TechInAfrica – Four Ugandan companies have received funding and support from UNCDF and the Swedish government to scale up their solution model for the smallholder agriculture in Uganda.
The solution will focus on the vulnerable communities and farmers’ welfare and productivity in their work field in the North and West Nile regions of Uganda and Kiryandongo for the initial phase.
The companies receiving are Hamwe East Africa, Nilecom, Cabral Tech Limited, and Quest Digital Finance Limited. Their solutions will implement home-made digital technologies in rural communities.
Chris Lukolyo of the UNCDF Uganda Digital Lead said, “By supporting Ugandan entrepreneurs to build solutions that address particular needs of vulnerable populations, we foster the growth of the digital ecosystem, improve life in these communities and enable excluded groups to become more active participants in the economy.”
“We are witnessing first-hand the role that digital solutions can play in ensuring continuity in sectors like agriculture where disruption of services directly impacts food security and human survival,” Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Hon Vincent Ssempijja said.
UNCDF makes inclusive innovation part of their digital strategy ‘Leaving No One Behind in the Digital Era’ to achieve and sustain an inclusive digital economy in the developing countries. For Uganda, it grants at least one million people to reap the advantages of technology solutions in all sectors.
For the Minister of ICT and National Guidance Hon Judith Nabakooba, the innovation will tremendously ease the farmers working condition, considering the digital-based era the world is heading.
“The Ministry of ICT and National Guidance welcome these innovations because driving the use of technology to increase productivity in agriculture is one of the objectives of the digital transformation agenda of the National Development Plan III.”