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Digital Ag Series - How SOWIT is Accelerating the Sustainable Intensification of Moroccan, Ethiopian, Senegalese, and Tunisian Farming?

"Collecting crop data with satellite and drone imagery to analyze historical climate data and produce predictions and recommendations for improved agricultural management"

SOWIT ( is an African startup offering digital solutions that enable farmers to preserve irrigation water and procure fertilizers for a range of major crops on the continent such as cereals, maize, sugar cane, and citrus. The company collects crop data with satellite and drone imagery to analyze historical climate data, producing predictions and recommendations for improved agricultural management. The analysis of the data is carried out via proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques based on agronomic models developed in partnership with agricultural research centers in Europe and Morocco. The insights and recommendations then extracted are delivered to farmers with precise practical indications to apply on the field.

SOWIT has been providing actionable decision support tools based on satellite remote sensing. Its capability to crowd-source ground truth data enabled it to accelerate the deployment of its decision support tools within more than 45,000 hectares subscribed in 2020. Discover how SOWIT is scaling beyond medium and large-scale farmers with highly adaptable technologies and dedicated research partnerships.

About the Presenters

Marianne Grosclaude

Practice Manager, MENA, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, The World Bank      

Marianne Grosclaude has been the World Bank Practice Manager for Agriculture and Food for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region since July 1st, 2020. Ms. Grosclaude has worked for the World Bank for the past 20 years, most recently as Practice Manager for Agriculture and Food in the West and Central Africa region, and earlier as a Lead Agriculture Economist for the MENA and ECA (Europe and Central Asia) regions, and Senior Economist in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) and East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) regions. Her work has focused on agricultural and food policies, agricultural trade policies, and regional integration, inclusive agricultural value-chain development, and the nexus between agriculture, environment, and climate change.  Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Grosclaude worked for the French Government on food policies and agricultural trade, and for the European Commission in China on rural development and environment issues. Ms. Grosclaude is an agricultural economist by background and graduate of the French Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (ENGREF) and Institut National Agronomique de Paris-Grignon (INA-PG). She also holds a Masters’ degree in Development Economics from University Pantheon-Sorbonne

Hamza Rkha Chaham

Co-founder, SOWIT

Hamza is the co-founder of SOWIT, a start-up providing decision support systems to African farmers. He is a 2018 Marshall German Fund and Policy Center for the New South Emerging Leader. SOWIT is incorporated in France, Morocco, and Senegal and leverages the power of remote-sensing, AI, and agronomy to provide key insights to farmers - enabling them to optimize crucial operations such as fertilization or harvest. Hamza also acts as a UAS business expert advising the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA ACP-EU) in the framework of its project known as “Transforming African Agriculture: Eyes in The Sky, Smart Techs on The Ground”. Hamza is co-author of the landmark report published by the African Union entitled “Drones on the Horizon: Transforming Africa’s Agriculture”. The report forms the basis upon which the AU Executive Council issued the Decision EX. CL/Dec. 986-1007 (XXXII), recommending all Member States harness the opportunities offered by drones for precision agriculture.

Carlo Bravi

Senior Economist, Focal person for Digital Agriculture in the FAO Investment Centre

Carlo Bravi is a Senior Economist and a focal person for digital agriculture in the FAO Investment Centre. He supports the Investment Centre’s efforts on the digital agriculture transition. His current areas of interest include making digital agriculture work for the poor, using blended finance for leveraging sustainable private investment in agri-food systems and promoting the sustainable transformation of agrifood systems. He holds an MA in Natural Resources Economics at Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree at Libera Universita Internazionale Studi Sociali (LUISS) in Rome.

Armine Juergenliemk

Agriculture Specialist, MENA, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, The World Bank

Armine Juergenliemk is an Agriculture Specialist at the World Bank. Her work predominantly focuses on rural development, climate-smart, and digital agriculture. Prior to joining the World Bank, Armine worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome and New York as an adviser for climate change and natural resources management. Armine also worked for UNDP, GIZ, Soil Science Institute in Hamburg, and the Armenian Development Agency. Armine is an author of a number of peer-reviewed articles, guidebooks, policy briefs, and online learning courses. Armine holds a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Hamburg, MSc in Forestry from the University of Göttingen, Germany, MSc in Conservation and Land Management from the University of Wales, the United Kingdom, and Bachelor Degrees in Biology from the Yerevan State University, Armenia.

Giacomo Rambaldi

Senior Consultant, Agriculture Digitization and Enterprise Development

Giacomo Rambaldi is a Senior Consultant in the domains of digitalization for agriculture and enterprise development. He has 39 years of professional experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean where he worked for various international organizations including the Technical Centre for Agricultural & Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), FAO and as a long-term consultant on projects funded by the Italian Aid to Development and the European Commission. He holds an honors degree in agricultural sciences from the State University of Milan, Italy. He worked for 17 years at CTA as a member of the Digitalisation for Agriculture (D4Ag) team where he coordinated and administered a stream of activities related to the deployment of digitalization for agriculture in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific (ACP) countries.

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