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Since the launching of the Pitch AgriHack Initiative, that aims at strengthening ICT innovation and entrepreneurship by youth in agriculture, some 700 young innovators and entrepreneurs took part in its hackathons and start-up contests. These beneficiaries had the opportunity to be involved in other CTA activities and those of its partners (Apps4Ag, Plug and Play events, etc.). The best start-ups involved so far have benefited from about USD 1 million (investment and grants from various national and international parties).Here are brief notes on some of the best start-ups involved so far in the competitions of the AgriHack Talent Program of CTA:


The final stage of CTA’s Pitch AgriHack West Africa competition took place at the 7th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2017), on 7th September 2017, in Abidjan. The winners of the early stage category, efarms – a Nigerian-based online networking platform and Farmart Limited – a Ghanian online food market, were rewarded grants of €7,500 and €5,000 respectively. For the advanced category winners, Bayseddo – a Senegalese agri-financing platform and AgroCenta – an online marketplace for agricultural produce founded in Ghana, received €15,000 and €12,500 in funding respectively. On top of that, CTA’s partner, the Mali-based Suguba, offered two special prizes of each €2,000.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:19

Winners of the 2016 Pitch AgriHack contest announced!

Written by Ghislain

Pitch AgriHack, which aims to accelerate youth-led e-agriculture entrepreneurship for improved livelihoods and food security, unveiled the winners of the 2016 pitching event. The announcement was made during an award ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, on 24 November 2016. The competition was hotly contested with 25 finalists, selected out of 152 e-agriculture startups from across Africa and the Caribbean. Before the announcement of winners, finalists benefited from a training boot camp on 22 November at Ihub Nairobi, focused on offering successful business services in e-agriculture. The finalists were also coached on how to pitch effectively. On 23 November, they presented their services publicly before a jury and an audience composed of agriculture and ICT experts and institutions, including venture capitals. 

Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:45

Celebrating Girls in ICT Day

Written by ardyis-project

Today (28 April) is the International Girls in ICT Day and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) is celebrating with young women in ICT, Agriculture and related fields. Are you a young woman interested in innovation for agriculture? As part of today's celebration, you can win a print copy of our new publication "Innovate for Agriculture" and learn from it how to drive successfully ICT innovations in agriculture. You can also win other nice gifts! If you are interested, all you need to do is to:

  • like our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ardyis/ or follow our Twitter account https://twitter.com/ardyis_cta (if you are not following us yet)
  • write a short text of not more than 300 words telling us about your interest in agriculture innovation and what you personally do linking ICT and agriculture. You should include in your twitter account, your website or Facebook and send all this by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before 8 May 2016.

At least 10 participants will be selected to win a print copy our new publication "Innovate for Agriculture" and other nice gifts, including at least another CTA publication of your choice! At least half of the gifts will be attributed to our new followers on social media! Some best stories may also be published!

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Malgré leur forte implication dans l’agriculture et leur rôle essentiel en matière de sécurité alimentaire au Bénin, les femmes rurales béninoises font face à une longue série de contraintes. Leurs systèmes de production demeurent traditionnels et archaïques, elles sont très peu intégrées dans les chaînes de valeur et surtout, elles n’ont pas accès à l’information à cause de l’analphabétisme et de leur méconnaissance des TIC. Les femmes rurales béninoises ont soif d’un changement social qualitatif pouvant s’opérer grâce à la contribution des médias, si davantage de visibilité est donnée à leurs activités agricoles.

“No, it’s not easy being an entrepreneur”, answers Rose Funja, director of ICT & Research at University of Bagamoyo. While you might not always pay attention to an academic talking about the world of entrepreneurship, Rose is not your typical scholar. Having studied telecommunications engineering in China and worked in the private sector before embarking on a career in teaching and research, she has recently become an entrepreneur as well and co-founded an innovative business in the exciting field of ICTs for agriculture.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 08:56

Pest Control Mobile Application, and Much More

Written by Thierry Lewyllie

Pests – they are good for almost nothing! Well, maybe this is not true in all cases or for everyone. Troy Weekes and Mortimer Seale from Barbados have been inspired by pests to develop a promising agricultural application called CropGuard. As the name suggests, it is an app that provides information that helps defend produce against pests, identified as a key problem in agricultural activities in Barbados.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 21:20

Farming is in my genes, Blogger I am

Written by Thierry Lewyllie

I was raised in Kitale, Kenya’s breadbasket where I learned farming at first hand from my parents. I moved to Nairobi City when I was 18 for my studies but I still maintained a strong interest in farming. The experiences of growing up in Kitale inculcated in me a love for farming.


David Opio

As a child growing up in rural Uganda, David Opio experienced at first hand the difficulties faced by smallholder farmers. His mother owned an acre of land but was unable to farm it fully because she lacked the resources she needed to do so. Now David is an ambitious entrepreneur, with a passion for information and communication technologies (ICTs).  He is working to improve the livelihoods of rural farmers in Uganda.

Demandes de contacts, questions et remerciements sont de plus en plus nombreux sur mon blog « Les graines de l’info ». « J'ai lu votre papier sur la transformation de cacao en beurre par Monsieur Antoine. Je suis un Ivoirien, je voudrais faire comme lui. Peut-il me prendre en stage d'une semaine, ou me former à distance ? »,  écrit un internaute dans l’espace de mon blog réservé aux commentaires. Malheureusement pour lui, je n’ai pas retrouvé les coordonnées du producteur de cacao pour les lui transmettre.

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ICT and Youth in Agriculture in Africa (Report)