Wefarm, a farmer-to-farmer digital network, is helping to bring small-scale farmers together in Kenya and Uganda through the power of knowledge.
Over 1 billion smallholder farmers produce 80% of the world’s food, and four of the five most traded commodities on earth, yet the vast majority lack access to the internet and even basic information to help them solve agricultural problems or share ideas.
Wefarm enables small-scale farmers – many of whom live in remote areas without access to the internet – to connect with one another to solve problems, share ideas, and spread innovation. Wefarm solves a very simple problem for these farmers – where to get help.
Through Wefarm, farmers can ask questions in their own language on anything related to agriculture, from battling a crop disease or an infestation of army worm, to best practices for growing cash crops such as maize, tomatoes, coffee and tea.
Wefarm uses machine learning and the power of the crowd to source the very best content and knowledge from a network of over 1 million farmers, even via SMS. Farmers share more than 40,000 questions and answers every day.
Kenny Ewan, Founder and CEO of Wefarm, said: “We believe farmers are often the best and most relevant source of information and experience for other farmers.
“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.”
Wefarm has plans to expand into other areas of Eastern and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Asia.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com