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Trends in digital agriculture advisory as the pandemic wanes

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital agriculture solutions have allowed smallholder farmers to continue receiving agriculture and health advisory, identify new markets for their crops, source inputs for their farms and access much-needed financing. In our 2021 ...

Challenges and opportunities in the ‘new normal’ for start-ups in the APAC region

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Overview: It all began with COVID-19 It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has left the global economy struggling, with low– and middle-income countries facing the most pronounced challenges and macroeconomic headwinds. Growth is slowing, inflation is on the ...

In Conversation with OmniVis: Rapid Cholera Testing in Kenya and Bangladesh

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It is estimated that each year there are 1.3 to 4 million cases of cholera worldwide and close to 143,000 deaths. In 2017, this number catapulted when over 1 million individuals were infected in Yemen as the country underwent political and military crisis. A lower priority ...

COVID-19: Using innovative technology to overcome the crisis and reshape the future of the economy

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Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech industry has witnessed a surge in innovations empowering governments, societies, and businesses with tools and assets to deal with social and economic challenges. In Tunisia, many start-ups have provided value across several sectors ...

Impactful Innovations: Insights from evaluating Cyber Food

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This post is part of a two-part blog series on a programme for Scaling Innovation and Supporting Entrepreneurship across the Indo-Pacific during the pandemic. This programme was funded by the Australian Government’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and ...

Starting Out Smart: Gender-Smart Strategies for Start-up Success

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When pandemic restrictions locked down Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea’s capital), many women absorbed additional unpaid care work, making it more difficult to do food shopping during the safer daylight hours. Shalom Warrey saw an opportunity and created “At Your Doorstep” ...

Navigating Cameroon’s Tech Ecosystem: Five Key Insights

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Cameroon’s economy was the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Central Africa. Information and communications technology (ICT) has been identified as a key driver of jobs and economic growth and a pathway for Cameroon to recover from the effects of the pandemic and transform the ...

COVID-19: Strengthening well-being through innovation

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused global disruption in the provision of essential goods and services, and Tunisia is no exception. Tunisia recorded its first COVID-19 cases in March 2020 rising to 423 cases by the end of the same month and the government quickly responded by ...

Thriving in crisis: how oDoc adapted during COVID-19

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Start-ups are key for driving economic growth and employment, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where markets and industries are less mature. In OECD countries, start-ups employ 20 per cent of youth and account for half of new jobs created. The role of ...

M4H Innovation Fund COVID-19 adaptation: The impact and reach of grantees’ responses

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global, social and political systems continues to have adverse consequences for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Isolated communities lack access to essential services and lifesaving commodities, while more vulnerable ...

AgriTech UX in an Era of Remote Work

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This is the third blog in a series introducing the grantees and key partners supporting The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains. This blog was jointly written with our global UX and product design partners, Dela Kumahor and Yann le Beux (YUX ...

Mobile money and international remittances: Enabling recovery during COVID-19

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Since 2016, the GSMA has supported the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) – adopted by the United Nations General Assembly – which is observed annually on 16 June. This year, the GSMA is continuing to support the International Fund for Agricultural Development ...

COVID-19: How is digital agriculture helping farmers?

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From the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 to February 2021, the GSMA AgriTech programme spoke to 40+ organisations, from farmer organisations to agritech companies, agribusinesses and mobile operators to understand how digital agriculture is helping farmers with their ...

The value of partnerships in the pandemic

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

COVID-19’s impact on mental health in humanitarian contexts

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Since July 2019, Naya Jeevan has been a part of our GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian (M4H) Innovation Fund portfolio. Round two of the Fund focused on supporting organisations to enable solutions to empower, assist or protect individuals and communities affected by complex ...

Scaling digital services in the pandemic

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

Growing adoption of mobile money in the water and sanitation sectors

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

Opportunities and challenges for water and sanitation providers in the pandemic

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

The impact of funding digital innovations to respond to COVID-19: Health, education and food security

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...

The impact of funding digital innovations to respond to COVID-19: Water and sanitation

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This post is part of a blog series on funding provided by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that the GSMA awarded to nine previous grantees in the water, sanitation, education, health and food security sectors which enabled them to continue ...