Wefarm, the world’s largest farmer-to farmer digital network, announced that it has reached over 1.1 million users across Kenya and Uganda, with plans underway to expand its operations to Tanzania and across Africa beginning next year.
“Hitting one million farmers is the first step in our global expansion and we’re expecting growth to accelerate quickly from here on out,” said Kenny Ewan, CEO of Wefarm. “Wefarm now shares more content than Stack Overflow and has more content contributors than Wikipedia. Now that we’ve demonstrated that our network works on a mass scale, we’re looking towards our commercial vision for 2019 and beyond, which may include both data intelligence services and the creation of a marketplace that puts farmers’ needs first.”
The company also shared that for the first time, farmers have asked and answered more than one million questions through Wefarm in a single calendar month.
Wefarm enables small-scale farmers – many of whom live in remote areas without access to the internet – to connect with one another to solve problems, share ideas, and spread innovation. Wefarm solves a very simple problem for these farmers – where to get help.
Through Wefarm, farmers can ask questions in their own language on anything related to agriculture, from battling a crop disease or an infestation of armyworm to best practices for growing cash crops such as maize, tomatoes, coffee, and tea. Wefarm’s machine learning algorithms match each question to the best-suited responder. The average time it takes for a farmer to receive an answer to their question is under six minutes, even for farmers without internet.
“Knowledge shared on Wefarm can help farmers produce a higher quality product, increase yields, gain insight into pricing, tackle the effects of climate change, diversify agricultural interests, and source the best seeds, fertilizers, and loans.” the AgTech Startup boasts.
Wefarm’s Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) libraries are the first of their kind to be able to identify three regional African languages – Kiswahili, Luganda, and Runyankore – in addition to English. This means, unlike with other AgTech networks, Wefarm users don’t need proficiency in English. This increases reach and access.