ILRI and Farm Ink ‘Facebook project’ to track livestock diseases in Kenya among five winners of research grants
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ILRI and Farm Ink ‘Facebook project’ to track livestock diseases in Kenya among five winners of research grants

The CGIAR Platform on Big Data in Agriculture has awarded five research proposals USD100,000 each during its inaugural convention 19–22 Sep 2017. Using Facebook to track the spread of livestock diseases and your smartphone to diagnose crop diseases in realtime, could soon be a reality thanks to a series of research grants awarded by the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture. Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture

African agri-boom could be ‘bigger than mobile phones’–World Bank VP for Africa

Farming in the highlands of Ethiopia (Credit: ILRI/Habtamu). ‘Agriculture and agri-business offer the biggest transformational potential for Africa, with an even greater positive impact on ordinary people’s lives than the mobile phone boom. ‘“If you ask me what the next ‘big thing’ in Africa will be, I’d say without hesitation agriculture and agri-business,” the World … Continue reading