IoT 22(3): e1

Research Article

An Overview of IoT Solutions in Climate Smart Agriculture for Food Security in Sub Saharan Africa: Challenges and Prospects

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eetiot.v8i3.2696,
        author={Peter Dibal and Elizabeth Onwuka and Zubair Suleiman and Bala Salihu and Emmanuel Nwankwo and Supreme Okoh},
        title={An Overview of IoT Solutions in Climate Smart Agriculture for Food Security in Sub Saharan Africa: Challenges and Prospects},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Internet of Things},
        volume={8},
        number={3},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={IOT},
        year={2022},
        month={9},
        keywords={Climate Smart Agriculture, Sub Saharan Africa, Internet of Things, Food Security},
        doi={10.4108/eetiot.v8i3.2696}
    }
    
  • Peter Dibal
    Elizabeth Onwuka
    Zubair Suleiman
    Bala Salihu
    Emmanuel Nwankwo
    Supreme Okoh
    Year: 2022
    An Overview of IoT Solutions in Climate Smart Agriculture for Food Security in Sub Saharan Africa: Challenges and Prospects
    IOT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eetiot.v8i3.2696
Peter Dibal1,*, Elizabeth Onwuka2, Zubair Suleiman2, Bala Salihu2, Emmanuel Nwankwo2, Supreme Okoh2
  • 1: University of Maiduguri
  • 2: Federal University of Technology Minna
*Contact email: Yoksa77@gmail.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Climate smart agriculture (CSA) which involves the integration of IoT and cloud computing is an emerging agricultural paradigm that is foreseen to be the main driver of agriculture as the 21st century progresses. Sub-Saharan Africa lags in this regard and therefore deserves a special focus. OBJECTIVES: This paper presents an overview of Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions in CSA in the context of food security in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) METHODS: An overview of the status of food insecurity in SSA and associated factors is presented. The paper then focused on IoT as a technology and how it can be used for CSA in SSA through use cases; possible challenges were also examined. RESULTS: The paper showed that with CSA, SSA can become a net exporter of food. CONCLUSION: The paper concludes with open issues like the funding of research and development which must be addressed if SSA is to leverage IoT technology to attain food security.