Ethiopia is going to host Digital Disruption in Agriculture Forum in its capital, Addis Ababa. The Forum is intended to identify digital tool and service providers from Africa and beyond to employ proven practices in Ethiopia.
The Forum, which will take place for two days from May 15 to May 16 at the Hyatt Regency is said to be organized by the World Bank. Among the companies featured at the event are Digital Green, ATA, Farm Radio, Apposit, Moss ICT, Tulaa, Kifiya, Sunculture, Twiga Foods, Stella Apps, aWhere and Xarvio. "Digital technologies can tackle Africa's food challenges, such as low productivity, high transaction costs, limited use of modern inputs and minimal commercialization," the organizers said.
"This is particularly evident in Ethiopia, where farming practices have remained unchanged for centuries and where the enormous potential exists for technological disruption in the agricultural sector. The World Bank Group is exploring how to leverage digital technologies to improve agricultural practices and food security in Ethiopia. This has the potential to impact the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers," the World Bank said, as reported by NewBusinessEthiopia.com.
It is indicated that the forum will be conducted in a variety of interactive formats, including panels, keynote speeches, lightning talks, and breakout groups. An innovation marketplace allows selected companies to display their products and services during breaktimes, according to the World Bank.
The @WorldBank Group is exploring how to leverage digital technologies to improve agricultural practices and food security in #Ethiopia 🇪🇹. This May 15–16 we host a Digital Disruption in #Agriculture Forum in #AddisAbaba. https://t.co/eu0bhKMnlt | #AgriDigitalDisruption pic.twitter.com/VdhyZuKnPc— IFC (@IFC_org) May 11, 2019