A major conference and exhibition has opened in Nairobi – bringing together thousands of participants. It is taking place between June 14 – 16 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre where the 4th Agritec Africa Exhibition organized by Kenya government and India’s Radeecal Communications will run together with the Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative, which is led by the UK and US governments to propagate for open data in agriculture and nutrition.

Godan is co-hosting the Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition.

The meeting is touted as the largest worldwide event to convene business leaders, governments from several G77 nations and at large the Global South, for the singular and unified cause of technologically and scientifically revolutionising agriculture through sharing of vital data which are currently hidden or inaccessible.

The Conference is attended by more than 1,000 high level participants, led by Ministers for Agriculture from 100 countries, private sector, academia, think-tanks, civil society, youth organisations, research networks and development practitioners, the United Nations and multilateral institutions especially the African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commissions for Africa, Asia and Latin America, the African Union Commission, Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and international organisations.

The meeting was opened by the Minister for Agriculture Willy Bett, who was representing President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The Government and Private Sector need to help in uptake and scaleup of youth innovations in Agriculture,” said President Kenyatta.

Kenya is a fitting host for the conference, representing Africa, which as a continent has huge potential for Agricultural grow

“We are bringing the world’s best technology. It’s low cost and will benefit Kenyan farmers.” said Sanyal Desai, the CEO at Radeecal Communications.

In Africa, the Agriculture sector employs 65% of the labour force with the sector accounting for 32% of Africa’s total GDP. Yet, land and agricultural productivity are found to be one of the lowest in the world. The economy of Kenya is the largest by GDP in East and Central Africa with the agriculture sector contributing 24% in the total GDP of Kenya in year 2011.

Periods of high economic growth rates have been synonymous with increased agricultural growth; however the economy is affected by several untapped crops cultivation such as Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Horticulture, Floriculture, Cotton and Macadamia Nuts.

 

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