Favorite Scoop Post- Smartphone Apps Reboot Agriculture in Africa

africaaThis article is about how wider smartphone and Internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and even virtual markets. Researchers say that food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand. Africa is home to more than half of the world’s unused arable land, but Africa’s farms have failed to cash in on this because of a lack of access to infrastructure, training, capital and rapidly advancing technology.The growth of Africa’s middle-class, combined with a fall in the prices of technology, has opened up opportunities for investment in farms on the world’s poorest inhabited continent. Apps such as “VetAfrica” are helping Africa connect to global markets.

This is related to unit 5 because it deals with the development of agriculture by the use of technology. This shows how far agriculture has come from hunting and gathering to using apps to help get information to the world. This will greatly improve world food production and help Africa become more economically stable by giving them access to global markets. This will also allow Africa better access to nutritional food and help feed the dying population.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Business/International/2015/Mar-17/291015-smartphone-apps-reboot-agriculture-in-africa.ashx

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