Byte by Byte: Ghana 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.

Ghana has a rapidly developing digitalization environment. According to the World Bank’s EBA ICT Index, Ghana ranks among the top five best performing African countries. The EBA ICT index score of 5.5ii out of 9 indicates a strong enabling digital environment with regards to laws, regulations, and policies.1 Secondly, according to GSMA’s Mobile Connectivity Index (MCI)iii, Ghana’s mobile internet adoption rate and usage increased by 15 percent within the
last four years, with an MCI score of 52.7 in 2017. The country is performing particularly well in 3G network coverage and in providing the first 4G services, affordable handset prices, gender equality in terms of the labor market, and a higher ratio of bank accounts held by women, as well as content
availability in terms of mobile services in local languages.

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