Your thoughts and feedback on Aggregator Platforms for Digital Services in Agriculture.


Thanks for sharing. Definitely an important read. Will purpose to read
in-depth and give you feedback.


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On Sun, Mar 28, 2021 at 12:25 PM John Kieti via kictanet <> wrote:

> Dear Esteemed Listers,
> Reports by AGRA and Disrupt Africa consistently position Kenya as the
> global leader in the number of tech ventures and digital solutions for
> agriculture (DSAs). By GSMA’s 2020 report which tracked 713 active DSAs,
> more than half (437) were in sub Saharan Africa. Kenya led with 95 and
> Nigeria was at a distant second with about half of Kenya’s number. Studies
> have questioned the ability of these DSAs to scale out so as to
> significantly impact a sector that is the mainstay of most sub Saharan
> African economies (including Kenya).
> My co-authors and I sought to contribute in diversifying the thinking
> about efforts to unlock the promise of digitalisation and digital
> transformation of agriculture in sub Saharan Africa. We conceptualised an
> aggregator platform for digital services in agriculture (AP4DSA). This is a
> special type of digital platform for agriculture whose characteristics can
> partially be observed in nascent platforms such as Safaricom’s DigiFarm,
> EcoFarmer in Zimbabwe, Bayer’s Climate FieldView, and an “imaginary
> instance of Google play store for agriculture”. Such a platform can be
> expected to address DSA discoverability challenges including fragmentation
> of the digital agriculture ecosystem, absence of a one-stop-shop, and an
> unmet desire for comprehensiveness.
> We proceeded to examine the underlying structure of value creation sources
> in such a digital platform as perceived by likely users in Kenya. We
> recently published our findings in the Digital Business Journal on the link
> below (pdf downloadable)
> (see
> also attached graphical abstract)
> I take this early opportunity to invite listers’ review of our findings. I
> am particularly wishful for feedback about the issues of value chain
> coverage and digital inclusivity, which our research finds as sub-themes
> of platform inclusivity, a major theme on amplifying the value of such a
> platform.
> Kind regards.
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