As monkeypesa we love to talk about startups that we believe are changing Africa. For today we bring you the top Agritech startups in Africa. Agri-Tech startups are new companies (less than 5 years) building technology infrastructure enabling the betterment of Agriculture. We have quite a number of Agritech players that we believe are changing the industry as a whole and these are:
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- Jaguza: Country: Uganda, In 2019, the company was able to raise USD$27,566.08 (UGX102,000,000) in grant prize to help them expand their service delivery. The funds were raised from NIISP is a government funded program that aims at creating a sustainable ecosystem for ICT innovations and support ICT innovators and developers at large in Uganda. The company provides several services including drone services and Android and Ios Apps which is attached to a device on cows ear to help provide data on the health of the cow. All records are stored online
- We farm: The company is a large-scale peer-to-peer network for offline communities, they believe farmers have knowledge that should be shared and celebrated. Through enabling smallholders a chance to connect with others and share insights, resources and support, we believe Wefarm’s network has the power to create a new global ecosystem for agriculture. This knowledge-based SMS cloud is currently in use by 1.6 Million small scale farmers across African countries, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania. The knowledge sharing cloud works via SMS by matching questions and answers by various farmers like how to control erosion in a coffee farm. Currently, there have been 3.8 million questions asked and then 8.6 million questions answered.
- Farm Crowdy: Country, Nigeria. Farmcrowdy is Nigeria’s First Digital Agriculture Platform that empowers rural farmers by providing them with improved seeds, farm inputs, training on modern farming techniques and provides a market for the sale of their farm produce. This gives the farmers the capacity to farm more acres and by extension leads to increased food production and security in Africa. Since launching in 2016, Farmcrowdy has empowered over 25,000 small-scale farmers across Nigeria. We are committed to expanding our reach in order to continue to empower local farmers, positively impact their lives and their families while boosting food production and sustainability in Nigeria.
- Iprocure: Country Kenya. Kenya’s iProcure, founded by Stefano Carcoforo, runs the largest supply chain platform in Africa. It connects small-scale farmers to manufacturers of agricultural inputs such as animal feed, fertilisers and permitted plant protection products for use in organic farming. Farmers buy these supplies using mobile vouchers, and also get discounts between 10% and 20% for doing so through iProcure
- AgroCenta. Country, Ghana. It was founded by two ex-esoko employees, Francis Obirikorang and Michael K. Ocansey in 2015 to improve the agricultural value chain in Ghana by solving two critical problems rural-based smallholder farmers faced namely, access to market and access to finance, be it formal or informal. The lack of an access to a structured market results in smallholder farmers being forced to sell to middlemen who buy at ridiculously exploitative prices. The lack of access to finance also means farmers are never able to move from being smallholders to middle level or even commercial farmers.
The above are the top Agritech startups to watch out for from all over Africa.
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