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Uganda To Host The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize

The Fall Armyworm Tech Co-Creation Event is scheduled to take place in Uganda at the Africana Hotel, from June 26-29th and will be packed with innovators, experts, and stakeholders.

The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize seeks digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information, enabling smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall army worm in Africa.

The competition attracted 228 entries, with over 80% entries from Africa.

There will be 40 innovators, 2 for each finalist team, affording finalists will get the opportunity to celebrate their status and continue to develop their prototypes through co-creation and expert advice.

Finalists will participate in workshops, panels, and activities such as business development planning, prototyping, understanding the farmer context and a marketplace where their prototypes will be on display for early feedback, as this will help them improve and further develop their prototypes.

The finalists’ solution titles are as follows: A Mobile Layaway Solution to Combating Fall Armyworm (USA), “Boa me” (Ghana), Africa Rising (RSA), AfriFARM (USA), AGRI-POLL.

A smart survey system (Uganda), AL-based Digital Monitoring System (Israel), Autonomous FAW Identification Using Deep Learning (USA), CdPAS Mobile : Crop disease prediction and advisory services on any mobile phone (Ghana), CornBot: Farmers Everyday Virtual Assistant for Sustainable Maize Production (Nigeria), Digicult (Taiwan), EzyAgric (Uganda), Fall Armyworm Identification, Verification and Mitigation through Digital Information (Kenya), FarmSmart Pest and Disease (PAD) app (Nigeria), LEA.

Pests? Problem solved! (Uganda), Locsmman Pro/OFES (Ghana), Shape Up Against Armyworm (Kenya), UDefeatFAW (USA), WeFAW Alert and Expert Advisory Model (WeFAW) (USA), and Zaois-Tech (Kenya).

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“We are thrilled to welcome the finalists to Kampala for the Co-Creation Event. We know that we’ll be working with a group of fantastic innovators on their journey to fight fall armyworm. The Co-Creation Event marks the start of a period of support that will help finalists work on their initial ideas and make them even greater,” Liz Vossen, NESTA

Nesta is a global innovation foundation that backs new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time, from the pressures of an ageing population to stretched public services and a fast-changing jobs market.

 

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