How technology is helping African farms to flourish

    Acquahmeyer in Ghana rents out drones to help farmers locate problems in their fields and reduce pesticide use.

     A farmer’s fortunes bloom and wither with the seasons. It can be precarious work, and a bad year can leave fields barren and grain sheds empty — slim pickings on which to survive until the next harvest.

    More than half of working Africans have jobs in agriculture, but poor infrastructure, inadequate tools and a lack of investment have left the continent’s mostly small-scale farms struggling to feed a growing population. Now, a wave of technological solutions is aiming to help.