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Improving Agricultural Practices in Africa by Creating Wider and Better Access to Smart Agriculture Services

German government-funded initiative Make-IT in Africa and mobile operator Orange have opened applications for the GreenAPI: Smart Agriculture Programme, which aims to help agri-tech startups in Senegal scale more quickly. It leverages digital agricultural platforms (DAPs) to bundle smart agricultural products and services and thereby allow smallholder farmers to access a full range of services with the potential to improve their productivity and livelihood through a one-stop shop. The GreenAPI: Smart Agriculture Programme facilitates business partnerships between smart agriculture startups and DAPs, empowering startups to integrate their products and services with DAPs by providing them with all the skills required to plan and implement the integration and offering them a unique opportunity to be matched with a DAP to design and pilot a joint service offering with a long-term viable business partnership as a result.