TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft to Co-Create Agri-Tech Solutions to Help Ethiopia and Others

Microsoft, through its 4Afrika Initiative, has today announced a new collaboration with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to co-create technology solutions in agriculture that will impact Ethiopia and ten other countries. Announced at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the collaboration will support AGRA’s digital transformation as it works to improve food security for 30 million farming households across 11 countries, including Ethiopia, by 2021.

Through the partnership, Microsoft and AGRA will explore the uses of big data and artificial intelligence in enabling data-driven, precision farming that increases farm productivity and profitability. The partnership will also support farmers in adopting new technologies through digital training content, develop digital skills in agriculture through an internship program, and support policy advocacy and government engagement around the design of national agriculture digitization strategies.

This partnership forms part of Microsoft’s ongoing investment in agri-tech across the continent. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that its Africa Development Centre would help to advance AI innovation in agriculture, including the expansion of FarmBeats. In addition, Microsoft has supported a number of African agri-tech start-ups and companies, including SunCulture, Virtual City, N-Frnds and Twiga Foods. Continue reading…

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