30 Million small farmers are set to reap abundantly from technology enhanced smart farming courtesy of Microsoft. The farmers who are splattered across 11 countries will enjoy vibrant agribusiness that will guarantee food security.
Microsoft through Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative partnered with Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) to co-create technological solutions for farming. In the deal, the Software giant is keen on encouraging use of big data and Artificial Intelligence for effective digital transformation.
“We’re excited to continue our work with Agra in building locally-relevant technology solutions that are mindful of challenges local farmers face, offering solutions to farmers and policy makers alike to deliver meaningful impact,” said Microsoft 4Afrika Regional Director, Amrote Abdella.
Consequently, the partnership hopes to provide skill development at Agra and helping struggling smallholder farmers thrive in business.
In addition, Microsoft and Agra are working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives to significantly accelerate the transformation of the agriculture ecosystem in line with the recently launched Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy for digitisation.
Over the recent past, Microsoft has had a series of ongoing investment in agri-tech across the region. So far, Microsoft has supported expansion of FarmBeats, a data driven farming project designed to increase farm productivity and reduce costs.