A panel of 15 young people from across the continent showcased their businesses, which addressed a diverse range of issues, including ICT support for smallholder farmers, agri-processing and even capitalising on waste.
|1.||Bio Phyto||Zodome Gildas||Benin|
|2.||InnoFaso SA||Omar coulibaly||Burkina Faso|
|3.||Soja kwa Afia na Ubora wa Ucumi Kwetu (SAUK)||Bikulo Bachiyeka Richard||DRC|
|4.||Ubiquitous Farm Management||Selam Girma||Ethiopia|
|5.||Green Afro-Palms (GAP)||Ababio Kwame||Ghana|
|6.||FarmDrive Limited||Mary Joseph and Rita Kimani||Kenya|
|7.||Safi Organics Limited||Samuel W. Rigu||Kenya|
|8.||J-Palm Liberia||Mahmud Johnson||Liberia|
|9.||ColdHubs Limited||Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu||Nigeria|
|10.||CASA MANGO||Djiby Diagne||Senegal|
|11.||LANDFIRST (Pty) Ltd||Phethile Nkosi||South Africa|
|12.||CIBIO||Brian Makwaiba||South Africa|
|14.||Empire Agricultural Services (EAS)||John Bosco Birenge||Uganda|
Established in May 2014, the project already includes 2,000 producers, who are mostly geographically isolated farmers that FarmDrive will canvas during field visits. The majority of these
users are not equipped with high-end phones, but simple cell phones. FarmDrive technology is suitable for this equipment, and currently uses mobile web and SMS technology. The USSD and native Android are in the development process. The team organizes training to villages to educate producers and explain the benefits of the developed service. This training is an opportunity for farmers to ask questions and give feedback on the innovation, which is constantly being improved.
Initially, founders of FarmDrive thought they would manage peer-to-peer loans, but given national regulations, they had to work with recognized financial institutions to better understand adoption incentives. At present, FarmDrive founders are discussing a potential partnership with a Kenyan bank.