Featuring young entrepreneurs in e-agriculture, ICT Update No. 83 has an elegant new interface that allows the reader to navigate better around the website. ICT Update is published every two months in English and French. The content is also delivered through a web magazine and an email newsletter.
Each issue of ICT Update focusses on a theme relevant to information and communication technologies (ICTs) for agricultural and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. This latest issue focuses on businesses led by young entrepreneurs, who usually face different challenges and greater difficulties than more seasoned entrepreneurs. E-agriculture entrepreneurship in ACP countries probably began in 2004 with the market information services offered by TradeNet in Ghana (rebranded later as Esoko). Today, entrepreneurship is becoming common in this field, even if e-agriculture is still nascent in most ACP countries.
“Young innovators in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific have recognised the need for creative solutions to raise agricultural productivity and the huge prospective market for their ICT-enabled services in agriculture. Although they still face many challenges, their products have the potential to transform agricultural value chains in developing countries,” writes Heike Baumüller, one of the authors of the lead article, together with Ken Lohento, CTA programme coordinator, Information and Communication Technologies.
The new issue features several commissioned articles, including ‘Building a healthy ecosystem for ICT entrepreneurs’ by Barni Qaasim, a partner at US-based Devlabs Venture Capital, and ‘Farms could become the offices of the future’, by Michael Oluwagbemi, co-founder and executive partner at LoftyInc Allied Partners. In addition, readers will find a Guest Editor contribution, Tech Talk, Resources, Dispatches and a Question and Answer section.
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