NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 17 – Microsoft has entered right into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alliance for a Inexperienced Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to co-create know-how options in agriculture.
The collaboration between Microsoft, by means of its 4Afrika initiative, will help AGRA’s digital transformation as it really works to enhance meals safety for 30 million farming households throughout 11 international locations by 2021.
The MOU goals to encourage the usage of huge knowledge and AI within the digital transformation of AGRA, working with the Kenyan authorities and increasing to Nigeria, Rwanda, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia.
The partnership can even present help to AGRA grantees to enhance their digital providing by exploring areas of use of massive knowledge and synthetic intelligence in digital transformation of AGRA.
It is going to additionally present expertise growth help to AGRA by means of leveraging present Microsoft programmes, together with co-managing an internship programme.
Moreover, it should present co-design and growth of know-how options to help AGRA programmes and processes.
The partnership has additionally offered preliminary help to AGRA grantees together with the Nationwide Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK), East Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), East African Grain Council (EAGC), Amtech Applied sciences and the Native Improvement Analysis Institute (LDRI) and supported SMEs.
The newest partnership follows on from the preliminary collaboration introduced a 12 months in the past through the African Inexperienced Revolution Discussion board (AGRF). Throughout the previous 12 months, Microsoft 4Afrika and AGRA have labored tirelessly on many engagements.
A few of these embody work with the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, the event of the KuzaBot chatbot to help the Village Based mostly Advisor programme and farmers, and the event of the Meals Safety Battle Room in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Microsoft and AGRA are additionally partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives (MoALFC) to considerably speed up the transformation of the agriculture ecosystem consistent with the not too long ago launched Agricultural Sector Transformation and Development Technique (ASTGS) for digitisation.
This partnership types a part of Microsoft’s ongoing funding in agri-tech throughout the continent, together with the enlargement of FarmBeats. As well as, Microsoft has supported a lot of African agri-tech start-ups and firms, together with SunCulture, Digital Metropolis, N-Frnds and Twiga Meals.
“We look ahead to subsequent 12 months to deepen every space of labor now we have begun collectively each technically and geographically. We very a lot admire the chance to attract on Microsoft’s digital structure help on digital ecosystems and large knowledge platforms,” says Vanessa Adams, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Chief of Social gathering at AGRA.
Microsoft 4Afrika Regional Director, Amrote Abdella, stated: “We’re excited to proceed our work with AGRA in constructing locally-relevant know-how options which are conscious of challenges native farmers face, providing options to farmers and coverage makers alike to ship significant influence.”