Among the hundreds of enthusiastic youth-led projects on show at EDD the other week, one entitled ‘Making Farming Attractive To Young People Again’ stood out for me. It chimes perfectly with thoughts of the Smart Villages’ team, many of whom have worked on a sister initiative Biosciences For Farming In Africa’ which has been looking to raise awareness among small holder farmers of the growing opportunities offered by technology leapfrogging. From weather forecasts and market prices by mobile phone, to solar powered irrigation, grinding and drying and even on to drone crop and flock surveillance, the potential dividends for even the smallest of small holders of access to sustainable energy are immense and could renew interest among the young in farming. This week also some great new technology ideas and interesting to see both Mobisol and D.Light consolidating and extending their offerings. Are we seeing the beginnings of the first African-born global players?