Kenyan based agriculture technology company Lentera has been selected as the winner of the Innov8 agriculture challenge in Dubai. Founded in 2016 as a soil health company, Lentera uses satellite and drone data to monitor crop health and estimate yield for a variety of crops. Farmers using Lentera’s solution have access to hyper-localized weather updates as weekly satellite images of their farm highlighting areas of concern. Farmers are able to use this information to optimize fertilizer and water application. “We are honored that our solution has been selected as the best innovation in agriculture at this event. This is a win for all farmers and all innovators working hard every day to tackle the challenge of sustainable food production in Africa.” Moses Kimani, Founder and CEO of Lentera said.
The Innov8 agriculture challenge was the highlight of the Meet the Farmers Conference (MTFC) that took place in Dubai on the 27th and 28th of November 2019. A first of its kind agro event that aims to connect large scale commodity producers in Africa to buyers in the UAE. “There is a $110 billion market gap that we believe Africa can fill”. According to Crenov8 CEO Bola Oyedele, MTFC aims to tackle this imbalance by creating a thriving environment to breed synergy between African farmers, technology companies, exporters and agribusiness investors with off-takers in the GCC, using Dubai as a hub.
Farmers are increasingly turning to technology in a bid to boost productivity and optimize costs. The green revolution in Africa will be hinged on technology as an enabler for sustainable agriculture.