Innovate for Agriculture: Young ICT Entrepreneurs Addressing Challenges and Transforming Agriculture
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the United Nations adopted in September 2015 urge all stakeholders to take necessary actions to end hunger (Goal 1), double agricultural productivity of small-scale food producers by 2030 (Goal 2, Target 2.3) and promote policies that support entrepreneurship (Goal 8, Target 8.3). Increasing the productivity and sustainability of agriculture depends, to a large degree, on engaging young people in the sector, drawing on their energy and innovations. This publication, put together by CTA’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project, in collaboration with Ashoka, shows how this might be achieved. The booklet presents 20 ICT-enabled entrepreneurial ventures created by young innovators from African and Caribbean countries. The innovations feature the use of mobile phones, social media, websites and a new generation of tractors. Services offered target various segments and facilities along the agricultural value chain, from pre-production to production, financing, marketing, trade and consumption. The case studies offer analyses, by the young entrepreneurs themselves, of the factors that triggered them to start the initiatives, the challenges they faced and the strategies they put in place to overcome them. Through their stories, the young entrepreneurs provide useful advice to other young people who might be interested in ICT-enabled agro-entrepreneurship.