Increasing population, GDP, and urbanization are radically transforming the economic landscape in Africa. According to a recent UN study, 5.6 billion people—over half the world’s population with be African by the year 2100.
In order to feed this new world, the existing systems that generate 42% food waste are going to have to change. And in fact, they already are. This rapid formalization of the food supply chain will reshape Africa dramatically over the next decade. The fate of how formal retail will impact local growers is yet to be determined. How might we help small-holder farmers to be integral participants in a formalized agricultural sector rather than be marginalized by it?
By helping to expand the market reach of farmers’ products through formal wholesalers, Shamba.io will help alleviate the seasonal local competition that drives waste, as urban retail absorbs the extra supply. Shamba.IO helps farmers work with rural extension agents to forecast yields and arrange seasonal calendars for pick-up, so farmers can make informed decisions about what to plant, how to plant it, and when to harvest.
Introducing Shamba.IO, an enterprise software platform that enables agricultural organizations to partner DIRECTLY with small-holder growers by increasing the efficiency and intelligence of farmer extension networks.