In the wake of a deal with John Deere and the Nigerian government, we asked Van Jones, cofounder of Hello Tractor, to give us an update on the business after a small pivot in its strategy.
There is a groundswell of startups and technologies emerging to help smallholders increase efficiencies and hopefully move many from subsistence farming to farming for profit.
A new coalition of agriculture and finance industry players is working together to find new ways to get technology into the hand of smallholders farmers
Wefarm uses AI technology to connect small-scale farmers to crowdsourced information by enabling them to share techniques and advice on anything from how to battle a disease to how to increase their income, through SMS or online in their own languages.
Indoor farming startup Bowery is opening a second farm while chef Dan Barber starts selling seeds and JUST creates a product just for Africa, plus more in our weekly brief.
AgDevCo recently made an unconventional investment that could have great impact on the rural, agricultural economies in Tanzania.
A representative and non-exhaustive selection of these companies have been visualized in this African Agtech Market Map, into nine categories by AgFunder and The Seed Project.
The prevalence of small farms on the African continent has meant growth in crop yields far lags other parts of the developed and developing worlds and means many of these new high tech tools are irrelevant to the African agricultural market.
Gro Intelligence is a data product that provides global agricultural data analysis on what CEO Sara Menker says is an unprecedented scale.
FarmDrive is using big data to create credit scores for smallholders farmers, enabling local banks to lend to them.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a three-year, $6.1 million grant to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to expand and accelerate the development and deployment of improved varieties of sorghum for smallholder farmers.
Smallholder farmers have limited cash flow to be able to purchase new agtech, so SunCulture, and other agtech startups operating in the African region, have had to get creative in how they sell their wares.
myAgro is a mobile savings system enabling smallholder farmers in Africa to pay for crucial inputs like seed and fertilizer in pre-paid installments as they prove their ability to save.
The WFP has tasked itself with achieving “Zero Hunger” by 2030 and is looking to agriculture innovation and technology to help get there.
SunCulture, a company creating solar-powered irrigation kits for smallholder farmers, discusses the challenges of getting startup funding in Africa.