Nigeria has an arable land area of 34 million hectares: 6.5 million hectares for permanent crops, and 30.3 million hectares on meadows and pastures. Agriculture accounts for over 20 percent of Nigeria's GDP. The country is a leader in a variety of agricultural produce, such as palm oil, cocoa beans, pineapple, and sorghum. However, different constraints have made farming difficult for farmers in in the country, as they face a number of challenges such as:
It is why Olayinka Adelugba, Managing Director of Dermisho Utility and Farm Management Application (DUFMA) is working hard to revolutionise the sector and solve some of these gaps. DUFMA is a hybrid Agritech company that integrates farm Advisory services, management software and precision farming hardware together for micro SMEs in Nigeria. The organisation uses technology to integrate various value chains in Nigeria's agricultural sector, allowing stakeholders to participate actively across different parts of the sector. It works on IoT enabled devices and uses big data and machine learning for ease of operation and productivity, creating exceptional impact on farmers in rural settings, while providing them with more access to and profit from the big market in different cities across Nigeria.
According to UNICEF, all children, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are, have the right to quality education. However, one in every five of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria. About 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5 -14 years are not in school. For those who are actually in school, the schools are overcrowded, dilapidated, and ill-equipped, teachers are unpaid or underpaid, and the entire education system needs a reboot.
Today, we are spotlighting Job Oyebisi, a tech-entrepreneur with a passion to use mobile technology to solve global challenges affecting billions in emerging economies. Oyebisi is the founder of StanLab, an innovative educational technology company that has built a world class 3D virtual laboratory to enable remote STEM learning and assessment for secondary school students in rural Nigeria. The platform enables students to do the same basic experiments that they would in a physical laboratory. Oyebisi was a participant in the British Council Enterprise Business Acceleration Bootcamp programme and winner of the ‘Ideas Change Lives” global innovative competition.
If there is one aspect of doing business in Africa that we don’t speak about enough, it is definitely the legal barriers. In Africa, businesses are more relationship driven than transactional and this is the reason why prior to entry into a particular sector, many choose to rely on established connections. Research shows that African states are also coming to the realisation that reducing bureaucracy, streamlining of the legal framework, addressing corruption and stabilising the economy are more likely to attract Foreign Direct Investment than tax holidays and other fiscal incentives.
Welcome back to “A month in tweets”, where we look at the tweets that have catalysed conversations in the last month in the African tech space.
From new appointments to new companies and verticals, here are 4 tweets that stirred conversations in the African tech space in February.
1. The rise of Clubhouse