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Digital Climate Advisory Services in sub-Saharan Africa

This insights brief presents a framework to assess the potential to succesfully develop and scale Digital Climate Advisory Services (DCAS). The framework is intended for solution providers, investors and other actors in the DCAS value chain. It uses a combination of three proxy indicators: the institutional & policy environment, the technical & infrastructure environment and the business environment. From the assessment, different DCAS development pathways can be derived for different actors in the value chain. To illustrate the use of the framework, it has been applied to 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Based on the outcomes of the assessments, suitable pathways can be determined for the examined countries, e.g. a business-to-government approach or public-private partnerships based on different business models.

Connected with COP26, Digital Agrihub has also launched a theme page on Digital Climate Advisory Services.

Digital agripreneurship for Indian agriculture

This case study explores the current state of play of the digitalisation for agriculture sector in India, for the benefit
of agri-enterprises and small-scale producers. Digital agripreneurship holds promise for enabling the transformation of existing businesses through the introduction of digital technologies and innovative enterprises. At the same time, agripreneurs in India encounter difficulties in developing and deploying impactful digital solutions. The study uses the concept of Smart Farming Innovations (SFIs) developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. SFIs create interventions for sustainable business models by allowing agri-enterprises to offer digital innovations, scalable platforms and bundled services.
 
This brief integrates opinions and views of various important players in the sector. It provides an overview of the current landscape of digitalisation in agriculture in India, the position of different stakeholder groups and the role of policy. It highlights among others the opportunities of bundling digital solutions and services to sustain business models and work effectively with small-scale producers and the critical role of farmer producing organisations for market linkages and for reaching small-scale producers.