The Future of the Future

EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE TODAY, WHAT ARE WE PREPARING FOR?

Source: EC Tour

Source: EC Tour

All my life I heard the phrase “plan for the future, today”, but it was always said in corrective tones like I was doing something wrong living wild and free without a care in the world. All I wanted to do was live in the moment but other people thought it wrong, they said “what if you go bungee jumping and crack your neck in the process? Have you thought of getting health care and can you afford that kind of health care”? If you actually want to live wild and free and stay in the moment you also have to plan for the next moment otherwise you’ll be happy today and frustrated tomorrow.

With that being said, I think the whole world is going bungee jumping soon because everyone seems to be talking about the future, the future of work, the future of tech, the future of business, the future of music, the future of wine, the future of movies, the future of social network, the future of education, the future of weed, and so on, but today I’m talking about something special, The Future Of The Future. The last time I heard this much talk about the future I was just a boy and it was in the year 2000. For some reason, in Nigeria, we thought that year was going to be the end of the world and till this day, I don’t know why. When that didn’t happen a couple of people started to plan for the next 2000 years. Please don’t laugh, it wasn’t funny then but I think it is hilarious now.

What is the purpose of these conversations?

Well it is in no doubt that the world is in the age of disruption and everyone is thinking of future proofing their businesses and as a result, a couple of trends are emerging especially that of The Merger. Big and small organizations all over Africa are consolidating efforts for the sole purpose of ensuring sustainability.

Another trend which is equally important is Agility. This word has been thrown around throughout the year as businesses and brands are trying to position themselves in such a way that they are equipped to transform speedily when the need arises. Someone once told me and he said: “old men talk about the past, but young men talk about the future”. No one wants to be obsolete, they all want to be relevant so they invest in a nimble and forward-thinking team.

These two trends and more are the co-parents of the future. Everyone is coming together to share trends and information so that they can all ensure that no one is left behind in this race to the future. Like my favorite line from Vin Diesel in Riddick, “If you can’t keep up, don’t step up”.

What would these conversations produce?

As these conversations continue to flood the economic landscape I believe we are in for a mega shift in everything that we currently know and do. A few years ago, social networks didn’t exist but now those networks have created tons of global businesses around the world.

Soon we will birth innovations that’ll change the world – this is something Pinky and the Brain would have loved to do.

Agri Tech and the Future of Food

THE AFRICAN POPULATION IS SET TO HIT AN UNSETTLING 2.5 BILLION BY 2050 AND EVERYONE HAS TO EAT.

Source: Venturesafrica.com

Source: Venturesafrica.com

According to World Bank, Agriculture is major business in Africa, it employs 65% of the continent’s labour force, and accounts for 32% of the gross domestic product (GDP). These stats right here automatically calls for attention. In spite of how impressive these stats are, the sector is plagued by a plethora problems such as lack of funding, inadequate government policies, terrible mode of transportation, insufficient expertise, large out flux of young people from the sector to something seemingly more lucrative.

Well I belong to the school of thought that says “in every problem, therein lies the holy grail”. Your business or innovation isn’t regarded as relevant much less disruptive if it doesn’t find a need and meet it head on. This therefore brings me to trend that forced my fingers to write this article – Agri Tech!

Technology has found an innovative way to support agriculture in Africa. At first we learnt about mechanized farming in school; how a farmer should employ the use of tractors and so on to upscale produce, no one saw what I like to call “online farming”.

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Source: cdn.artstation.com

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Source: Jbklutse.com

Agri Tech companies help farmers secure funds, get innovative ideas to produce more and healthier crops, and more importantly connects them to their market – seamless connection between the farmer and the end consumer.

Buoyed by internet and mobile technology penetration in Africa, businesses like Farmcrowdy, FarmerLine, Verdant Agri Tech, First Direct Ng, Agro Data, Esoko, and many others have effectively disrupted the agricultural sector in Africa with innovative solutions.

People have to eat and it might just be a problem if Africa meets the 2.5 billion population forecast in 2050. So our best move is to solve tomorrow’s problem today and as such Software Farming is the way to go.

Say hello to Agri Tech – The future of food.