CTA is partnering with the United Nations Development Programme, host of the event, for the organisation of the Social Good Summit (SGS) Geneva. The event will open with speeches notably by the Director of the Geneva office of UNDP and the CTA director and will showcase innovative solutions led by entrepreneurs from developing countries to solve the most pressing issues of our time. It will also focus on how to leverage private sector investment and bring together high level decisions-makers – entrepreneurs, investors, governments, large companies and international organisations – to foster collaboration for achieving the SDGs.
At the end of 2015, more than half a billion mobile phone connections where available in Africa, 25% of which were also connected to broadband and these figures are continuing to increase. From the use of electronic spreadsheets to SMS and mobile applications, ICTs have now penetrated all socio-economic activities in developing countries. And, increasingly, they are being adopted by agricultural stakeholders.
In particular, the services provided by innovative entrepreneurs have been supporting the SDGs (especially Goals 2 – to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture, and Goal 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all), and are reaching several hundreds of thousands of farmers and agricultural stakeholders.
CTA has been supporting entrepreneurship in ICT for the agrifood market sector through a variety of initiatives, such as the AgriHack Talent programme, whose aim is to help develop business services offered by young e-agriculture start-ups, as well as to contribute to accelerating the adoption of innovations for stronger productivity by the agrifood sector in ACP countries.
As part of its partnership on the event, CTA will organise a session, entitled 'Investing in Agribusiness Technology'. It will feature three award-winning African start-ups who will present their services in the hope of attracting investment and business partnerships. These start-ups are Hello Tractor (Nigeria), mAgri (Botswana), Ensibuuko (Uganda). They provide technologies for the agri-food market, spanning various value chain sectors, and include the use of market information, smart tractor and agricultural finance ICT devices. Their business-to-business or business-to-consumer services respond to the needs of a variety of stakeholders, not only farmers, and include agricultural cooperatives, extension officers, agricultural development organisations, inputs dealers and suppliers, as well as agricultural financiers.
Apart from the three entrepreneurs featured, CTA is also supporting the participation of the following ICT4Ag entrepreneurs to attend the event:
The start-ups will have opportunities to present their services to potential investors. The session will thus offer all delegates a unique opportunity to discover and interact with award-winning innovators achieving high impacts.
For more information, please contact Ken Lohento, ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.