Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform is offering a new way for Nigerians to participate in agriculture using online technology.
Farmcrowdy's service is simple. Nigerians can commit an agreed sum to own a minimum farm space, start and complete a farming cycle.
This way, the farm partner is able to sponsor a farmer in one farming cycle thereby empowering the farmer, expanding their farm operations, and making use of 50 million hectares of arable farmland in Nigeria that is currently under-utilized according to the World Bank.
Farms partners on the platform can sponsor any farm of their choice including maize farms, poultry (broiler) farms, cassava farms and tomato farms.
The farm partners then get bi-weekly updates about their farm progress including pictures and videos from the farmers. Also, farm partners can visit their farms if they wish to at any point in time to learn about the farmer they’ve partnered with and the farm products they are working on.
According to Onyeka Akumah, Co-Founder and CEO, Farmcrowdy, “Farmcrowdy is a revolutionary platform, one that has the ability to turn Nigeria’s economic fortune for good leveraging on technology to impact on the Agriculture space.
"We have secured over 1,000 hectares of farmland in the South-Western part of Nigeria especially in Oyo and Ogun state as we launch this initiative.
"With one farmer working on one hectare per season, this means that we have provided a platform to engage a minimum of 1,000 farmers with Farmcrowdy. Our goal is to secure 10,000 hectares around the eastern parts of Nigeria and the Lakaji Corridor in other to make use of Dams and Irrigation facilities in this region.”
Currently, the platform has secured 52 partners locally and internationally who have sponsored over 200 farm units. Also, over 500 farm followers have signed up to learn about farm progress as the updates come in.
The co-founder further explained that Farmcrowdy was brought forth out of a need to increase food production to keep up with the growing Nigerian population.
According to a press release made available to Pulse, Farmcrowdy was also co-founded by leading agricultural consultant AfricanFarmer Mogaji.
He has 19 years experience who is well known in the Agriculture space. Described by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a ‘Champion for Change’, Africanfarmer Mogaji before FarmCrowdy, was the CEO of X-Ray Farms Consulting.