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Farmer SMS platform Wefarm hits 1m users

Kenny Ewan
Wefarm founder and chief executive Kenny Ewan. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

Digital network for farmers Wefarm has hit one million users in Kenya and Uganda, with plans now underway to expand its operations to Tanzania and across Africa beginning next year.

According to a statement shared by the UK-based firm, farmers also asked and answered more than one million questions through the platform in a single calendar month.

Aimed at small-scale farmers, Wefarm is a USSD-enabled platform that allows growers to share information — for free, in their own language and without any internet. The data also indicates that one in five farms in Kenya and Uganda are using the network to seek information.

Its network allows farmers to ask one another agriculture-related question and share ideas.

Earlier this year, the social impact firm secured Sh505 million seed funding for Kenya expansion.

The financing was led by Silicon Valley-based True Ventures, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg. Other funders were Skype and Atomico founder Niklas Zennström, Blue Bottle Coffee CEO Bryan Meehan and the Norrsken Foundation.

“Hitting one million farmers is the first step in our global expansion and we’re expecting growth to accelerate quickly from here on out, Wefarm now shares more content…and has more content contributors than Wikipedia,” said Wefarm chief executive Kenny.

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