Wefarm, the world’s largest farmer-to-farmer digital network, has announced that it has reached over 1.1 million users across Kenya and Uganda. With
With one in five farms in Kenya and Uganda using the network, the company plans to expand into the rest of Africa in 2019, beginning with Tanzania.
Wefarm’s network allows small-scale farmers to ask each other questions on anything related to agriculture and then receive bespoke content and ideas in response.
Not only can farmers ask questions in any language, but they can also access the platform through internet access and SMS via their mobile phones free of charge.
Wefarm’s machine learning algorithms then match each question to the
Knowledge shared on Wefarm can help farmers produce
Wefarm’s natural language processing (NLP) libraries are the first of their kind in the world; this model can identify three regional African languages – Kiswahili, Luganda, and Runyankore – in addition to English. This means, unlike with other agtech networks, Wefarm users don’t need proficiency in English. This increases reach and access.
“Hitting one million farmers is the first step in our global expansion and we’re expecting growth to accelerate quickly from here on out,” said Kenny Ewan, CEO of Wefarm.
“Wefarm now shares more content than Stack Overflow and has more content contributors than Wikipedia. Now that we’ve demonstrated that our network works on a mass scale, we’re looking towards our commercial vision for 2019 and beyond, which may include both data intelligence services and the creation of a marketplace that puts farmers’ needs first.”
Founded in 2015 and headquartered in London with offices in Nairobi and Kampala, Wefarm has been named one of Africa’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company and has won Google’s Impact Challenge Award, TechCrunch’s Europas Tech for Good Award, and the European Union Commission’s Ideas From Europe prize, among others.
“Wefarm is an extraordinarily ambitious and impactful business using the power of technology to connect small-scale farmers throughout Africa,” said Jon Callaghan, co-founder of True Ventures. “We are very pleased with their growth and success.”