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ICT has a key role to play in transforming African agriculture

ICT has a key role to play in transforming African agriculture

Technology
"Work by CTA has demonstrated that ICTs have a key role to play in transforming African agriculture through improving productivity and market access and catalysing youth entrepreneurship,” says Michael Hailu, CTA director. “For example, one of the things we have been doing is to engage young ICT professionals through a hackathon to develop smart ICT solutions for an agricultural problem (e.g. helping smallholders to access credit). The winners are given mentoring support over a period of 6 months in business skills and so on, which allows them to grow their business and attract investors and donors.” Bringing ICTs to young entrepreneurs AgriHack Talent, a CTA supported project launched in 2013, encourages young entrepreneurs to apply their ICT knowledge to agricultural problems. Severa