New publications show that a number of precision agriculture technologies have been tested under conditions in sub-Saharan Africa and show promising results.
To adapt cultivation and animal husbandry practices to local or even within-field conditions rather than to use general recommendations is called precision agriculture or precision farming. It is often regarded as the future of agriculture, where sensor technology and digital solutions are part of the decision making.
Two new comprehensive reviews of scientific studies show that a number of precision agriculture technologies have been tested in sub-Saharan Africa with promising results. Most of these technologies are, however, at the experimental stage, applied mainly in large-scale mostly in commercial farms, primarily in South Africa. It is concluded that increased precision in input and management practices also among sub-Saharan Africa smallholder farmers can significantly improve productivity even without extra use of inputs.
Read more in the articles:
Precision agriculture research in sub-Saharan Africa countries: a systematic map
Precision Agriculture for Resource Use Efficiency in Smallholder Farming Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review