Microsoft, through its 4Afrika Initiative, has announced a new collaboration with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to co-create technology solutions in agriculture. Announced at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the collaboration will support AGRA’s digital transformation as it works to improve food security for 30 million farming households across 11 countries, including Ghana, by 2021.
This partnership will provide the platform for Microsoft and AGRA to explore the uses of big data and artificial intelligence in enabling data-driven, precision farming that increases farm productivity and profitability. It will also support farmers in adopting new technologies through digital training content and develop digital skills in agriculture through an internship programme. Policy advocacy and government engagement around the design of national agriculture digitisation strategies will also be a highpoint.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that its Africa Development Centre would help to advance AI innovation in agriculture, including the expansion of FarmBeats. In addition, Microsoft has supported a number of African agritech start-ups and companies, including SunCulture, Virtual City, N-Frnds and Twiga Foods.
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Source:: Ventures Africa