WeFarm is a free peer-to-peer service that enables farmers to share information via SMS, without the internet and without having to leave their farm. Farmers can ask questions on farming and receive crowd-sourced answers from other farmers around the world in minutes.
How they’re disrupting
Small-scale farmers are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and they face many challenges including lack of access to traditional markets, agricultural inputs and finance. Every day, small-scale farmers develop a diverse range of innovative, low-cost solutions in response to the many challenges that they face. But with the majority of farmers living in remote areas without internet access, they cannot share this information with others. Until now, with WeFarm.
There are 500 million smallholder farmers in the world, most of whom live on less than $1 a day.
Investments and future
$2.9 million invested to date. UK winner of The Venture 2016: Chivas Regal’s $1 million competition for social enterprise, adding to its already impressive haul of awards, including the 2014 Google Impact Challenge, the MEFFY Award for Innovation in technology and the EC’s Ideas from Europe.