Farmer-to-farmer digital network Wefarm has reached over 1.1 million users across Kenya and Uganda and for the first time farmers have asked and answered more than one million questions through the platform within a month.
Wefarm enables a farmer to share vital agricultural information, they couldn’t get anywhere else for free, in their own language, and without any internet every 1.6 seconds and receive bespoke content and ideas.
If farmers don’t have internet access, they can access Wefarm via SMS on their mobile phones. Wefarm’s machine learning algorithms then match each question to the best suited responder. The average time it takes for a farmer to receive an answer to their question is under six minutes even for farmers without internet.
Knowledge shared on Wefarm can help farmers produce a higher quality product, increase yields, gain insight into pricing, tackle the effects of climate change, diversify agricultural interests, and source the best seeds, fertilizers, and loans.
“Hitting one million farmers is the first step in our global expansion and we’re expecting growth to accelerate quickly from here on out,” said Wefarm CEO, Kenny Ewan.
Jon Callaghan, the co-founder of True Ventures, described the platform as an extraordinarily ambitious and impactful business using the power of technology to connect small-scale farmers throughout Africa.
With one in five farms in Kenya and Uganda using the network, the company plans to expand into the rest of Africa in 2019, beginning with Tanzania.