Microsoft, OCP Africa partner to sustain and grow food security in Africa
Microsoft and OCP Africa will support smallholder farmers, agri-dealers and other stakeholders in Africa.
The OCP Africa Digital Agriculture Platform puts farmers at the heart of the ecosystem and facilitates communication with farmers and Agri-Stakeholders and provides access to products and Agri-services.
Digital innovation and new technologies are very important for OCP Africa. The company sees in those technologies real solutions to help solve the challenges agriculture and agribusiness are facing today in Africa.
Working with Microsoft, OCP Africa intends to rapidly scale up its Agri-digital initiatives with new and existing geographies, enhancing the value of the platform for farmers and other stakeholders.
Microsoft, through its Africa Transformation Office, and OCP Africa has announced a partnership that will positively impact smallholder farmers and Agri-stakeholders across Africa by 2025.
The partnership was announced at the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), taking place in Doha, Qatar,
OCP Africa, an African company that supplies fertilizer solutions adapted to local conditions and to the needs of soils and crops across the continent, is partnering with Microsoft to reinforce and scale its Digital Agriculture Platform. This platform enhances the quality of farmers’ production, enables them to better manage their businesses. Partnership between both companies will scale the Agri-platforms rapidly with new and existing geographies, enhancing the services offered and developing new services.
In this time of increasing food insecurity, enhancing the resilience and livelihoods for smallholder farmers is needed to drive increased agriculture productivity, including reducing losses in the food production chain. With the increasing impacts of more frequent extreme weather events, adaptation and resilience are of crucial importance to the food system’s transformation.
Collaboration with African AgriTech startups, agricultural firms and partners to increase access to technology, skills, and agricultural knowledge is crucial to optimising the industry and generating new revenue streams that will ensure global food security. Microsoft aims to support digital transformation in agriculture to drive economic growth. The adoption and integration of technologies such as the Cloud, AI, Agri Data Platforms and Azure App modernisation into the agricultural space will deliver transformation in the form of precision agriculture.
The partnership will enable smallholder farmers to access skilling and information through Agri-digital services leveraging on OCP Africa programmes like the Farmer Hub concept to support millions of farmers. OCP Africa will also work with Microsoft to explore the use of big data, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to build their data and AI platform to enhance operational efficiency and better serve the stakeholders in the ecosystem.
“We believe that precision farming, brought about by the adoption of advanced technologies into the agricultural sector, will revolutionise food production and help to eliminate hunger and poverty in Africa. Technology is the key factor to enabling and increasing access to finance, equipment, and sustainability for rural farmers, empowering local farmers in Africa. Our partnership with OCP Africa will help to directly impact smallholder farmers and improve production,” says Wael Elkabbany, General Manager for Microsoft Africa Regional Cluster.
“African agriculture is at a transformational moment in its history – and a time of incredible possibility and promise for farmers and industry alike. Digitising agricultural practices in Africa allows smallholder farmers to optimise their decision-making, which in turn helps optimise production. The partnership between OCP Africa and Microsoft will allow us to increase the services provided and scale-up our digital platform, expand our reach and make an even bigger impact on food security across the continent,” says Dr Mohamed Anouar Jamali, CEO of OCP Africa.
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The opportunity in Africa is immense, but there is a pressing need to adopt digital platforms to accelerate Africa’s economic growth and better enable Africans to participate in the global digital economy. Through the Africa Transformation Office, Microsoft focuses on four essential development areas – digital infrastructure, skilling, SMEs and start-ups, supported by strategic partnerships with industry alliances and coalitions, to fuel investment in Africa and further establish the continent’s export of digital services.
Created in 2016, OCP Africa, a subsidiary of the OCP Group, aims to contribute to the development of integrated agricultural ecosystems in Africa.
OCP Africa works hand in hand with farmers to help grow the agricultural potential of the African continent through solutions adapted to local conditions and to the needs of soils and crops. In partnership with a network of partners, including governments, non-profit organizations, and companies, OCP Africa works continuously to put all the necessary conditions for the benefit of farmers.
OCP Africa has local offices in many African countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Benin, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, and Rwanda) and is present on the ground in many others. It is also helping to secure the production of competitive fertilizers near major agricultural regions, to strengthen its logistical capacities and to develop new local distribution networks.
Learn more: www.ocpafrica.com