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HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE

FARMERLINE PROVIDES VITAL INFORMATION TO SMALL-SCALE FARMERS THROUGH MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

IT TOOK 15 years working on his aunt’s farm, followed by several years studying agronomics at college, for Alloysius Attah to realize he did not, after all, want to be a farmer. Instead, when he was 20, Attah started learning how to code, hoping to swap agriculture for algorithms and develop a career in tech.

+ GROWTH POTENTIAL: Lexis Koufie Amartey, a communications strategist, shows workers at a vegetable farm near Accra how to use the Farm-line app that provides key information to rural farmers,
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THE ROBOT ECONOMY Next time you stop for gas at a self-serve pump, say hello to the robot in front of you. Its life story can tell you a lot about the robot economy roaring toward us like an EF5 tornado on the prairie. Yeah, your automated gas pump killed a lot of jobs over the years, but its biography might give you hope that the coming wave of automation driven by artificial intelligence (AI) will turn out better for almost all of us than a lot of people seem to think.