Phygital farming solutions are transforming African agriculture

Started in November 2017, NADiRA is a Horizon 2020 innovation action to develop agriculture in Africa using sustainable digital farming solutions. NADiRA includes the industrialization of Earth Observation products, sensors IoT data and mobile devices giving stakeholders the key information to invest in smallholder farming.

Digital technologies offer a unique opportunity to transform and secure agriculture in Africa. Through new ecosystems development inside the smallholder value chains, transparency, inclusiveness and efficiency are improved.

Digital revolution enables:


Technologies make it possible to provide georeferenced, real-time performance monitoring of the reality of agricultural production for each individual smallholder field and throughout the entire value chain.


Smallholder agriculture development through integration of digital technologies foster the development of an innovative rural job market, harnessing the aspirations and skills of youth in developing economies.


Stakeholders and producers need to access the right information to allow the equitable inclusion of bottom-of-the-pyramid producers into structured agricultural markets.

NADiRA will de-risk agriculture further, faster with Earth Observation and IoT

NADiRA is a Horizon 2020 innovation action to industrialize the incorporation of Copernicus, other Earth Observation products and in-situ sensors inside agCelerant™. The innovation will reduce investment risk for agro-industrial stakeholders, notably bankers, insurers, input suppliers and food processors.

agCelerant is an agricultural value chain orchestration digital platform present in 12 countries and connecting producers with banks, insurers, input providers and agro-industries in smallholder contract farming.

NADiRA will help:


Increase the availability of input credit to smallholders through reduced agricultural investment risk and cash-out for financial institutions.


Reduce exposure to climate risks through more robust, affordable agricultural insurance products.


Improve smallholders’ tactical management of crop nutrient deficiencies and post-harvest losses to increase productivity, harvest quality and income.

Socio-economic impacts

The successful replication all over Africa of the agCelerant™ solution enhanced by the NADiRA project is expected to have a direct socio-economic impact and to adress highly sensitive issues, briging added value to strategic partnerships at continental scale.

The exploitation of the project results in combination with aGcelerant™ will: increase productivity by 15%, improve livelihoods of million farmers by 2050 and develop job opportunities for young people in farming, trading, coaching, this helping to control youth employment and tighten the agri-cultural fabric in potentially volatile societal context.

This project is expected to contribute to the objectives of the Strategic African Union – European Union Partnership, more specifically in Area 3 – Human development, and Area 4 – Sustainable and inclusive development and growth, thus improving local livelihood and reducing migration pressures.

With its infrastructure embracing all sources of territorial information – from satellites to field data – NADiRA directly contributes to the achievement of 5 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 UN Agenda: n°1 – No Poverty, n°2 – No Hunger, n°6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, n°8 – Good Jobs and Economic Growth, n°9 – Innovation and Infrastructure.

This project will also create innovation capacity as the NADiRA platform will be open to scientists and service developers. Thanks to the organization put in place, the increasing wealth of data and the tools made available by the platform, scientists and developers will be able to develop their own capacities in a large range of thematic domains such as forestry, water management, urban and rural planning, environment monitoring.

Activating virtuous transactional practice… opening new markets 

NADiRA pioneers the incorporation of Earth Observation and IoT into the structuration and optimization of smallholder value chains, with innovative insdustrialization processes and inclusive economic models.

During thirty months, four extensive pilots run in parallel in Nigeria and Senegal will validate the economic and commercial viability of Earth Observation solution in partnership with commercial banks, insurers, input suppliers and agri-industrial buyers. Different crop types and production systems – irrigated rice, rain fed peanut and maize in Senegal and rain fed sorghum in Nigeria – will be analysed during four irrigated and two rain fed crop campaigns, adressing various production environments and management practices.