May 28, 2018 IBOMLLC Team

Fall Armyworm Tech Prize: Highest Number of Entries from Africa

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The Prize aims to find digital solutions to identify, track and protect crops from the pest, which has devastated agricultural produce across the continent

Nesta, on behalf of Feed the Future, today announced that 228 applications were received, mostly from Africa, for the global Fall Armyworm Tech Prize. The Prize aims to find digital solutions to identify, track and protect crops from the pest, which has devastated agricultural produce across the continent.

USAID’s Digital Inclusion team believes that with advances in digital communications, social networks, satellite imagery, electronic data collection and sharing, sensing technologies, crowdsourcing, and the global movement to share open data, more information than ever can be efficiently communicated and made relevant for farmers. While digital tools are not the only solutions to eradicating the worm, technological solutions can help serve as a force multiplier to an already strained advisory service.

Over 80% of the entries came from Africa. The five countries with the highest number of entries were:

Uganda: 52

Nigeria: 25

USA: 23

Ghana 22

Kenya: 21

Bhavik Doshi, Research and Impact Coordinator for Nesta said they were extremely pleased.

We are thrilled with this result as it’s …read more

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