Founded in 2013 by CEO Alloysius Attah and COO Emmanuel Addai, Farmerline has quickly grown into a smallholder agri-tech market leader in home country Ghana and beyond. The company helps to transform smallholder farmers into successful entrepreneurs by giving access to quality inputs, training and markets - tools they use to improve their income.
Allround farmer services
Through its farm management system Mergdata, Farmerline offers training to smallholder farmers in agricultural practices, knowledge transfer on smart use of agrochemicals and climate-resilient agricultural methods to help farmers increase their yields. Mergdata also sends weather information and provides crop insurance and other agronomic advice to thousands of farmers in their local language.
Furthermore, Farmerline ensures farmers are connected to (inter)national buyers through a trading platform. The company also provides financing for drought-resistant seeds and organic fertiliser through a dealer network.
Ecological and societal resilience
Farmerline will use the USD 1.5 million facility provided by Hivos-Triodos Fonds to provide its services to an increasing number of smallholder farmers.
The global food crisis and climate change have a devastating impact on many African countries and even more on rural and farming communities. This is exacerbated by the lack of access to basic needs, such as quality inputs, technology, information, training and access to market to enable farmers to grow more food in a sustainable manner and earn more income, explains Investment Manager Jerry Kwo. “Farmerline has developed a succesful solution, leveraging technology to solve these problems and increase food security. This is a good fit with Hivos-Triodos Fonds in terms of positive impact in ecological and societal resilience and to improve the wellbeing of thousands of smallholder farmers in West Africa.”