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Africa: Heifer launches the Digital Agriculture Champions initiative


The Digital Agriculture Champions (DAC) initiative has been launched by Heifer International, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger.

According to a statement, this effort will leverage exponential digital technologies as a critical component in the design of signature programs that will span 11 of Heifer’s African nations of operation.

Heifer also stated that as a result of this initiative, the company will be able to provide cost-effective and long-term training modules for smallholder agronomists in Heifer Africa, beginning in Kenya.

Heifer is developing technology and automation to address some of the post-pandemic difficulties in Africa’s agriculture value chains, investing in digital extension systems for training as a responsible method to building scalable and efficient solutions for farmers.

It’s also likely to improve the value chains in which they participate.

Heifer, according to reliable sources, is committed to mentoring the youth who make up the extension personnel. The company is committed to empowering people to become digital champions with entrepreneurial skills so that they can provide excellent service to farmers and develop sustainable business models beyond the duration of the Heifer project interventions.

While commenting on the new launch, Heifer’s Senior Vice President of Africa Programs, Adesuwa Ifedi, stated that Heifer is committed to generating young engagement in agriculture.

The Digital Agriculture Champions program will promote the use of digital technology in agriculture by providing solutions to the problems that smallholder farmers encounter on a large scale.

Heifer’s idea for the AYuTe Africa trial (AYuTe stands for Agriculture, Youth, and Technology) was based on the organization’s four decades of work as a trusted partner of African farmers, demonstrating the stark difference between local farms with access to cutting-edge technology and those without.