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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
South Africa’s Digital Economy Stands out among Emerging Market

South Africa’s Digital Economy Stands out among Emerging Market

Business, Technology
whitepaper released by Accenture and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) revealed that although South Africa’s digital economy makes it a standout among its emerging market peers, the country’s digital adoption has not yet translated into industrial growth. According to the report, South Africa ranks ahead of India, Brazil, and Russia on digital competitiveness based on its strengths in areas such as technology skills, research and development expenditure, access to capital, regulatory frameworks, innovation ecosystems and ICT exports. The country now needs to embrace digital technologies to reinvent how its industrial sector operates and re-ignite economic growth. The report surveyed senior executives from leading South African companies in manufacturing and production s
The biggest game changer in African development is the internet

The biggest game changer in African development is the internet

Uncategorized
Information and communication technology is driving the new “knowledge-based” economy in the developed and developing world. However, internet access remains comparatively low in Africa, with internet penetration at 20% for the continent. There’s free Facebook, mobile banking, and the promise of cashless societies and digitised land records. And from Accra in the west to Kigali in the east, a spray of “tech hubs” talk about “leapfrogging” technology and incubating start-ups. Such are the giddy promises of Africa’s “fourth industrial revolution” – a giant step forward into the digital world which the Guardian is reporting on for the next two weeks. Some are salivating that it will amount to the renaissance of a marginalised continent, while others soberly warn of the hype. By 2
Digital technology to increase participation of women in reconstruction of Gaza Strip

Digital technology to increase participation of women in reconstruction of Gaza Strip

Internet, Technology, Women
Digital technology has revolutionized the world as never before. Various transformations have taken place in the global arena. The contribution of women in technology has been significant over the years. With financial support of the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, UN-Habitat and UN Women have launched a new innovative Programme to advance women’s and youth’s rights to participate in reconstruction and recovery efforts in Gaza. The UN-Habitat-UN Women joint programme will take advantage of digital tools and video games such as MineCraft and SaftiPin to support engagement of communities in the design of their public spaces, linking simultaneously with selected female architects from Gaza trained on the use of digital technologies for the development of gender inclusive, s

Technological initiatives prove Africa can catalyze Innovation

Mobile, Startups, Technology, Women
Africa has become the hub for innovation and digital communication. It is a continent that is rapidly embracing technology and with the highest record of internet penetration in the world. Many bodies have taken the initiatives of teaching the young generation and the whole population at large about ICT which has began to make a difference. Several African countries are on the lead with technological initiatives to push digital advancement in the continent. Rwanda’s has embraced technology at the primary school and university level through its One Laptop Per Child program and partnered with Carnegie Mellon University, creating a Kigali campus offering advanced degree programs in computer science and IT. The country is rolling out its 4G LTE program nationwide and is the highes