Digitalisation for development: benefits for farmers' organisations, June 21, Brussels
From access to inputs to trading, from individual smallholder households to well-established cooperatives, from smartphone applications to satellite imaging technology, digital technologies offer crucial opportunities for optimizing agricultural productivity, added value and establishing well-organised value-chains. Digitalisation is a strong driver of poverty reduction, sustainable development and inclusive growth in the rural areas. Farmers' organisations can be central actors and offer leverage and scaling up for efficient use of new technologies. Farmers’ organisations apply digital solutions also to monitor their own activities and to improve profiling of their members.
The Pan African Farmers Organisation (PAFO), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and AgriCord have engaged in a joint programme to improve the efficiency of farmers’ organisations and their farmer’s led enterprises through ICT innovations. In the context of this partnership, we organise an Infopoint session, on 21 June 2018 from 12h30 to 14h at DG Devco. This Infopoint session showcases successful examples of innovative use of digital tools across Africa to inspire you about further possibilities to make digitalization work for the benefit of farmers. Come and meet our experts from Kenya, Uganda, the Netherlands and France!
Leonard Mizzi, Belgium
Acting Director DG Devco, Directorate C “Planet and Prosperity”, Head of Unit “Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition”, European Commission
Chris Addison, The Netherlands
Senior Expert on Digitalisation, Data4Ag, CTA
Steve Muchiri, Kenya
CEO, East African Farmers Federation (EAFF), Kenya
Hamlus Owoyesiga, Uganda
Network and Systems Administrator, Igara Growers Tea Factory Ltd, Uganda
Laure Hamdi, France
Director of Agriculteurs français et développement international (Afdi), Board member of AgriCord