evolve various ways to ensure that there is food security. Many African countries are known for their agricultural prowess.
In North Africa, there have emerged various Agtech startups using various approaches to solve agricultural problems.
Here are the top five agtech startups in the North African region in no particular order
This agtech startup is located in Morocco. AgriEdge aims to provide precision services to farmers thereby improving farm produce output and generally reducing farming costs.
The Morocco startup uses combined data analysis to evaluate and determine whether a chosen farmland has the optimum requirements for an intended seed to be planted in the farmland for maximum yield
AgriEdge also has a marketplace platform where farm produce is sold. AgriSoo9, as the platform is called is open to farmers and cooperatives in Morocco to advertise and sell their goods
This agtech startup is located in Cairo, Egypt. Plug’n’Grow develops Hydroponic and Aquaponics based agricultural solutions.
These solutions tend to maximize renewable energy while limiting the use of nonrenewable energy as much as possible. Plug’n’Grow provides growers that have improved output and quality rates.
Plug’n’Grow through its activities is combating food security as well as reducing activities that affect climate change adversely.
This is another Egypt-based agtech startup, however, Askova uses a different and unique approach to involving technology in agriculture.
Askova developed a prototype wind turbine to accelerate the speed of wind in agricultural farms. The position of Egypt to the equator among other factors makes the wind not to be strong for farming processes.
Askova’s wind turbine prototype has a special casing that accelerates wind speed while concentrating the wind to blow in areas with inadequate wind speed. The wind turbine is also designed to be economic.
Askova has so many awards, cash prizes, and partnerships and this is helping the startup take their brand global while also increasing their product development.
This agtech startup is located in Morocco, it focuses on distributing agtech products and also offering agtech consultation services.
Agtech.consulting offers its services to both private and public corporations. Also, they work in collaboration with other organizations to ensure that agtech processes are seamless.
Their partners include Stellar network of companies, Afficher plus, Thinkbio, and LLEAF. These companies have different agtech product offerings, together their services are all-encompassing.
This agtech is located in Egypt. Wastilizer produces fertilizers from animal wastes. The animal waste is processed by passing through biogas which turns it into a slurry.
These fertilizers produced are bioorganic and it’s beneficial as it saves money for the farmer and recycles waste. The fertilizer increases the quality of crops and their output.
There are Agtech discussions and calls for submission of ideas with regards to agtech in other North African countries as well.
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