CSIR-Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (CSIR-INSTI)
CSIR-SARI, P. O. Box 52 Tamale Ghana.
CSIR-SARI, P. O. Box 52 Tamale Ghana
It takes a few minutes for a fruit fly to find a suitable spot on the mango and inject her eggs under the skin of the fruit. But even in that short time, the weaver ants will have either chased her away or have captured her. Their scent also helps. When other insects detect the scent of weaver ants, they prefer to stay away.
On average 500 visitors per month
On average 10 technologies uploaded per month
On average 5 new countries per month
It is interesting to have a platform like the Agricultural Innovation and Technology Marketplace. This site gives visibility to agricultural innovators and allows agricultural entrepreneurs and us agricultural enthusiasts to see the commendable efforts that are being made across the continent and especially in our West African sub-region. More and more, the promise of sustainable agriculture is becoming a reality. Bravo to all those who are working on this project.
This website is a reflection of the characteristics of the market for agricultural innovations and technologies. And I think that the various CNS training modules on artificial insemination, the use of soil micro-organisms to increase agricultural production, and the training on aquaculture will enable African youth to engage in entrepreneurship to optimise crops and solve the problem of food self-sufficiency in Africa.
The Market for Agricultural Innovation and Technology (MITA) is an excellent initiative in my view. Its digital paradigm is relevant, given the trajectory of our current civilisation. We are indeed moving towards an increasingly digital and connected world. The challenge now, in my opinion, would be to involve the rural environment more effectively as it remains the agricultural market base of nations.
MITA has the advantage of bringing together in a single platform a range of technologies and know-how from our research institutes and also from the private sector. With free and user-friendly access and the possibility of interacting with several actors, it also makes it possible to maintain a technology watch in agricultural research and development.
MITA as a technology exhibition and discovery space can play a very important role in the virtual demonstration of technologies and innovations to boost scale-up and adoption. However, to achieve this goal, a well-developed and aggressive communication strategy around the MITA platform will be required.
A place that is accessible from anywhere, such as an electronic platform, where technologies and innovations are displayed and information is provided, is undoubtedly a secure means of disseminating these technologies and innovations. This is what MITA is trying to achieve by enabling dialogue and exchanges around these agricultural technologies and innovations for their better appropriation and use by the recipients.