Côte d’Ivoire wants to transform agriculture through digital technology | Global Ideas | DW

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In Côte d’Ivoire, new digital solutions have enabled smallholder farmers to take their smartphones to find valuable technical information and contact specialists directly for help.

This real-time advice is a competitive advantage when it comes to increasing yields. And farmers in this West African country can use all the support they can get. Rising temperatures have completely disrupted the rhythm of the growing seasons. In some areas, the drought is so severe that farmers have to water their fields twice a day or risk losing their crops.

Researchers from the Ecole Supérieure d’Agronomie are working on the Cultiv4G application to help farmers cope with the uncertainties ahead. New online marketplaces are also connecting producers and consumers, with guaranteed delivery and payment terms.

The biggest problem that remains is to bring electricity and digital coverage to even the most remote areas to ensure equal access for all. When more people connect digitally, it will mean less wasted production and fewer supply issues down the road.

A film by Clelia Benard

Cultiv4G app aims to help farmers become more resilient to climate change

Objective of the project: Developing digital applications that allow farmers to increase their agricultural yields while becoming more resilient to climate change.

Budget: Developers of agronomic advice apps aim to make these solutions free. They also want to allow farmers to use certain data without an internet connection to avoid data costs. Membership of the virtual market costs 25,000 CFA francs, or around €38.

Partner organizations: The developers of various digital applications are supported by researchers, in particular from the Ecole Supérieure d’Agronomie of the Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny.

Duration: The first applications appeared 15 years ago, but the appetite for other solutions suggests a good future for the technology.

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