New climate-smart technologies will boost agriculture and jobs in West Africa
A new programme is being launched to equip farmers in Africa with climate-smart agricultural tools and technologies.
The project is being rolled out by CORAF, a West African research institute, with the support of the World Bank.
It seeks to place innovative technologies in the hands of farmers to better protect them from the impacts of climate change.
It is hoped that by scaling up the use of new technologies, farmers across the continent can improve productivity, increase climate resiliency, and encourage the younger generation to seek a career in agriculture.
ICT tools and geo-mapping are two such examples that can be used to help crop yields. These provide farmers with added knowledge to improve soil management and growth.
It is thought the scheme, which will be officially launched later this year, will extend across West and Central Africa, from Sierra Leone to Cameroon.
Photo courtesy of Neil Palmer.