Agricultural Technology (Ag-Tech) Working Group
The Ag-tech Working Group was created at the 2018 AMEA Global Convening in Delft, Netherlands with a goal to curate, disseminate, and promote disruptive and appropriate Ag-tech that increase farmer professionalism, incomes and promote sustainable production. Regular online meetings were held throughout 2019 to unpack and refine this goal. Subsequently, a set of criteria was created and endorsed by the AMEA members active within the Ag-tech WG.
The criteria were created to ensure that the Ag-tech promoted by AMEA provide local networks and AMEA members with:
Member organization endorsed technologies
Technologies appropriate for use with smallholder farmers
Disruptive new technologies
Launch 1st edition of the AMEA Ag-tech Guide
Research and complete the 2nd edition of the Guide with new topic area to be published in 2021
Regularly engage with local networks to gather Ag-tech endorsements and more detailed case studies
Include Ag-tech companies, software developers and other service providers in Working Group meetings
Create new values for current and future AMEA members and accelerate their collective and individual efforts to bring systemic change to the agricultural sectors in AMEA local network countries
The AMEA Ag-Tech Guide for Advancing Professional Farmer Organizations
The first edition of the AMEA Ag-tech Guide was developed in 2019 as a result of Working Group meetings, research and collaboration. Launched during IFC's 'Digital Disruption in Agriculture Forum 2020', the guide contains a set of Ag-tech profiles which enhance supply chain management and information communication for extension.
As the Ag-tech Working Group and the AMEA local networks mature there is increasing opportunity for deeper collaboration and more regular feedback loops to be established. Strengthening these feedback loops can increase the value of subsequent editions of the Guide by
Integrating “farmer-user experiences” within the Ag-tech profiles
Increasing the number of nationally derived Ag-tech profiled and promoted
Iocalizing the endorsements for the Ag-tech
The Ag-Tech Working Group organizes regular webinars with leading Ag-Tech providers and other relevant stakeholders. These sessions are interactive, informative and open to all!
Kucheza - March 2021
Kucheza improves the position of smallholder farmers in the value chain by creating an entrepreneurial mindset, increasing financial literacy, and improving collaboration among farmers through game-based learning.
hiveonline - December 2020
hiveonline uses blockchain technology to help community savings groups (VSLAs) improve record-keeping, transparency and provide them with a financial history that can shared with Microfinance institutions.
TruTrade Africa - October 2020
TruTrade is a social enterprise providing smallholder farmers with a reliable route to market and fair prices. Services include a mobile trading/payment platform, a network of sourcing agents and trade finance.
SCOPEinsight and partners piloted remote assessments in four countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This webinar with the IFC, Nuru International, and Shelter for Life explains how you can do remote assessments and what to look out for.
SCOPEinsight - October 2020
GeoPoll is the leading provider of remote, mobile-based research in emerging markets, providing full-service solutions that answer vital questions throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Arifu is a digital content and interactive learning platform which is personalised and free for its learners. Arifu's chatbot is omni-channel and allows both smart and feature phone users to learn via SMS, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.
Agritask is a holistic ag-operations platform, designed to enable fact-based decision making for agricultural businesses. Agritask analyzes the data, quantifies risks and produces alerts, recommendations and insights.
Hatch CoLab empowers entrepreneurs to build Impact Tech Ventures that solve key challenges and drive sustainable change. Pioneering a new approach to incubation and acceleration programs to build and scale impact tech ventures.
Access Agriculture is a non-profit organisation that showcases agricultural training videos in local languages.
Access Agriculture promotes the transition towards agroecology and organic farming across the global South.
Ignitia is the first and most accurate tropical weather forecasting company. Their forecasting model predicts tropical weather patterns at hyperlocal range.
The forecasts are delivered to West African farmers via SMS.
BanQu watches products and services move between suppliers, consumers and recyclers in real time. It provides records management and forecasting while connecting people, systems, data, knowledge and resources.