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Daniel Asare-Kyei

Daniel is a technologist, agricultural economist, and an entrepreneur. He has spent the last 18 years working at the nexus of development, entrepreneurship, and science. He started as a project officer in an integrated food security program. He then led a team of experts on USAID funded Trade and Investment program on commodity value chains. In research, he conducted a pioneering research on post-harvest management of perishables using advanced remote sensing techniques. These models have become the backbone of a new mobile app, called CHEETAH. Daniel’s passion is to bridge the technological gap in Africa’s rural areas and to this end, he has spoken widely at international conferences promoting the digitization of rural African economies.

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Africa, Ghana, Ghana


Based in Accra, Ghana, Esoko is at the forefront of several development initiatives on the African continent, empowering rural communities through digital transformation and financial inclusion. Initially focused on providing content services to farmers that leveraged the advent of mobile phones to improve farmer productivity, the platform has evolved to provide a Community Management Platform for organizations to implement and track community-based projects more easily. Esoko has assisted international organizations and key government agencies to improve data collection and biometric profiling using powerful digital tools such as GIS mapping, value chain digitization tools, project tracking and reporting, combined with field deployment. Thanks to these interventions, close to 5 million rural Africans now have a digital footprint and are enrolled in various social protection programs. Via its cloud platforms, Esoko also provides excluded communities and project beneficiaries with information services and access to digital financial products. To date, it has empowered over one million two hundred thousand farmers across the African continent with market price information, agronomic advice, and climate-smart information services using mobile channels of SMS, Voice, IVR and Call centres. 


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