Knowledge Powers Development
Many farmers have very limited access to information, causing poor farming practice and low productivity in sub-Saharan Africa. This rice and cocoa value chain example demonstrates how mobile based ICT solutions can contribute to closing the knowledge gap.
Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the poorest regions in the world in terms of living standards. Over 60 per cent of the population are considered extremely poor, earning less than two US dollars per day per person. The population in rural areas mostly engage in farming, and their agricultural productivity is generally low.
Thus, enhancing agricultural productivity is essential for improving livelihoods and food security. Reasons for low productivity include biophysical factors (e.g. poor soil fertility, variable weather conditions), constraints related to policies, markets, and institutional arrangements and poor farming practices, the issue this article focuses on.
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