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Empowering Central African Farmers: Digital Solutions for Climate Resilience | Nfor Miriam

Introduction

In the heart of Central Africa, where fertile soil, lush vegetation, and diverse wildlife thrive, lies a region heavily dependent on agriculture, animal rearing, and forestry. However, the ever-looming threat of climate change has significantly impacted these sectors. Rising temperatures, unpredictable seasons, and increased rainfall have disrupted traditional farming practices, compelling farmers to seek innovative solutions.


Recently, a two-day training program organized by the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and FOKABS brought together experts to explore “Digital Climate Advisory Services to Support Climate Resilience of Smallholder Farmers in Central Africa” in Douala’s prestigious Princes de Galles Hotel.


The Training - Green Agri-Innovation and Digital Agriculture

The program focused on green agri-innovation, harnessing the power of cutting-edge technologies like remote sensing, big data science, and artificial intelligence. These tools aim to enhance efficiency and resilience in agriculture, ultimately empowering farmers to combat the challenges posed by climate change. A notable case study presented during the training was the early detection of plant infections and pest invasions on farms.


Renowned expert, Professor Kalame Fobissie from FOKABS led an engaging brainstorming session, encouraging participants to identify challenges in the agricultural, forestry, and animal-rearing sectors. Teams collaborated to propose digital solutions and develop sustainable business models. The collective goal was to create a transformative shift towards digital and intelligent agriculture.


My Experience - Reducing Waste and Boosting Efficiency

I had the incredible opportunity to be part of the agriculture team that focused on optimizing resource usage. Our aim was to reduce the amount of fertilizers and water used on plants by developing a fertilization and irrigation plan, augmented by accurate weather predictions available through a user-friendly web application. The information generated is then sent directly to farmers via SMS (using a USSD code) or email, ensuring that they have the necessary tools to make informed decisions and maximize their yields.



Conclusion - Collaborating for a Sustainable Future

Beyond the training program, this event served as a platform to equip individuals directly or indirectly involved in agriculture, animal rearing, and forestry with the knowledge and skills required to embrace digital and intelligent farming practices.


Representatives from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Congo, Gabon, and the Central African Republic were collectively urged to leverage their resources and collaborate in preserving the region’s abundant natural riches. Together, they aim to build robust digital solutions that bolster agricultural resilience against the harsh impacts of climate change.


As Central Africa faces the daunting challenges of an evolving climate, the integration of digital climate advisory services brings hope and promise to smallholder farmers. By embracing innovation and collaboration, these farmers can forge a path towards climate resilience, safeguarding their livelihoods and the precious resources nature has bestowed upon their land.


  • Nfor Miriam | Open Dreams Douala

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