Since agriculture is one of the largest industries in all of Africa, it only makes sense that great minds in the tech world are turning their attention towards it. There is great demand for more efficient, higher-volume agriculture in Africa, and now apps are emerging to help agriculture workers meet that demand. Here are 12 apps boosting agriculture in Africa.
Ugandan-based app Esoko is in the business of, “Delivering market information to farmers across Africa” according to Esoko.com. Esoko connects farmers with everything from potential investors to nonprofit organizations working on food optimization.
Modisar is both a practical and financial app. Through the app, farmers can track their farming costs and sales, but they can also receive tips on things like vaccinations, feeding, farming best practices and financial advice. Modisar.com describes the app as, “A precision livestock management app.”
SALI stands for Sustainable Agricultural Livelihood Innovation. Based out of Kenya, this app aims to warn farmers about storms and weather changes before they occur. According to Cdkn.org, the creators of the app work with farms, “To help them learn how best to use seasonal and short-term weather forecasts within their farming methods.”
The World Concern App
The World Concern organization has been distributing food to those in poverty for years. Now they are working with a new app that tracks who gets their food and when via a barcode scan, and delivers money to food merchants, says Worldconcern.org.
Kilimo Salama’s motto, “Since we cannot control the weather” gives a hint into what the app does. Users of this Kenyan app receive both up-to-date changes in climate, as well as tips on how to protect their crops in changing weather conditions. The app also sells insurance policies to farmers, should they lose crops to weather changes, according to Kilimosalama.com.
Since veterinarians are not always nearby or available, Vet Africa allows farmers to look up symptoms of sick animals, discover diagnosis and get suggestions for treatment. Microsoft.com says the app has been, “Catering for 80% of cattle diseases commonly found in rural Ethiopia” and has been extremely effective in saving the lives of livestock.
i-Cow helps farmers keep track of their cow’s milk cycles, so they know the best times to milk their cows, when and how to store the milk and more. The app even offers tips of dairy farming in general. Some of the app’s services listed on icow.co.ke include, “Costs of milk production” and “Prevention and cure of milk related diseases.”
Cocoa Link has over 100,000 users in the cocoa-producing industry. According to Worldcocoafoundation.org, users, “Receive and share practical information via SMS text and voice messages with industry experts and other farmers
EZ Farms is targeted at investors with stock in small farms, or those who do not live near their farms and need help remotely managing them. MgAfrica.com reports that the app provides things like a “Soil moisture sensor, a water tank level monitor and—best of all—an infrared camera that monitors plant health.”
M-Farm helps farmers stay competitive, keeping them updated on what farmers in their region are charging for certain products. M-Farm also puts farmers in touch with the appropriate customers, like supermarkets and large food chains. The app even goes so far as to offer discounts on farming materials. Mfarm.co.ke says an additional feature offering tips on optimal crop production is coming soon.
BBC.com describes this app as a “Text-based agricultural education platform.” Through the app, farmers can report their circumstances and resources. After inputting their information, the farmers collect information on how to grow the most crops given their conditions.
Agro-Hub is a crowd-sourced information app based out of Cameroon. Through the app, farmers can learn everything from food storage tips to how to optimize their sales on social media. According to the company’s website Agro-hub.com, their main objective is to, “Combat poverty among rural farmers in Cameroon by improving farmers’ household incomes through agricultural market development.”\
Source: AFK Insider