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OCP Africa and Mohammed VI Polytechnic College (UM6P) lay thefoundation stone for the Digital Farming Faculty in Yamoussoukro, a uniqueand modern undertaking in Africa.

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This pioneering faculty, with its modern educating method, would be the first undertaking of its variety on the continent, providing new alternatives to younger Ivorians with a ardour for AgriTech.

Working intently with the Institut Nationwide Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INPHB), the Digital Farming Faculty would be the first department of the Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique (UM6P) in sub-Saharan Africa, situated within the Yamoussoukro Technopole.

The undertaking will come into being within the ‘Yr of Youth’, as decreed by His Excellency the President of the Republic, Mr Alassane Dramane Ouattara, demonstrating the Ivorian authorities’s dedication to supporting academic and technological initiatives for younger individuals. Over the subsequent 10 to 12 months, the primary cohort of round 100 gifted younger individuals will be a part of the varsity, benefiting from glorious coaching in Agritech and utilizing the experimental farm adjoining to the varsity as their laboratory. The institution of this faculty is a part of the partnership between OCP Group and the Authorities of Côte d’Ivoire signed by the Ministers of Agriculture and Trade, beneath the management of Prime Minister Patrick Achi.

The college’s innovation ecosystem can be strengthened by the participation of round 100 agritech start-up companions within the Farming Innovation Program, launched by OCP Africa in partnership with AgriEdge and UM6P. These companions will work intently with the varsity to offer experience, create mentoring alternatives and encourage the creation of modern companies within the agricultural sector.

The Digital Farming Faculty’s imaginative and prescient is to determine an modern AgriTech coaching idea, providing younger Ivorians a singular alternative to develop high-value expertise within the subject of digital agriculture. Primarily based on a sensible method, the varsity can be backed by a reference digital farm, enabling college students to study by doing (Studying by Farming) and by sharing their data between friends (Peer Studying).

Dr. Mohamed Anouar Jamali, Chief Government Officer of OCP Africa stated: “We’re delighted to put the inspiration stone of the Digital Farming Faculty right here in Yamoussoukro, which can contribute to to open up new alternatives for younger individuals in Côte d’Ivoire within the subject of AgriTech, strengthening innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital transformation of agriculture in Côte d’Ivoire and Africa”.

Hicham El Habti, President of Mohammed VI Polytechnic College, stated: “The Digital Farming Faculty in Yamoussoukro illustrates UM6P’s ambitions for Africa, specializing in innovation, entrepreneurship and agriculture. This modern undertaking, which mixes studying with This sensible coaching will allow us to help Côte d’Ivoire’s younger individuals within the improvement of the continent, significantly in AgriTech. “It’s an actual pleasure to offer this kick-off, which supplies concrete expression to this fruitful Pan-African partnership, placing agriculture on the coronary heart of coaching.”


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