Today, the world relies on Africa as the last growth frontier as it becomes an increasingly urban and booming continent. However, there is still a long way to go before it catches up with Asian emerging economies. In fact, Africa has the lowest wheat yield in the world compared to the highest one in the Netherlands. 55% of African arable land available is not cultivated as opposed to the 8% in North America. These numbers highlight the high potential for expansion and investment in the African agricultural industry. Compared to other industries, agriculture has been slow to adopt the leading edge of technologies from the Digital Revolution. The time has come for Africa to experience its own Green Revolution thanks to better access to financing information (Big Data) and technology (remote sensing). Funded by the European Commission based in the Netherlands, CTA -Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation- and SOWIT have taken a flying leap into drone technology.
Recognizing the disruptive digital opportunities provided by UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) in agriculture, Hamza Rkha Chaham, founder of SOWIT and former Head of International Development at AIRINOV, partnered with CTA. Last year, they trained 10 African entrepreneurs into becoming leaders in the drone operating industry. Countries represented were Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. A year after this training, these participants as well as EY, a leading consulting firm, met in Ghana for an experience capitalization workshop from June 18th till June 23rd. The objectives of this workshop were not only to improve business efficiency and enterprise management as drone operators but also to share and analyse challenges, successes, and failures in operationalizing drone services in Africa.