Investing in use of Data (Agri-Intelligence) key to growth in Agriculture in Kenya

Author: Gabriel Rugalemala & Willy Bett

African governments now more than ever require accurate, timely and accessible data to make informed decisions and better respond to their citizens’ development needs.

However, majority of them are facing immense challenges in generating, aggregating and analysing data in general regardless of the economic sectors. In many occasions it has often resulted in slow decision-making, poor co-ordination and inefficient resource allocation.

One of the main challenges is the limited capacity of national statistics offices and other primary data producers, especially in rural and peri-urban locations.

Nevertheless, the demand for data-driven decision-making has only increased as governments work to uplift the living standard of their citizens by increasing productivity, reducing costs and boosting revenues —

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