Sub Saharan Africa has a number of issues in its markets. Average maize yields have plateaued at 1.3 mt/ha, whereas in America yields are some 9 mt/ha. About 50% of this yield gap can be closed through increased soil nutrients and crop protection.
However, inputs use is far lower than other developing countries. There is huge potential to close this gap through better inputs access combined with responsible, sustainable use, linked to markets.
This is why AGRIinsight has developed and is rolling out mobile applications that provide farmers with tools to access services more effectively.