How far can agri-tech go in Africa?

By Musinguzi Blanshe
Posted on Monday, 12 September 2022 18:14

Farmers present their maize harvest at the collection centre facilitated by Safaricom DigiFarm App, that helps agribusinesses and small holding farmers to share information and transact easily, in Sigor village of Bomet County
Farmers present their maize harvest at the collection centre facilitated by Safaricom DigiFarm App, that helps agribusinesses and small holding farmers to share information and transact easily, in Sigor village of Bomet County, Kenya May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Jackson Njehia

Hundreds of agric-tech products have been springing up across Africa, which has witnessed - over the past couple of years - a dramatic increase in foreign funding earmarked for agricultural technology.

However, longstanding challenges ought to be tackled for such state-of-the-art solutions to prevail and be sustained in African nations, where climate adaptation and smart farming are growing more pressing.

Earlier this year, Ventures Africa reported that African agri-tech startups had received $95m worth of funding in 2021, recording a 58.5% year-on-year increase. The amount constitutes 4.4% of the overall funding that African tech startups received last year.