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GFIA Africa announces this year’s top 30 innovators

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GFIA Africa is comprised of a two-day conference and exhibition aimed at facilitating dialogue between all players involved in the agricultural value chain with a view to developing strategies to implement real change in agricultural development in Africa. It brings together food producers, policy-makers, investors, ministerial buyers, NGOs, research organisations, resellers, agents, innovators and other industry leaders.

“The GFIA Innovations present an opportunity for innovators to showcase their game-changing technology at GFIA Africa to a highly relevant and captive audience,” says Mark Beaumont, GFIA Project Director. “This opportunity is aimed at any companies, NGOs, academic institutions, farmers or individuals that have created an innovation, technology, or service that can improve farm productivity and support agricultural development in Africa,” he says

The presentation of the world’s most exciting sustainable agriculture innovations, forms the backbone of GFIA events around the globe. From over 250 submissions, the GFIA Africa Advisory Board has picked the top 30 to join the programme in Durban. These innovations come from all disciplines, backgrounds and perspectives, including private companies, entrepreneurs, not-for-profits, universities and research centres.

The Innovations Presenter has up to 10 minutes during the GFIA conference to present the benefits of their idea, product or service, and why it will improve productivity for farmers in Africa.

Some of the major innovation presentations that delegates can expect to see, include: The Red Line

Drones - Red Line aims to be the world's leading manufacturer of cost-effective drones and droneports to deliver agricultural products to the world’s poorest communities.

AgMIP Regional Integrated Assessments - Using new methods that integrate climate, crop, livestock and economic data and models, these innovative assessment tools provide farming stakeholders with accurate information to guide planning.

Esoko Farmer Helpline - Currently changing the way that over 40,000 farmers access information and sell their commodities, Esoko provides a market information platform giving smallholders access to weather forecasts, climate-smart agriculture tips and virtual commodity marketing systems using a mobile application and call centre services.

Seeds for Needs Initiative – This initiative helps farmers in Africa to use bioversity to minimise climate change risks. It exposes farmers to different crop varieties, increases their knowledge of different traits and strengthens their seed systems.

Solar Energy Drier - The solar drying mechanism is a simple low-cost technology that provides small-scale farmers with affordable solutions to address post-harvest losses and increase income potential.

Kikapu – This solar-powered ventilation system provides a unique solution for the conservation of grain for small farmers in Africa.

Zuka - Through biotechnology and vermicomposting this innovation provides an affordable alternative waste management solution for municipalities that eliminates air and ground water pollution.

Biological Pest Control – Using biological solutions for pest control this innovation makes horticulture and agriculture healthier, safer and more productive.

Surehatch Egg Incubators – With a current shortage of 500 million chickens per year on the African continent this figure is set to rise to a shortage of 1 billion chickens in the next 10 years if current production methods and lack of infrastructure continue.  The solution is smaller scale, localised production where small scale egg incubators and hatchers enable smaller scale production of chickens.

GFIA Africa forms part of the world’s most influential series of events for the future of sustainable agriculture. It connects key private and public sector decision-makers from across the agriculture spectrum with innovators, to demonstrate how game-changing technologies can positively impact agriculture.  GFIA is proudly presented by international events organiser, Turret Media, in association with CTA, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

View the full programme of innovations and book your place at www.gfiaafrica.com

 

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