WeFarm, a peer-to-peer agricultural techonology network that enables small-scale farmers to access and share vital agricultural information even without internet, has won one of the most prestigious start-up competitions in the world after competing against seven other startups at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The company has grown from the shared co-working spaces of Ngong Road’s Nairobi Garage to win the 4YFN awards, the largest competition for mobile technology startups in the world. WeFarm has won the “Disrupted by Mobile” category in recognition of our growing impact, model and commitment to farmers around the world.
“Winning the Disrupted by Mobile pitching completion at 4YFN is one of my proudest moments,” said Kenny Ewan, co-founder and CEO of WeFarm.
The Nairobi Garage based startup has upto 147,000 users in an industry where less than 0.1% of mobile apps ever reach even half that number, and has secured GBP 1.3 million in seed funding in a round led by LocalGlobe.
As a result of WeFarm’s crowdsourcing approach, the firm is also generating unique user data on the world’s supply chain and commodities, as well as on populations in the developing world who are yet to have internet access. WeFarm generates revenue by supplying actionable insights to businesses, NGOs and governments.
Since its founding in 2015, WeFarm has won Google’s Impact Challenge Award (2014), the MEFFYS Award for Innovation in Technology (2015), the Messaging and SMS World Awards’ Best SMS Solution (2015), Business Rocks’ Global Startup Pitch Battle (2016), Chivas Regal’s The Venture Competition’s UK prize, and 2nd place in their Global final (2016), and the European Union Commission’s Ideas from Europe Prize (2016).
The impact of this important data could be extremely significant in the fight to eradicate poverty and hunger in the developing world. Using this data, governments can track major issues such as disease and drought, and businesses can save millions of pounds by preventing crop diseases from ravaging their supply chains.
The is headquartered in London with field offices in Nairobi, Kampala and Lima.