There's an App for That: The Role of Youth in Driving New Technologies
THEME: Scaling Technology and Innovation for Agriculture
DATE: Tuesday, March 28
TIME: 10:45 AM
LOCATION: Ballroom 2
With rural producers facing greater barriers to urban markets, new technologies can close the gap between them and urban consumers. While many value chain actors can benefit from new solutions such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the youth population will play one of the most critical roles: ensuring appropriate technologies are developed, marketed, and applied by targeted populations.
This interactive session includes two case studies demonstrating how ICT can address roadblocks within the value chain and, with youth involvement, help users tap into more lucrative urban markets. For the Smallholder Alliance for Sorghum in Haiti, a new mobile app is allowing the group to track sorghum along the value chain and help as many as 18,000 farmers supply sorghum to large buyers. In Tanzania, youth-owned company Innovify worked with RTI International on a pilot project to develop a new app that helps agro-dealers manage day-to-day business, grow their client base, and market geographically appropriate inputs to farmers.
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