Farmcrowdy is Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform founded by Onyeka Akumah in 2016. The platform was established to empower rural farmers by providing them with improved seeds, farm inputs, training on modern farming techniques and provides a market for the sale of their farm produce. This gives the farmers the capacity to farm more acres and by extension leads to increased food production and security in Africa.
Since launching in 2016, Farmcrowdy has empowered over 11,000 small scale farmers, cultivated over 16,000 acres, reared 1,700,000 chickens and sponsored about 43,000 farms across Nigeria. The team is committed to expanding their reach in order to continue to empower local farmers, positively impact their lives and their families while boosting food production and sustainability in Nigeria.
The platform prioritizes integrity as one of its core values, Farmcrowdy does not only comply with regulations, good practices and ethical standards, but is also honest, reliable and trustworthy. The startup alongside its members project these standards when dealing with farmers and farm sponsors. On their website, it was stated as thus: “we have interpersonal intelligence and are constantly seeking ways of improving relationships with our personnel, farmers and farm sponsors. This allows us to effectively communicate with clarity. In doing so, we are constantly exchanging constructive feedback, influencing others positively and are team players who promote the ‘we’ in all we do, never the ‘is’.’’
The startup’s vision is to be the foremost digital agricultural platform in Africa admired for its impact on collaborative food production and boosting food security across the continent and the mission is to enable everyone to participate in the achievement of global food security. It basically strives to empower small-holder farmers and contribute mainly to increasing domestic food production and security through the unique opportunity that agritech has provided.