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23 Jun 2022

Digital Solutions for Smallholder Farmers

Gabriel Eze, Co-founder & CFO, Rural Farmers Hub, Nigeria and Jamie Collinson, CTO, Innovative Solutions for Decision Agriculture (iSDA), UK, talked with IFA Chief Scientist Achim Dobermann about how digital advisory solutions can benefit smallholder farmers in Africa, particularly with regards to efficient use of nutrients and other agronomic advice. Hear more about the work and vision of Rural Farmers Hub and iSDA and how digital advisory solutions can scale up to reach millions of farmers.

About the guest speakers

Gabriel Eze is co-founder and CFO of Rural Farmers Hub, a private e-extension service provider helping farmer organizations and extension agents support smallholder farmers with better farming decisions via satellite remote sensing or in-person. He helps build new ventures and projects around AI in the education, SME, health, agriculture and security sectors, especially for disadvantaged communities. An advocate for ethical use cases of AI in Africa with more than 10 years of experience in design, software development, and IT consulting, Gabriel is also the Founder/CEO of Touchabl Pictures, co-founder of MyPaymart (an online trust management platform/escrow and trade advisory) and a guest speaker at Hult International Business School.
Jamie Collinson is Chief Technology Officer at Innovative Solutions for Decision Agriculture (ISDA), a mission-based company developing financially sustainable and commercially scalable solutions for smallholders in Africa. He is a programmer, entrepreneur and lapsed mathematician who is passionate about building technology teams and using software to make things people want. Before joining iSDA, Jamie led a software consultancy focused on helping startups launch their first products, created a software-as-a-service product and took it to market. He also consulted with a wide range of organizations as a “virtual CTO,” managed IT and digital marketing for an international NGO and founded an e-commerce business. Jamie read the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge.