Winners: Fall Armyworm Tech Innovation Prize

Congratulations to the 6 winners of the fall armyworm tech prize especially the top winners: Farm Ink and Akorion. Congrats to the Ghanaian tech companies for winning the other award components: Henson Geodata and Farmerline Ltd.

Agricinghana Media is proud to assist in monitoring these tech solutions and how they evolve.

 

Winners

The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize is pleased to announce the six winners:

Farm.Ink

UNITED KINGDOM OPERATING IN KENYA

Grand Prize Winner – $150,000

Fall Armyworm Virtual Advisor

The Fall Armyworm Virtual Advisor is an interactive solution that provides knowledge on how to identify, scout, and treat fall armyworm to its users. The tool is integrated into Farm.ink’s award-winning mobile service, Africa Farmers Club, an online group and chatbot that enables more than 150,000 farmers across Africa to find information about farming. Through the Facebook Messenger platform, the solution gamifies learning and after completing trainings, allows farmers to access the FAW Scouter, a progressive web app that guides farmers through the scouting process. It then provides farmers with personalized recommendations for how to treat fall armyworm on their farms.

 

Akorion

UGANDA

Runner Up – $75,000

EzyAgric

The EzyArmyWorm (EAW), an enhancement of the pest and disease diagnostic in the EzyAgric app, aims to assist farmers, extension workers, and agribusinesses in Uganda with early detection and accurate diagnosis of FAW. It uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to allow farmers to easily detect the pest across possible affected crops at any stage of the production cycle. With SMS and smart alert notifications, EAW provides farmers with constant reminders and real-time information on how to detect, manage, and address fall armyworm.

 

Project Concern International and Dimagi

UNITED STATES OPERATING IN MALAWI AND TANZANIA

Runner Up – $75,000

AfriFARM

Built on CommCare, an existing digital platform designed for low-resource settings, AfriFARM provides accessible and actionable information about FAW to smallholders, lead farmers, and agricultural extension agents in Africa. The app provides learning modules tailored to user needs and capabilities on topics including management; identification; scouting; treatment options and safety considerations; and incidence reporting.

 

Farmerline

GHANA

Frontier Innovation – $50,000

CdPAS

Crop Disease Prediction & Advisory Services (CdPAS) by Farmerline is a digital solution that allows end-users to access information on fall armyworm, engage experts on the pest, make incidence reports, and request inputs/services. CdPAS will leverage the audio-visual learning capabilities of local farmers by providing the simplified information via two channels: 1) An Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, which allows users to access content in their preferred local language and on any mobile phone; and 2) an android application that has media-rich content (photos, videos, infographics) on the pest.

 

Henson Geodata Technologies

GHANA

Frontier Innovation – $50,000

Igeza

Igeza is a cloud-based mobile application that enables early detection and instant interaction with a control center. Igeza integrates location and audio-visual services used by the smallholder maize farmer to scout, scan and identify fall armyworm as well as map their farms. The call center connects all notifications to a pool of experts including entomologists, plant pathologists, agronomists, and extension workers who can analyze the evidence presented and recommend appropriate management responses, where needed.

 

eHealth Africa

NIGERIA

Frontier Innovation – $50,000

CornBot

CornBot is an audio-visual mobile application that interacts with farmers in their local language, talking them through a process that helps them identify, control, and manage fall armyworm. It uses an image-based Q&A mechanism to engage farmers and empower them with information needed to combat fall armyworm. CornBot also aggregates data on the prevalence of fall armyworm, providing stakeholders with real-time data necessary for formulating evidence-based policies and interaction.

 

News Source: Editor/ Agricinghana Media

Nesta ( Fall Armyworm challenge)

Email: Editor@agricinghana.com