Session Details

Title: Keynote Presentation 8
Date: Thu Dec 10, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Moderator: N/A
Keynote 8 - Precision Agriculture in Sub- Africa: The Path Forward

Smallholder farmers contribute significantly to food security and rural livelihoods in Africa, but their yields are often low due to declining soil fertility, high input costs, and decreased availability of land for cultivation among other factors.  These challenges are exacerbated by climate change. Furthermore, soil physicochemical and biological properties are heterogeneous among farms within same or different agro-ecological zones, with obvious consequences for yields. This variability is also associated with labour, income, production orientation, cultural norms and wealth distribution.  Given the challenges and variability, smallholder farmers in Africa must adopt precision agriculture (PA) systems that ensure low input use, high efficiency and sustainable productivity.  PA adoption is still low in Africa due to low awareness levels of PA technology, limited access to sources of information and data, insufficient and low quality of information and data, lack of technical knowledge and high cost of the technology. PA methods and tools can be leveraged to provide benefits to both farmers and society through increasing production efficiency and environmental stewardship in smallholder farming systems. However, as easy as it sounds, the reality is that the digital transformation of SSA agriculture is still a few years away.  Therefore, the path forward is increased awareness, education and research driven by pragmatic national policy, capacity building and financial commitments

Kwame Frimpong (speaker)
Inaugural President and Board Chair
African Association for Precision Agriculture (AAPA)
Cape Coast, Non-US/Non-Canadian 032

Dr. Kwame Agyei Frimpong is an Associate Professor and Researcher in Soil Fertility, and Head of the Department of Soil Science at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.  Kwame is the current president of the African Association for Precision Agriculture. Dr. Frimpong holds a PhD in Plant and Soil Science obtained from the University of Aberdeen (2011); an MSc in Physical Land Resources from Ghent University, Belgium (2001); an MSc in Precision Agriculture from the University of Mohamed IV Polytechnic, Morocco (2022) and a BSc (Honours) in Agriculture from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana (1992).  Dr. Frimpong has previously worked with Prof. Warren Dick, Ohio State University as Norman Borlaug Fellow, Prof. Bernd Marschner, Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany as a TWAS-DFG Fellow, and Dr. Martin Blackwell as a RIFS fellow at Rothamsted Research, UK.  Kwame had also undertaken a comprehensive leadership training in Malawi through the AWARD fellowship. Kwame is leading an effort to integrate Precision Agriculture knowledge and technology into existing curriculum in sub-Saharan agricultural training institutions, and establish international PA-related research collaborations and long-lasting partnerships. Kwame loves music, reading and soccer.

Length (approx): 30 min