The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) hosted the first ever digital farmers’ conference from 29th to 31st May 2018. This was in a bid to harness the benefits of technology and drive the adoption of these tools by farmers.
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) was at the Conference represented by SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa (SERVIR-E&SA) Agricluture and Food Security Lead, Lilian Ndungu. Ms. Ndungu presented about the impact of climate variability on cropping patterns in Kenya.
Farmers learnt about various technologies such as KALRO’S online farmer platforms for chicken, dryland crop and pasture seed.It provided farmers with timely, high-level research and agro-weather data for specific value chains, advising farmers on the best agronomics practices for their geographical areas.
The conference was organised by Smart Farmer Africa in partnership with KALRO and Standard Media Group as Media Partners.
It was aimed at helping farmers and other value chain actors to take advantage of the benefits of digital technology in farming. And they, in turn, to spearhead the adoption of these digital tools. Digital farming has enabled farmers to gain easy access to markets and quality seed as well as accurate weather prediction.
The conference brought together government ministries, international development agencies, smallholder farmers, farmer groups, the public and over 50 firms in agriculture, technology and investment in East Africa. It also provided a platform for networking and knowledge sharing on how to best harness the power of digital technology in agriculture.
Digital Farming is the application of new technologies such as data science, digital communication channels and automation on the field. This way more and more farmers have access to better insights to take more optimal decisions and drive up yields.