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  • Digital technologies have enabled farmers to obtain crucial information on soil quality for nutrient levels, water levels, pests, and disease spread, captured from various sensors, satellites, and drones. 
  • One key area where technology can play a role in driving smart agriculture in Africa is through the use of chatbots. 
  • Chatbots have the potential to drive smart agriculture in Africa by improving crop yields, reducing costs, and increasing sustainability. 

In Africa, where agriculture is a major contributor to the economy and a primary source of livelihood for many communities, the implementation of smart agriculture systems has a significant impact on food security and economic development. Smart agriculture refers to the use of advanced technology and data analysis to improve crop yields, reduce costs, and increase sustainability in the farming industry. 

One key area where technology plays a role in driving smart agriculture in Africa is through the use of chatbots. 

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  • Liquid Cloud, Microsoft  Collaborate to Deploy Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure in Africa
  • Combining linear TV via satellite and on-demand services via OTT offers content in optimum quality at the convenience of the viewers.

Africa cannot afford to be complacent about digital transformation. The scale and complexity of Africa’s technical landscape sits at the heart of the problem, and connectivity issues are particularly prevalent.

Digital transformation offers Africa huge potential to overcome, even leapfrog, many of its perennial development and growth challenges.

The African telecommunication space has developed and has positively and significantly affected the growth of the economies on the continent in many ways. From enabling access to banking through mobile phones to interlinking the formal and informal economies that exist in the region.

Satellite combined with other technologies like fibre to form hybrid solutions is seen as critical to efforts by industry stakeholders to increase broadband connectivity in Africa especially …

With the global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, food security is one of the most important objectives of our time.

The agricultural economy employs 65–70 per cent of Africa’s labour force and typically accounts for 30–40 per cent of GDP according to the World Bank. With the population in Africa estimated to reach about 2.6 billion by 2050, it is now important that agriculture and food systems be reviewed in order to find innovative approaches at improving food production and utilisation to enhance food security.

Read: Ensuring Africa’s food security by adopting climate-smart techniques

Being a high-priority sector for the African economy, agriculture, broadly comprising farming and forestry, livestock (milk, eggs and meat) and fisheries, is on the verge of massive transformation with a greater focus on technology integration. Considering the spectrum of the sector, agriculture is still mired with challenges spread across the value chain and …

In clear recognition of South Africa’s critical role on the global telecommunications stage, the country was re-elected as a Council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialised agency that oversees global telecommunication operations. South Africa will serve on the Council again from 2023-2026.

The ITU, originally established in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union and became a United Nations specialised agency in 1947, was set up to coordinate telecommunications operations and services throughout the world. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • South Africa has been re-elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council, a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for many matters related to ICT.
  • South Africa was elected into the ITU Council Region D for Africa, which has 13 seats. The other 12 countries elected alongside South Africa are Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Nigeria, Tanzania,

Unleashing Africa’s economic growth potential requires inclusive technological innovation solutions that empower everyone, regardless of economic status or literacy level.

  • The current digital revolution is transforming economies and spurring innovation in many areas of the economy.
  • Communication is crucial to the economic growth process.
  • As a multiplier of heightened economic growth, a rising digital ecosystem is especially important.

The history of technology in Africa

Africa’s technology story started in 1921 when South Africa received its first tabulating technology from the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, later known as IBM. Following that, numerous units were distributed around the nation, and by 1959, IBM had established the country’s first proper data processing system in Johannesburg. A couple of decades later, in 1980, the Africa Centre d’Informatique du Rwanda received Africa’s first computer. This development cleared the path for widespread internet adoption.

There is not much regarding Africa’s involvement in the internet and digital innovation history …

Since the days when the most advanced devices could count steps and calculate calories burnt, fitness trackers have advanced significantly.

Today’s top fitness trackers can also motivate you to walk more, keep an eye on your heart rate, improve your sleep, and in rare cases, even save your life. Additionally, today’s wearable technology includes smartphone notifications, stress tracking, and blood-oxygen measures, all of which play a pivotal role in your daily life.

According to Globe News Wire, it is estimated that the wearable fitness trackers market would experience considerable expansion. The need for wearable fitness trackers is expanding due to rising health monitoring gadget demand and public awareness of the value of leading a healthy lifestyle.

  • Fitbit said it is accelerating its growth strategy in South Africa and will introduce agile features to its devices while strengthening relationships with local distributors and resellers in an increasingly health-conscious local market.
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Africa’s adoption of electric cars (EVs) started in 2004 when the Cape Town-based company Optimal Energy began developing the idea of a locally produced EV.

Numerous initiatives have sprung up across the continent to promote the localization of vehicle electrification in Africa. In Kenya, the National Youth Society has supported the development of electric three-wheeler vehicles as well as ongoing electric bus pilot projects in Cairo, Addis Ababa, and Nairobi.

While the east African country’s utility, Kenya Power (KP), announced plans to phase out fossil fuel-powered vehicles and motorbikes from its fleet in favour of electric-powered ones.

  • Kenya Power (KP) has set aside Sh.40 million in the current financial year to purchase three electric vehicles on a pilot basis.
  • These funds will also be utilized to construct three electric vehicle-charging stations within Nairobi, both for the Company’s use and demonstration purposes.
  • Kenya Power has already invited bids for the construction

The tension between innovation and optimisation to modernise as rapidly as possible is a challenge for most African countries.

To succeed on both fronts, leaders are realising that they must undergo significant transformation across the IT sectors – from re-evaluating on and off-premise infrastructure investments to upping the commitment to IT-as-a-Service delivery. In most cases, this is new territory and many are looking for guidance to navigate it as effectively as possible.

Africa cannot afford to be complacent about digital transformation and the consensus among delegates that attended the recently hosted EU Africa Business Summit is that the issue is now imperative if the continent is to overcome many of its perennial development and growth challenges.

  • The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has urged market compliance with guidelines it has released to support the country’s complete migration from IPv4 to IPv6 in the next twelve months – or risk losing

The quickly evolving digital economy has made internet connectivity a necessity in today’s world.

A fast and reliable internet connection creates new job opportunities and helps existing businesses perform better and expand their operational capacity.

Connectivity in Africa has improved dramatically over the past decade. Global, national, and private initiatives have made internet connections more accessible on the continent and created new opportunities for employment, socialization, and education.

  • South Sudan and Djibouti have signed an MoU to lay fibre optic cable from Djibouti to South Sudan’s capital, Juba, via Ethiopia.
  • The agreement will ensure that region is connected to the international community and reduce the high cost of the internet.
  • Meanwhile, Congo is now linked to Cameroon through a 347km terrestrial fibre optic cable following the completion of the first phase of the Congolese component of the Central African Backbone (CAB) project.

Investing in African connectivity will not only improve …

There is no disputing how much electronic payments have made our lives easier.

Online payment systems have significantly improved financial transactions, from bill payments to online purchasing. Online payment solutions that make use of Payment Gateways and Payment Processors are used to handle this money.

E-payments in Africa have been gaining momentum since 2000 and have taken a leap forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many African countries have seen record growth in e-payments over the past two years: mobile-money transaction volumes in Nigeria doubled to around 800 million in 2020, according to the Central Bank of Nigeria, while data from South Africa show that online commerce grew by around 40 per cent during lockdowns in 2020 and 2021.

  • Flutterwave has continued to integrate other payment services through a partnership, enabling multi-payment options to make its platform useful across the globe.
  • The fintech company announced that it had onboarded Google Pay,