It’s no secret that mobile phone penetration is on the rise
and nearly half of the world’s population now uses mobile communication
In Ghana, smallholder farmers account for 80 per cent of domestic food production.
In 2013, energetic social technology entrepreneurs Alloysius Attah and Emmanuel Owusu Addai
Development organizations, governments, and many others have put
high hopes in the potential of mobile technology to improve and
upgrade agricultural markets and value chains
Leading Ghana-based technology provider Farmerline has announced plans to join the Business Call to Action.
The company plans to empower 500,000 small-scale
farmers by 2019 in west Africa to advance their
livelihoods by accessing information that helps them to improve their harvests
Alloysius Attah, 25, is turning his attention to smallholder farmers,
half a billion strong worldwide, who currently feed one-third of humanity.
In his home country of Ghana, smallholder farmers account for 80% of domestic food production.
Ghanaian startup Farmerline and Rwanda’s Atikus Insurance have been named the winners
of Village Capital’s FinTech for Agriculture accelerator programme in East Africa,
walking away with US$50,000 in investment each.
Despite its huge agricultural potential, Africa’s local food production
is crippled by the numerous challenges small-scale farmers face – such as a
lack of access to market information and financing
The Women Advancing Agriculture (WAA) Initiative builds on Farmerline's existing technology
and business model to effectively advocate for increased gender equality and access to
information for women in Ghana
Alloysius Attah, 25,
set up Farmerline, a mobile communications tool that provides agronomic advice and weather forecasts
to smallholder farmers in Ghana.
It can seem obvious, but mobile network operators (MNOs) are businesses that, at the end of the day,
are motivated by their need to
As part of our engagement with African partners in addressing the challenge of climate change,
the U.S. Department of
State announced the West and Central Africa winners of
the Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge in Durban, South Africa on December 7, 2011
Farmerline uses voice and SMS to collect data, share new farming techniques
and weather forecasts in local languages, and link smallholders to other actors
along the agricultural value chain.
With up to 60 sessions and over 300 speakers, eLearning Africa 2012 will be a who’s who of the Continent’s
leading ICT and education players. Young software developers who are coming up with home-grown solutions to
long-term problems will...
Farmerline, one of the applications developed during the second Mobile Web Ghana training program,
has won a cash prize of $600.
As a young girl in my native Canada, I daydreamed about the excitement of taking hold of my
freedom and independence - I was encouraged to believe I could achieve anything with a bit of
hard work, and that my gender was irrelevant - it would neither hinder nor help me.
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