Byte by Byte: Nigeria Case Study

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The Malabo Montpellier Panel’s report —Byte by Byte: Policy Innovation for Transforming Africa’s Food System with Digital Technologies—Summarizes the key findings of a systematic analysis of what seven African countries at the forefront of progress on digitalization of the agriculture sector have done right. It analyzes which institutional and policy innovations were implemented and what actions were taken by the private sector and agtech start-ups to increase the development and use of digital tools and services in the agriculture value chain.

Digitalization in Nigeria’s agriculture sector is advancing rapidly. The government’s drive to shift away from oil revenues and toward less-developed sectors is providing a strong stimulus to modernize the agriculture sector. Nigeria’s score of 4.5 of 9i on the World Bank’s EBA ICT Index indicates a prospering enabling digitalization environment.
With a score of 45.9 in GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index (MCI), Nigeria is performing particularly well in providing affordable handsets, reducing mobile-specific taxation, and creating gender equality in the labor market.

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