Farming and the Opportunity of Digital Solutions

Date published: April 27, 2018

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A digital revolution in agriculture is transforming the way in which farmers and other agricultural stakeholders operate, and could reshape the way farmers address emerging pests.  At present, in sub-Saharan Africa, the fall armyworm pest has and continues to damage farmers’ livelihoods and crops across the region.

Facing this new, invasive species, farmers are attempting to combat the pest using a variety of different methods such as pesticide application, manual squishing, and mixing soil and ash into maize whorls.  Digital solutions provide a unique opportunity to support these efforts and empower farmers with the information they need to detect and stop the spread of the fall armyworm.

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