— What projects are you currently working on?
— Right now, my group has two main projects. One focuses on implementing SAMA
, which is the continental framework for developing Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa. In the project’s current phase, we are mostly focusing on capacity building through workshops and training sessions. We had our first workshops in Uganda and the Ivory Coast last December. This year, we’re planning to hold more training in Benin, the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Zambia.
The other project concerns climate-smart agriculture in Zambia and Sri Lanka. We’re creating service hubs there to support the development of agricultural mechanization. These hubs are centers where a farmer or machine operator can offer mechanization services, such as seeding, to fellow farmers in the area for a service fee.
I’m also currently working on a report on the application of agricultural robotics and its prospects in sustainable agriculture and developing countries. It’s planned for publication this year.