Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform, Farmcrowdy has emerged winner of the Digital Business of the Year award in Africa at the Global African Business Award ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The world’s annual business award was launched in 2017 and aims to celebrate, honour and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals in the continent of Africa.
Some of the Digital Business of the Year award include e-commerce platforms – Konga, Jumia, Zando, Dressmeoutlet, Mall for Africa and Dealdey; WeFarm, Interswitch payment gateway; and Delvv.io, South Africa’s branding and refinement partners.
According to Onyeka Akumah, Founder, and CEO of Farmcrowdy, “We are honoured to have our hard work aimed at impacting on the lives of rural farmers recognised. We are delighted about the great opportunities ahead of us as we continually strive to remain at the forefront of technological innovation in Agriculture across Nigeria and eventually the continent of Africa.”
Farmcrowdy has in the last 20 months empowered over 7,000 direct and indirect rural farmers and give thousands of farm sponsors a platform to participate in Agriculture from their computers or mobile phones in order to make a profit at harvest. This impact has seen the platform plant Maize, Rice, and Cassava on over 8,000 Acres of farmland in less than 2 years and raised close to 600,000 chickens to boost food production in the country.
The Agritech platform has also raised $1.4 million dollars in seed funding from local and international investors including Cox Enterprises, Social Capital, TechStars Ventures and most recently, won a grant from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund.