Wefarm enables small-scale farmers to connect with each other around the world to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation.
Kenny is Wefarm’s CEO and Founder, team leader, and innovative thinker.
"Wefarm ultimately created a model that seeks to bring the functionality of the western world internet to the hands of smallholders who can’t access it."
Approximately 500 million small-scale farmers around the world provide over 70% of the world’s food. However, up to 90% have no access to the internet and are often isolated from basic agricultural information and new ideas. Climate change drives regular disruption in terms of weather patterns, worsening soil conditions and stubborn new pests and diseases. Low literacy rates also make it hard for farmers to research new agricultural methods. Combined with geopolitical challenges where new profitable markets are increasingly difficult to source, small-scale farmers face tough odds to turn a profit.
The aim of the project
Wefarm empowers farmers to connect with each other online and through SMS to get the information they need to improve their livelihoods. Farmers can share and access crucial livestock and crop knowledge and vital pieces of information on how to improve their farm or battle a disease – without travelling, spending any money, or having internet access. They can ask questions on farming and receive crowd-sourced answers from other farmers around the world in minutes.
Close to 400,000 farmers across Kenya, Uganda and Peru use Wefarm for agricultural information. To-date, our farmers have sent more than 42 million text messages, asked over 482,000 questions and received 704,000 answers.
Since 2015, Wefarm has been named one of Africa’s Most Innovative Companies by FastCompany and has won Google’s Impact Challenge Award, TechCrunch’s Europas-Tech for Good Award, and the European Union Commission’s Ideas from Europe prize, among others.
Watch the Wefarm video to see the team talking about the project