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Plug and Play: Showcasing ICT Innovations for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems

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

Plug & Play

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with ITU will organize a “Plug and Play event” in the framework of which various agricultural mobile applications and devices will be showcased. These applications and products have been developed and are operated by young entrepreneurs from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and USA. Some of the applications have been developed through hackathons and incubations organised by the project “Agricultural, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society” (ARDYIS) which won the 2015 WSIS Forum Prize in the e-agriculture category. The applications to be demonstrated at WSIS facilitate access to agricultural finance, agricultural market, climate smart information, pest management, nutrition, and fighting food waste. Some of these apps are already impacting lives of thousands of farmers in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia.

CTA’s Plug & Play – Tech-Dating for Agriculture is an event usually organised in collaboration with international conferences and workshops to showcase the range of ICTs/mobile platforms developed and being implemented on the field. It gives participants a structured hands-on introduction to emerging ICTs for agriculture. It allows innovators to demonstrate their systems in-turns thereby allowing participant to experience as many innovations that is of interest. Participants have the time and opportunity for one-on-one discussion with peers and innovators on the challenges in the field, what is new, what is working. It is a fantastic opportunity for a valuable and very practical insight into the new technologies.

It offers ICT innovators the opportunity to demonstrate their solutions to interested clients; agricultural value chain actors to discover the latest ICT platforms for their agricultural activities; investors a unique platform to identify viable areas for investment; donors options for discovering emerging areas for support; and policy makers the room for understanding and exploring potential areas for policy and decision actions.


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

Speakers / panellists
  • Introductory words: Vladimir Stankovic, ITU
  • Mr. Obwangamoi  David Opio, CEO, Ensibuuko, ICT4Ag Start-up, Uganda
  • Mr. Cameron Goldie-Scot, Co-Founder & CEO, Musoni Services, United Kingdom
  • Ms. Peris Nyaboe Bosire, Co-Founder & Business Development Officer, FarmDrive, Kenya
  • Mr. Troy Ricardo Weekes, Founder, CropGuard, ICT4Ag Start-up, Barbados
  • Mr. Oscar Anietie Ekponimo, Engineering Lead, FoodRing, Nigeria
  • Ms. Janice Kimarie McLeod, AgroCentral, ICT4Ag Start-up, Jamaica
  • Mr. Robert Strey, AI Developer, Progressive Agricultural & Environmental Technologies (PEAT), Germany
Link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-business
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture

The applications address directly the agrifood sector; thus the linkage with Action line "e-agriculture. Discussions around them will involve business creation in the digital society (e-business).

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 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation 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 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

The session links to most goals of the SDGs.

Indeed, as these are services and products for the agri-food systems, they are addressing directly fighting hunger and healthy lives (goals 1, 2 and 3). They also strongly support agrifood business growth (link with goal 8), innovations (goal 9) and address water access (goal 6), sustainable consumption and production patterns (goal 12), climate change (goal 13) and land degradation (goal 15)

Session 198
  • Thursday, 09:00 – 12:00
  • 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