Ken Lohento

Sr Programme Coordinator, ICT4Ag, CTA

Sr Programme Coordinator, ICT4Ag, CTA

Ken Lohento

Biography

Ken Lohento has been managing numerous initiatives related to ICT policy and use for development since 1998 in various countries. At CTA, Ken focuses on projects related to ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture, as well as e-agriculture strategies.

Articles

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As the world’s population continues to increase, it is projected that crop yields will need to double to achieve food security. Sub-Saharan Africa alone holds 60% of the global inventory of uncultivated farmland; yet average crop yields continue to fall well below global averages. In addition to food security, increased agricultural productivity remains critical to alleviating entrenched poverty and improving livelihoods for the millions of farmers that survive on less than US$2/day.

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The increasing buzz on blockchain technology has, in recent times, drawn attention to its application within the agriculture sector. The technology can be leveraged upon to improve agriculture efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, including intra-ACP business transactions and transactions between ACP and international business stakeholders.

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Four Senegalese start-ups have received coaching and help in drawing up business growth plans from Ernst & Young (EY), as part of the AgriHack Talent initiative. Here, we look back at a successful pilot project that bodes well for fruitful collaboration among CTA, a leading international consulting firm, and promising new businesses.

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The stage is set for the 2019 iteration of the Pitch AgriHack competition. 20 judges have completed the evaluation of semi-finalist start-ups and have selected the finalists. The judges are industry experts (ICT and agriculture), entrepreneurs and investors coming from Africa and beyond.

Publications

  1. Business models and key success drivers of agtech start-ups

    This interpretative phenomenological research focuses on youth-led companies offering digital services to the agrifood sector in West Africa. Youth is considered as per the African Union definition: individuals aged between 15 and 35 years old. Research questions were to understand the business models adopted by these start-ups; how their business models and business model innovation lead to business success; other key drivers that can support the achievement of success.

events

  1. Dec 14

    African Green Revolution Forum 2019 - Youth in agriculture: Showcasing and scaling models for agripreneurship

    Across the continent, young agripreneurs are recognising untapped opportunities in the agrifood sector. Yet, ideally, they would be fostered by a supportive ecosystem to progress faster and more successfully along their journey. The ambition of scaling digitally-enabled, environmentally conscious, market-led ventures to deliver jobs and healthy food, while respecting the natural environment, ca…
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    Conference
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    Speaker
  2. Dec 14

    Pitch AgriHack 2019

    The Pitch AgriHack 2019 start-up competition holds its final during the…
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    Conference
    Role:
    Speaker
  3. Dec 14

    African Green Revolution Forum 2019 - Project showcase – Marketplace of ag-tech solutions

    Agricultural transformation remains one of Africa’s most pressing priorities but has been difficult to achieve. In this context, digitalisation for agriculture (D4Ag) can be a game changer in supporting and accelerating agricultural transformation across the continent. D4Ag has the potential to not only support agricultural transformation but to do so both sustainably and inclusively.…
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    Conference
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    Moderator

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