WeFarm

WeFarmis a peer-to-peer communications platform which enables smallholder farmers in the most isolated regions in Latin America to crowdsource solutions from a global community, using just a basic mobile phone to send a local-rate SMS. This provides a low-cost, accessible source of support on farming practices and livelihoods in areas which are not reached by extension or NGO support services and capitalises on the diverse, practical knowledge base which exists within smallholder communities.

WeFarm can be accessed and used entirely by SMS, making it truly accessible for small-scale farmers in isolated regions of developing countries, where mobile ownership is widespread but web connections scarce. By sending an SMS in their own language, farmers can pose a question, share an innovation or project and connect with a global community of peers all without leaving the few hectares of land they farm.

We want WeFarm to be the first port of call for any farmer, anywhere with a problem to solve or a solution to share – meaning that, for example, a small-scale farmer growing coffee in Costa Rica will be able to receive advice and support from fellow farmers growing the same crop in Nicaragua, Peru or even Uganda, each interacting with WeFarm via local-rate SMS and in their own language.

Over time, a database of easily accessible, crowd-sourced and vetted farming practices, tips, and answers from smallholders all over the world will be built up, empowering farmers as innovators and entrepreneurs with valuable expertise.

Over two years, with funding from Nominet Trust, a prototypeWeFarmsystemwas designed and piloted in partnership with four smallholder producer communities across Kenya, Tanzania and Peru, enabling us to achieve proof of concept. The pilot project took place in stages, introducing new users, languages and countries at each stage. The final, most advanced stage involved communication between smallholders across all three countries in English, Spanish and Swahili.

In early 2015, WeFarm was launched as an independent social enterprise and is growing rapidly expanding throughout more countries in Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

 

* In January 2013, WeFarm was named as a winner of the Knight News Challenge: Mobile – See ouraward presentation

*In July2014, WeFarm was announced as one of the 4 Google Impact Challenge winners and awarded a 500,000 prize!

*In December 2014, Nominet trust announced that WeFarm was named among the 2014 Nominet Trust 100 (NT100) – a global list of 100 inspiring ventures form around the world!

For more information watch the video below and visit their website-http://wefarm.info/