African Association for Precision Agriculture

APNI has founded the African Association for Precision Agriculture (AAPA).  The main objective of the AAPA will be to work as an organized group to contribute to the development of PA in Africa and to engage the global PA community through scientific, informative, extension, and training activities.  The AAPA will apply for active community status within the International Society of PA, which will require the following activities:
  • Hold an Annual Community Meeting (either at the ICPA, other virtual meeting, or otherwise as arranged by Community Leadership)
  • Conduct an election of Community Leadership at the Community Meeting in alternate years.
  • Have a minimum of 10 ISPA members (AAPA board members will be expected to hold active ISPA membership) identified as community members at the end of each calendar year.
  • Maintain a webpage with current information on the ISPA site.
  • Organize a minimum of one oral session, technical tour, workshop, or event at each ICPA or other appropriate venue every two years.
The AAPA board will also have responsibilities to help plan the next APNI-hosted AfCPA in 2022.

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Election Results

New African Association for Precision Agriculture Formed (AAPA)
The AfCPA content emphasized the importance of PA in reducing yield gaps in Africa. However, many challenges exist in African countries currently struggling to bring PA to scale. A major “take-home” message from the AfCPA was that enthusiasm for PA in Africa is high and there is a willingness of various stakeholders to work together to develop successful models for PA in Africa.
 
At the close of the conference, all registrants were invited to participate in the inaugural election of AAPA board. The main objective of the AAPA will be to “work as an organized group to contribute to the development of PA in Africa and to engage the global PA community through scientific, informative, extension, and training activities.” The AAPA will apply for active community status within the ISPA, and will be actively involved with APNI in the planning of the next AfCPA in 2022. The newly elected board members include:
  • President: Dr. Kwame Frimpong, Associate Professor in Soil Science & Soil Fertility, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • President-elect: Dr. Vincent Aduramigba-Modupe, Africa Centre Director of the International Nitrogen Initiative and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Executive Secretary: Dr. Nicodeme Fassinou Hotegni, Assistant Professor in Crop Physiology, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin
  • Regional Representative (East and Southern Africa): Dr. Regis Chikowo, Agronomy Associate Professor at University of Zimbabwe 
  • Regional Representative (North Africa): Dr. Hatem Cheikh M'Hamed, Associate Professor at the National Institute of agricultural Research of Tunisia
  • Regional Representative (West and Central Africa): Dr. Jean M. Sogbedji, Professor of Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, and Director of the Soil, Climate and Crop Sciences Interface Laboratory at the University of Lomé, Togo
  • Founder: Dr. Steve Phillips, Principal Scientist, African Plant Nutrition Institute, Benguerir, Morocco