DSTN > Events > DSTN Thematic Workshop on e-Agriculture

Overview of the DSTN Thematic Workshops
The DSTN Thematic Workshop is a series of half-day meeting gathering the members of our network and invited external partners to discuss around a scientific topic (Big Data and, Trusted Artificial Intelligence, IoT and SDN in poorly connected areas, Cybersecurity, High-Performance Computing, and Data Science) or an application domain (e-Health, e-Agriculture, e-Education, e-Environment, Smart City). It allows (1) identifying strengths and complementarity of the partners on each topic, (2) promoting networking and collaboration to apply for the DSTN call for Research-Team and other calls for funding, and (3) identifying lecture and training needs and opportunities for the ACEs.

About the e-Agriculture Thematic Workshop
This workshop is focused on highlighting our network scientific results, innovation and ongoing projects on e-Agriculture. It also aims to explore the state of the art of Digital Agriculture in Africa and possibly open problems to which digital sciences and technologies could provide solutions. Our special guests are NET-WATER, AGRISAN and CIRAD.

About our partners
NET-WATER is an ACE-Partner thematic network on sustainable water management gathering ACEs from Burkina Faso (network leader), Ghana, Ivory Coast and Benin. The general objective NET-WATER is to strengthen academic and scientific partnerships between ACEs on the theme of sustainable management of water and associated resources.
The African Center of Excellence in Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security AGRISAN is a public scientific cooperation consortium comprising four Senegalese universities (UCAD, UGB, UT, USSEIN) and the Consortium for Economic and Social Research (CRES). AGRISAN aims to help make agriculture play a major role in economic growth, food security and poverty reduction in Senegal and in the West African sub-region through innovative training and research in all segments of agricultural value chains.
CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, is an organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. Its activities concern the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, food, the environment and territorial management. Its work centres on several main topics: food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and poverty alleviation.

DSTN > Events > DSTN Thematic Workshop on e-Agriculture


Session chair : Dr. Gaoussou Camara, DSTN Coordinator,

09.00 – 09.05
DSTN Leader

09.05 – 09.20
Presentation of the Digital Science and Technologie Network (DSTN) 
Prof. Maissa Mbaye,
DSTN Leader

09.20 – 09.35
Presentation of the network on sustainable water management (NET-WATER)
Mr Faissal OUEDRAOGO,   
NET-WATER Coordinator

09.35 – 09.50
Presentation of African Center of Excellence in Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security (AGRISAN)
Prof. El hadji Samba Ndao SYLLA, 
AGRISAN ACE Coordinator

09.50 – 10.05
Presentation of French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)
Dr Sylvie Lewicki, 
CIRAD Regional Director and representative of Inrae and Agreenium

10.05 – 10.40
Title: Digital agriculture and Data science

Speaker: Prof. Mathieu Roche, CIRAD, 

Abstract: Digital agriculture is a multidisciplinary domain that shares and manages knowledge in agricultural and digital sciences but also in social, management and economic sciences. This multidisciplinary domain highlights new challenges for designing original tools and services for end-users in the agriculture area. An overview of digital agriculture will be presented. Then two data science issues in agriculture will be presented: (i) Development of food security systems by linking heterogeneous data in West Africa, (2) Implementation of an animal disease surveillance platform in a ‘One Health’ context.

Bio: Mathieu Roche is a Senior Research Scientist (PhD, HDR) at CIRAD – TETIS research unit (France). Currently he is co-leader of the MISCA group (i.e. Spatial Information Modeling, Knowledge Extraction and Analysis) at TETIS. Between 2005 and 2013, he was an Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences) at the University Montpellier 2, France. Mathieu Roche obtained a PhD in Computer Science from University Paris 11 (Orsay) in 2004. He defended his HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches – Accreditation to supervise research) in 2011. He was co-leader (2010-2012) and leader (2012-2013) of the TEXT group – LIRMM, and he was in charge of the Master “Intégration de Compétences” – University Montpellier 2 (2008-2011). Mathieu Roche led several academic and industrial projects in text-mining. Currently he is involved in 2 European projects (H2020): LEAP4FNSSA and MOOD (Executive Board member). He has supervised 17 PhD students since 2006 dealing with text-mining issues.

10.40 – 11.00
Title: Artificial intelligence and Agriculture: How can we make agriculture Smart?

Speaker: M. Mouhamadou KEBE, TOLBI CO, 

Abstract: Agriculture today presents many challenges: climate change, rainwater scarcity, soil erosion… On top of that we have to produce 70% more food by 2050 according to the FAO. In order to address these challenges, artificial intelligence is helping actors in the agricultural value chain to have real time information for fast and efficient decision making to optimise agricultural yields, automate certain mechanical tasks, predict agricultural yields, detect plant diseases, etc. AI has become an essential tool to make our agriculture intelligent for a sustainable and efficient agriculture.

Bio: Mouhamadou Lamine KEBE is the co-founder and CEO of Tolbi, a startup that operates in the field of Agritech and precision agriculture. He holds a degree in entrepreneurship and innovation from Draper University in California’s Silicon Valley and a degree in network and telecommunications engineering from the Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique de Dakar. He is certified in agricultural data management, sharing and services for agricultural development by FAO and CTA. He has directed the entrepreneurship and innovation pole of the Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique de Dakar with the support programme for the creation and accompaniment of startups in the valorisation service.

11.00 – 11.20

Title: Water resource forecasting and planning process through a data-driven and machine learning tools

Speaker: Dr. Euloge François KOUAME, UREN),

Abstract: With the development of information technology, large amounts of data can be collected in many areas of human activity.  Machine learning techniques coupled with numerical simulation can be used to discover the information hidden in these databases to support a decision-making process. We use two examples from literature and simulation to show the capabilities of these techniques in the area of irrigation management and soil water balance modelling. These results can help in forecasting and planning irrigation demand, water resources usage, enhance crop productivity and reduce conflict between farmers and villages.

Bio: Dr Euloge KOUAME is senior lecturer-researcher at Université Virtuelle de Côte d’Ivoire, where he is also in charge of Research, Projects and Open Science service. His research areas are: complex systems modeling, 3D numerical simulations, statistical learning, data analysis and artificial intelligence. He is also an associate researcher at UMR- Mathematics and New technologies of Information at Institut National Polytechnique-HB (INP-HB) doctoral school. Dr Euloge KOUAME has an engineering degree in geosciences and a PhD in applied mathematics.

11.20 – 11.40

Title: Accelerating inclusive green growth through agri-based digital innovation in Western Africa (AGriDI) Project.

Speaker: Prof. Jules Degila, SMIA ACE, 

Abstract: The AGriDI project aims to (1) Make farming attractive (through digital techs) and create employment opportunities for women and youth and (2) Increase capacity for identification, adaptation, and uptake of agri-based digital techs by farmers, SMEs (women and youth). Purpose of this talk is to sensitize the network on the call for proposals.

Bio: Jules Dégila (Ph.D.) is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. His research interest includes networks and systems optimization, the Internet of things, blockchain and inclusive ICT. He has led the Operations Research and Computer Science department at the Institute of Mathematics and Physics (IMSP). He has held different management, executive, and board member positions for Western and African telecommunications companies during the last ten years. A guest speaker at various universities in operations research and Computer Science, he has also advised many companies and governments as a strategist in real-time communications and internet protocol (IP) networking.  Jules Dégila received a Ph.D. degree in electrical. engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada in 2004.

11.40 – 11.55
Discussions and Networking

11.55 – 12.00
DSTN Leader

17 mars 2021, 9h00-12h00 UTC (3h)


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