Byte by Byte: Senegal 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.

The Government of Senegal has shown clear commitment to promoting greater ICT penetration and provision of ICT services, including in the agriculture sector, through carefully designed policies and regulations.
The country’s EBA ICT score of 4.5 out of 9 indicates a strong enabling digital environment with regard to laws, regulations, and policies, while its score of 37.3 in the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index (MCI) reflects relatively good performance on the affordability of connections and
handsets, as well as network coverage. This achievement is largely due to the government’s commitment at institutional and programmatic levels to create an enabling environment for digitalizing its economy, including the agriculture sector.

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