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Accelerating ICT for Agriculture Entrepreneurship to Promote Youth Livelihoods and Sustainable Development

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)

An increasing number of young innovators and entrepreneurs in developing countries now develop ICT for agriculture solutions to strengthen agri-food systems in their respective countries, and to provide employment and livelihood opportunities for themselves and other young people.

Examples include the mFarm application in Kenya (linking farmers and buyers of agriculture products); Mobis in Uganda (facilitating management of agriculture finance), Daral in Senegal (facilitating management of livestock), mlouma in Senegal (assisting producers to market agriculture products, etc.), CropGuard in Barbados (for pest management). In Uganda, Mobis is helping agricultural cooperatives and more than 60,000 farmers to access and manage finance.

However, young entrepreneurs still face several challenges such as insufficient capacity in e-agriculture entrepreneurship, non-existent or weak linkages with investors, weak knowledge of the agriculture sector, etc. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has also been supporting a number of initiatives relating to these issues such as the AgriHack Talent program of the Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) Project which won the 2015 WSIS Forum Prize (e-agriculture category).

 CTA, in collaboration ITU, will organize a dialogue on “Accelerating ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship to promote youth livelihoods and sustainable development”. The session will involve young agtech entrepreneurs from various countries, international business and government experts. It will help discuss how this emerging form of entrepreneurship can be further developed and supported, as an avenue to develop youth employment opportunities, innovations in the agro-food sector, and ensure food security. Issues to be discussed include current status of ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship, examples from developing countries, strengthening business models, capacity building and investments needs, roles for supporting institutions (government, private sector and business stakeholders).

This session will also discuss some of the issues raised at the Plug and Play event organised the same day from 09:00 to 12:00. A new publication on ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship in developing countries will be presented and participants will win some copies.


Ken Lohento, ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator (CTA), assisted by Ben Addom ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator (CTA)

Speakers / panellists
  • Introductory words: Mr Vladimir Stankovic, ITU
  • Government Representative, TBA
  • International Business rep, TBA
  • Mr Obwangamoi  David Opio, CEO and co-Founder, Ensibuuko, Uganda
  • Ms. Janice Kimarie McLeod, Co-Founder, AgroCentral, Jamaica
  • Mr. Robert Strey, AI Developer, Progressive Agricultural & Environmental Technologies (PEAT), Germany
  • Ms Peris Nyaboe Bosire, Co-Founder & Business Development, FarmDrive, Kenya
  • Mr Cameron Goldie-Scott, CEO and Co-Founder, Musoni Services, UK 
  • Mr Oscar Anietie Ekponimo, Founder, FoodRing, Nigeria
  • Mr. Troy Ricardo Weekes, Co-Founder, CropGuard, Barbados
Link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • C4. Capacity building
  • C6. Enabling environment
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-business
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture

The discussion is focused on e-agriculture. The title is "Accelerating ICT for agriculture entrepreneurship to promote youth livelihoods and sustainable development". 

Roles of government, mobile operators, capacity building, enabling environment, Youth livelihood issues, ICT infrastructure in relation to the theme will also be addressed.

Link to the Sustainable Development Process
  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

The session is very closely and strongly linked to SDGs. 

Indeed, issues around ICT for agri-food innovation by young entrepreneurs, as well as the specific applications that will be discussed, directly address hunger and nutrition, healthy life, capacity building, economic growth and youth entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainable food production patterns, land degradation and biodiversity.

Session 199
  • Thursday, 15:00 – 16:30
  • ICT Discovery, ITU Montbrillant
  • Hackathon

WSIS Forum 2016 | WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of SDGs
2–6 May 2016, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland