Agro-pastoral transformation via ICTs

13 septembre 2020
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Agro-pastoral producers in Cameroon’s North Region and ICT start-ups with digital innovations in the agro-pastoral sector are sharing experiences on how digital solutions can be integrated in farming practices to boost production and augment income levels. This, is taking place within the framework of a three-day forum on agro-pastoral transformation via ICTs, organised by ANTIC in Garoua, 09-11 September 2020. Six innovative digital solutions are being showcased at the forum taking place under the theme “Strengthening the resilience of the agro-pastoral sector via ICTs.” Conversations are hinged on: drones at the service of agriculture; agriculture and artificial intelligence; digital opportunities in the agro-pastoral sector-case of CAMAGRO; using GPS for the localisation of agro-pastoral products –case of SODECOTON; second generation agriculture; the use of new technology in the livestock sector and the impact of ICTs in agro-pastoral projects. Speaking at the forum opening, 09 September 2020, ANTIC’s Technical Adviser N° 1, Essiane Ella Justin, while representing the Director General, stated that ICT innovations have emerged as enablers of growth and economic development and agro-pastoral stakeholders should therefore strive to integrate ICTs in their production chains in a bid to effectively boost revenue and meet the ever-growing needs of food consumers. By urging farmers to modernize and enhance their farming practices through the use of ICTs, ANTIC is also valorising and encouraging young developers of innovative digital platforms to create and build businesses in the agricultural sector, he noted. The forum is taking place within the framework of ANTIC’s mission of promoting ICT development in Cameroon and seeks to lay the basis for the assessment of the impact of ICTs on agricultural production as well as the setting up of a local digital hub that will bring together ICT tools and software to improve on the efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural activities in Cameroon.

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