Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform, Farmcrowdy.com, was officially launched on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerians can now participate in agriculture using online technology.
“Farmcrowdy is a revolutionary platform, one that has the ability to turn Nigeria’s economic fortune for good leveraging of technology to impact on the Agriculture space,” said Onyeka Akumah, Co-Founder, and CEO, Farmcrowdy.
At the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which took place in September 2016 in Kenya, African leaders came together to advance the policies and secure the investments that will ensure a better life for millions of Africa’s farmers and families—and realise the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has, on several occasions, iterated that he was going to keep to his campaign promise of expanding the country’s agricultural sector while stating that petroleum will no longer be sufficient for major revenue generation.
As with most businesses, capital or lack of investment is an issue for the average Nigerian farmer. Those interested in expanding their farms and consequently product output, have very little, or no funds at all.
Through this platform, Nigerians across the world can commit an agreed sum to own a minimum farm space, start and complete a farming cycle. In doing so, the farm partner is able to sponsor a farmer in one farming cycle thereby empowering the farmer, expanding his farm operations, participating in the drive to end food scarcity and making use of 50 million hectares of arable farmland in Nigeria that is currently underutilised, according to the World Bank.
How does the platform work?
Farms Partners on the platform can sponsor any farm of their choice including Maize Farms, Poultry (Broiler) Farms, Cassava Farms and Tomato Farms. The Farm Partners then get bi-weekly updates about their farm progress including pictures and videos from the farmers. Also, Farm Partners can visit their farms if they wish to at any point in time to learn about the farmer they’ve partnered with and the farm products they are working on.
“Our goal is to secure 10,000 hectares around the eastern parts of Nigeria and the Lakaji Corridor in other to make use of Dams and Irrigation facilities in this region,” said Onyeka.
Currently, the platform has secured 52 partners locally and internationally who have sponsored over 200 farm units. Also, over 500 farm followers have signed up to learn about farm progress as the updates come in.
According to Onyeka Akumah, Farmcrowdy is here to bring the best out of the resources available in Nigeria so that Nigeria can increase the production of agricultural raw materials to meet the growth of an expanding industrial sector, reduce poverty and unemployment, offer returns on investment for Farm Owners and Farm Partners while proffering a win-win solution for everyone.
Watch the explainer video on Farmcrowdy below