Heifer introduces Digital Agriculture Champions initiative in Africa

Heifer International, a global nonprofit organization that works on a mission to end hunger, has launched its Digital Agriculture Champions (DAC) initiative.

As per a statement, this initiative will make use of exponential digital technologies as a crucial component in the design of signature programs which will encompass 11 countries of Heifer’s operation in Africa.

Heifer further added that with this effort the firm would be able to offer cost-effective and sustainable training modules for smallholder agronomists in Heifer Africa, starting with Kenya.

Heifer is evolving its technology and mechanization to address some of the post-pandemic challenges across various agriculture value chains in Africa, investing in digital extension systems for training as a responsible approach that will build scalable and efficient solutions for farmers.

It is also likely to help enhance the value chains in which they work.

As per credible source, Heifer is dedicated to mentoring the youth who constitute the extension staff. The firm is determined to empower them to become the digital champions with entrepreneurship skills for ensuring quality service for farmers and justifiable business models beyond the life of the Heifer project interventions.

Senior Vice President Africa Programs at Heifer, Adesuwa Ifedi, while commenting on the new launch, said that Heifer is devoted to generating engagement for the youth in Agriculture.

The Digital Agriculture Champions initiative will promote the application of digital technology in Agriculture, offering solutions that look after the challenges faced by smallholder farmers at scale.

Ifedi added that the idea for the AYuTe Africa trial (AYuTe refers to Agriculture, Youth, and Technology) was perceived by Heifer on the grounds of the work of four decades as a trusted partner of African farmers and demonstrating the stark difference between local farms that possess access to the up-to-date technologies and those that do not.

Source Credit - https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2022/04/25/heifer-unveils-digital-agriculture-champions-initiative-in-africa/