The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has announced the ICT hubs and labs selected as partners ahead of the regional hackathon running parallel with the international conference on ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) in Kigali, Rwanda.
The conference, co-hosted by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), is slated for November 4-8, and will examine how ICTs are empowering producers and consumers along the entire value chain.
CTA hopes the conference will promote the application of ICTs in the agricultural sector with particular emphasis on value chains, advocacy and policy development.
Thirty East African technology spaces expressed interest in being partners, with the selection committee narrowing them down to nine.
Those selected include kLab in Rwanda, KINU and Buni Hub in Tanzania, Ice Addis in Ethiopia, Hive Colab and Outbox in Uganda, C4DLab (Computing for Development Lab) and iBizAfrica in Kenya and Habaka Madagascar Innovation Hub in Madagascar.
Each of the selected partners will organise a national event to select a team that will send two representatives at the regional finals where teams will receive coaching, mentorship and valuable feedback from players in the ICT and agriculture sector attending the ICT4Ag conference.
CTA also announced that m:lab East Africa has been selected as technical manager of the event.