Connected agriculture: a new wave of opportunity for farmers

It has long been known that mobile phones can transform lives in Africa. But as a surge in demand for food in emerging economies puts intense pressure on vulnerable smallholder farmers, it is clear that wireless communications must be used more effectively to tackle a potential crisis of productivity and sustainability in remote rural regions. The question is why such a ubiquitous and simple tool has not been applied more creatively. As land becomes scarce, intensive farming practices need to be combined with approaches that protect natural resources from unsustainable exploitation. In many emerging countries, well over half of people have mobile phone access and many already benefit from wireless money transfer and other services. But as the world calls on smallholder farmers to improve the efficiency of food production while safeguarding the environment, it is time to exploit this affordable and easily deployed technology to its full potential. Read more here.


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