#FarmInMyPocket: FarmCrowdy Launches Mobile App for Agritech at 1st Anniversary

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Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform, has announced the launch of its first Agritech mobile app for Android, iOS and Windows devices.

According to Onyeka Akumah, co-founder and CEO of Farmcrowdy, the Farmcrowdy app was launched “to provide an accessible, real-time platform for people on the go, who do not want to miss out on empowering their own communities. By effectively placing farms in the pockets of Nigerians globally, we are collectively impacting national food production and food security. This is our way of creating impact and return model for everyone sponsoring small-scale farmers with Farmcrowdy”.

“In the past month alone, we have witnessed over 500 farm units of poultry – 25,000 chicks – sell out in a few hours to engage farmers who would have found it difficult accessing loans in the banks; so it’s super fast-paced.  We expect that with this move, we would continue to stay at forefront of innovation in Agritech across Nigeria and scale our activities into more states in Nigeria while attracting more farm followers and sponsors to engage our farmers”, he concluded.

With another 6,000 Farm Followers visiting its website weekly, the launch of the Farmcrowdy mobile app will provide a more accessible platform for agriculture enthusiasts to experience, learn and appreciate agriculture practice first-hand. Now, Farm Sponsors can expect to see returns after harvest of 6-25% over a 3-9 month period, depending on what farm type they choose.

Farmcrowdy currently provides regular updates, images and videos from the farmers as they work on the sponsored farms, providing an opportunity for their sponsors and farm followers to digitally track the journey of their sponsored farm through regular updates. It has worked with close to 2,000 small-scale farmers in Nigeria already with a vast majority of Farmcrowdy sponsors based in Nigeria and 10% located in the US and UK.

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Since the launch of its website 12 months ago, Farmcrowdy has recorded close to 1,000 unique farm sponsors, aggregated a combined 4,000 acres of farmland in Nigeria for farming purpose and grown over 150,000 organic chickens to date. FarmCrowdy currently operates in eight states across Nigeria. For a startup in its first year, this is huge!

Recall that it was selected by Techstars Atlanta as one of the members of the 2017 Class and the only African Startup to participate in its accelerator program. Farmcrowdy is reshaping the way in which people participate in farming and food production, through using their online platform to source funds from sponsors, whose money is used to secure land, plant crops and meet the funding needs of boosting food production with small-scale farmers.

According to the startup, farm sponsors can choose to sponsor a variety of farm types including cassava, maize, rice, soya beans and poultry.Farm sponsorships start from N96,000 [$270], and Farmcrowdy coordinates pre-arranged buyers to sell the farm harvest when the cycle is complete.

You can download the app here.


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