Issue Brief & Video – Overcoming Challenges to Digital Agribusiness Start-Ups in Developing Countries
Digital agriculture is only an emerging sector in the developing world, and those trying to introduce it face enormous challenges to deliver impacts at scale while being economically autonomous. This brief and video outline some of the key challenges as a contribution to discussions about how to bring about the next agricultural revolution – the digital agricultural revolution.
Digital agriculture – the use of data and information technologies to increase the efficiency and profitability of agriculture and related value chains to deliver more and better food – has transformed agriculture and food production in North America, Europe and Australia. But we need to deliver its benefits to small-scale operations in developing countries to help them deal with the challenges they are facing.
Agriculture globally is facing enormous challenges. Key among these are the prospect of feeding nearly 10 billion people by 2050 in the face of climate change and increasing shortages of land, water, and other inputs. To do this, agriculture needs a major shot in the arm – and digital agriculture offers the prospect of providing this.
But digital agriculture is only an emerging sector in the developing world, and those trying to introduce it face enormous challenges to deliver impacts, at scale, while being economically autonomous. Therefore we joined forces in order to develop a brief and a video based on findings from a recent workshop organized by CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU) that brought together over a dozen entrepreneurs and practitioners from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries whom we interviewed about the main challenges they face in the digital agribusiness in developing counties.
February 7, 2019
Coordinator - Data-Driven Agronomy Community of Practice
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)