Farmcrowdy, Nigeriaâ€™s first and leading digital agriculture platform has won the Digital Business of the Year (2018) award in Africa. The award was granted at the annual Global African Business Awards (GABA) ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Launched in 2017, GABA, the worldâ€™s premier annual business award was created to celebrate honour and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organisations and working professionals in the continent of Africa.
Other nominees of the Digital Business of the Year award were e-commerce platforms – Konga, Jumia, Zando, Dressmeoutlet, Mall for Africa and Dealdey; WeFarm, the world’s largest farmer-to-farmer digital network; Interswitch payment gateway; and Delvv.io, South Africaâ€™s branding and refinement partners.
Founder and CEO of Farmcrowdy, Onyeka Akumah, in his response to the award, said: â€œWe are honoured to have our hard work aimed at impacting on the lives of rural farmers recognised. We are delighted about the great opportunities ahead of us as we continually strive to remain at the forefront of technological innovation in Agriculture across Nigeria and eventually the continent of Africa.â€
With a team of 35, Farmcrowdy has in the last 20 months empowered over 7,000 direct and indirect rural farmers and given thousands of farm sponsors a platform to participate in Agriculture from their computers or mobile phones in order to make profit at harvest. This impact has seen the platform plant maize, rice and cassava on over 8,000 acres of farmland in less than two years and produced close to 600,000 chickens to boost food production in the country.
According to Farmcrowdy, â€œThe leading digital agriculture platform has also raised $1.4 million in seed funding from local and international investors including Cox Enterprises, Social Capital, Techstars Ventures and most recently, won a grant from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovator Fund.
â€œSo far, the funds have given the leading startup the potency to scale its operations to 10 states of operation in Nigeria with plans for more expansion across more states and regions.â€