Many smallholder farmers struggle to access timely agricultural information. Farmerline sends SMS and voice messages on weather forecasts, market prices, new farming techniques, agrochemical applications and finance directly to the mobile phones of farmers and fishermen; all in local languages. Through Farmerline’s technology, we aim to empower small-scale farmers in Africa with access to vital information that will improve both their harvest and income.
Farmerline is a Ghanaian social enterprise specializing in the development of web platforms and mobile applications in order to disseminate and collect agricultural data to/from smallholder farmers. Since its launch in 2013, the innovative initiative that uses mobile technology for sustainable development has successfully reached over 200,000 small-scale farmers across four (4) countries. Farmerline’s technology does not only bridge the barrier of illiteracy, but it also reduces the cost of communication and data collection for small-scale farmers as well as the organizations working with them.
Alloysius is the CEO and Co-Founder of Farmerline. At five years old, Alloysius’ parents divorced and he moved to live with his aunt, who was a small-scale farmer in rural Ghana. While staying there, he experienced the challenges small-scale farmers go through to produce food and support their families.
Upon making it to college, Alloysius became determined to give back to the people who supported him. This led to the creation of two start-up organizations: Alloyworld, a photography and video production company, and iCottage Networks, a Web and Mobile startup. In 2013, Alloysius launched Farmerline Ltd in partnership with Emmanuel Owusu Addai in order to support small-scale farmers.
He is committed to empowering small-scale farmers like his aunt who are facing similar challenges across Africa. Alloysius has spoken about his work at the 2013 Social Capital Markets Conference and Mobile World Congress 2014. He is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow.
Emmanuel is the CTO and Co-Founder of Farmerline. He is responsible for the overall technology and product strategy of the organization. Though quiet, Emmanuel is enthusiastic and passionate about writing complex algorithms and pushing beyond the norm to build applications that support Farmerline’s vision.
He has previously served as a Field Surveyor, GIS developer and Consultant on multiple major national projects, including the Presidential Special Initiative (PSI) on Oil-Palm Plantation and Setting-out of the Affordable Housing Project in Ghana. Emmanuel has also founded and worked within several technology start-ups in Ghana including iCottage Networks, a company he founded in the final year of his postgraduate studies.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geodetic Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a Master’s in Geomatic Engineering (Geodesy option). He is a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow and has over 5 year experience in mobile and web technologies.
Amos is Farmerline’s Director of Impact. Amos collaborates with Nucleus Farmers to train smallholder farmers in the use of technology to improve the yields and livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Amos has a strong background in sales and marketing, data analysis and risk management. He has also worked in the development of iCottage Networks’ business model and business potential.
Amos has held a number of managerial positions and been involved in many volunteer initiatives. He holds a degree in Economics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Worlali is Farmerline’s Director of Business Development and currently based in Accra, Ghana. He manages Farmerline’s client and partner relationships by organizing meetings and doing presentations to sell Farmerline’s services. Worlali proactively identifies fundraising opportunities and manages all grant application efforts on behalf of Farmerline. Before joining the Farmerline team, Worlali interned for the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA). He is an expert in the field of Agriculture, ICT4D and currently holds an MSc in ICTs for Development from the University of Manchester.
Schandorf is the Value Chain Director at Farmerline. His primary responsibility lies in coordinating project activities and serving as a liaison between the farmers and Farmerline’s technical team. He also develops agriculture content that is delivered to farmers through Farmerline’s innovative voice services.
Born and nurtured by humble farming parents, Schandorf understands the challenges small-scale farmers in Ghana face daily and is passionate about using his knowledge and experience to support them to succeed.
Before joining Farmerline, he worked at Bank of Africa in Ghana. He also obtained a degree in Natural Resource Management from KNUST and served as the Faculty President.
Joel joined the Farmerline team in 2013 as a Software Engineer. He is responsible for integrating the latest technologies into the development and maintenance of all Farmerline’s applications.
Joel is a strong team player and enjoys collaborating with others in order to produce optimized results. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
Joel has excellent programming skills and a vast knowledge in mobile application development on multiple platforms using web technologies. He has participated in several global programming competitions, including the International Olympiad in Informatics in 2008 and 2009. Joel is also an associate elder in his church
Stephen also joined the Farmerline’s team of software engineers in October, 2014. He holds a BSc in Information Technology from the University of Cape Coast (UCC), making him proficient in a wide-range of computer systems, languages, tools and testing methodologies. Prior to joining Farmerline, Stephen was the Vice Coordinator at Movement for Social Justice (MSJ), which supplied children from the Central Region of Ghana with school supplies and educational materials. Stephen also was the acting President for the Computer Science and Information Technology Students Association (CITSA) at the University of Cape Coast. Other projects include developing online course management systems, journal management systems, and website maintenance for UCC. In his spare time, Stephen instructs dance and choreography classes.
Patrick is Farmerline’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Associate. He joined Farmerline in June 2015. He is responsible for M&E system set-up, coordinating data collection, analysis and reporting. He is also responsible for assisting in trainings and sensitization workshops. He has a strong background in agriculture and he has experience in statistical test selection, data management and analysis. Before joining Farmerline, he worked as a research assistant on key agricultural field research projects with the Food Research Institute and TechnoServe Ghana. Patrick holds a BSc. in Agriculture Science (Economics) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and MSc. in Nutrition and Rural Development with a specialization in Rural Economics and Management from Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
Makafui is an operations associate at farmerline. He is responsible for the handling of much of the daily operational activities of farmerline. His duties includes office administration, human resources, and internal controls, budgeting and reporting, financial advisory among others. He works closely with the Director of Impact regarding the team’s financials, day-to-day operations and overall strategic planning.He assumed office in June, 2015 and reports to the co-founders and top level management of farmerline limited.
Makafui has over 6 years of work experience building and leading teams in organizations prior to joining Farmerline. He worked with organizations such as Twillium Industries Ghana, Ghana Health Service, Volta River Authority–NED, Ghana Nuts Limited, Donewel Insurance, amongst others.
Makafui has a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accounting from Ho Polytechnic, a part II in Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) Examination and soon to receive a Degree in Accounting from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) –School of Business.
Joseph Kanyiti Kiipo joined the Farmerline team in May 2015 as a Software Development Associate.
He is the UI/UX designer for Famerline. He obtained Bsc. Computer Science from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
He was the IT head for IMC Pax Romana KNUST local during his undergraduate studies. He also took part in the 2015 MTN App Challenge.
With his knowledge in design and front-end development he helps develop applications with good user interface and user experience.
Owusu-Ansah Oscar is a Software Developer Associate at Farmerline. He joined the team in May, 2015 following his graduation from KNUST attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.
During his studies at KNUST, he was the Chairman of the Research and Development team that won for the College of Science, the Best Department Award during the annual Trade and Technology Fair (TRATECH) 2014.
He also took part in the MTN App Challenge 2014 making the top 20 apps chosen for the final and other projects during his time as a student.
Currently he brings his enormous talent to bare in the various projects at Farmerline and as an associate he avails himself for tutoring and mentoring by his senior colleagues at the company.
Pascal Okyere Adomako is a Software Development Associate at Farmerline. After graduating from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, he joined the Farmerline team in May 2015.
During his studies at KNUST, he was part of the development team that won for the College of Science, the Best Department Award during the annual Trade and Technology Fair (TRATECH) 2014.
Pascal loves playing video games, basketball and watching movies for relaxation
With his experience in mobile technologies, he contributes in the development of mobile applications to render services provided by Farmerline.
Albert Bensusan joined Farmerline as a Business Development Associate in October 2015. He holds a BSc. in Business Administration from Ashesi University College. He’s responsible for identifying potential partnerships and selling Farmerline’s Services.
He comes from a finance background having worked in investment banking at Gold Coast Brokerage and corporate finance at Wildon and Kwelny Advisors Limited. He is passionate about technology and makes a conscious effort to be informed about what is going on within the industry.
Albert is currently pursuing the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) certification. He likes to indulge his interests in music and literature when he has the time.
Freda has a Bachelor’s Degree in French from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science
and Technology (KNUST) and a Diplôme Universitaire d’Etudes Françaises (D.U.E.F) from
the Universite d’Abomey Calvin having spent her 3rd year in Benin.
As a student, she served as a member of various planning committees and love for theater led her to becoming a director for Mass Drama KNUST in 2013. She has interned with a financial institution and a creative event planning company before joining the Farmerline team. She also serves as a team member of a few non-profit-making organisations.
Freda is passionate about client service relations, events organisation and the vulnerable in the society. She hopes to pursue a career in International Relations. She enjoys peppery hot jollof with chicken…and a fufu lover too!
I studied Natural Resource Management in Knust. After school had the opportunity to work with the Forestry Commission where I started acquiring skills and knowledge in customer service and relations. From there I moved to Vodafone where I gained more knowledge in customer service and now here at Farmerline to bring my skills on board as a customer success associate. When am not working I cook or read.
Lily joined Farmerline in July 2016 as a Customer Success Associate. Her role engulfs keeping good relations with Farmerline’s key customers who are farmers, by driving product adoption in a way that meets their needs. She has a degree in Natural Resources Management and as a Teaching and Research Assistant, she became abreast with the potential of aquaculture in scaling up food security and hence currently pursuing an MPhil. in Aquaculture on a DANIDA project at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana. Through her passion for agricultural development, food security and making impact in the lives of people, she has helped in the formation of the African Youth Network for Agricultural Transformation (AYNAT). Her hobbies are cooking,sightseeing and mentoring kids.
A media professional with commercial experience gained in large media institutions, Isaac has helped build brands like Tonaton, EIB and Pragma Solutions exceed company expectations.
As the Communications Associate at Farmerline, Isaac leads in sharing Farmerline’s voice, its successes, challenges, and services to key audiences such as potential clients, customers, investors and advocates. His experience as a Hall President at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2011 enables him to work with Farmerline’s business, design and tech team to translate information and experiences into written content and materials to improve Farmerline’s visibility.
In his free time, Isaac works on his ‘Soccer Lounge’ and ‘Armchair Pundits’ projects with his friends and works a sports pundit and social commentator on TV and radio.
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