Farmcrowdy, a Nigerian AgriTech startup, has been named as the "Digital Business of the Year (2018)" award in Afrika. This was announced and awarded at the annual Global African Business Awards (GABA) ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Other nominees of the Digital Business of the Year award include 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 Africa’s branding and refinement partners.
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"We 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,” said Onyeka Akumah, Founder and CEO at Farmcrowdy.
The GABA's were launched in 2017 with the aim of celebrating, honouring and generating public recognition for the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals in Afrika.
Farmcrowdy's journey so far
Since being launched 20 months ago, Farmcrowdy reports that it has 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. The startup has also grown its team to 35.
"This impact has seen the platform plant Maize, Rice and Cassava on over 8,000 Acres of farmland in less than 2 years and raised close to 600,000 chickens to boost food production in the country." reads a statement by Farmcrowdy.
The AgriTech startup from Nigeria has also raised $1 million dollars in seed funding from local (Nigeria) and international investors including Cox Enterprises, Social Capital, Techstars Ventures and most recently, won a grant from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovator Fund. Earlier in 2017, Farmcrowdy also announced the launch of their new mobile app, available for Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices, for funding small-scale farmers.