In Kenya, a number of innovative startups are leveraging technology to revolutionize the food industry.
These companies are using everything from mobile apps to data analytics to provide farmers, businesses, and consumers with new ways to access and manage food. By streamlining supply chains, improving distribution channels, and providing better information to farmers, these startups are helping to reduce waste, improve food security, and increase profitability for all stakeholders. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at 10 of these tech startups and the innovative solutions they’re bringing to the food industry in Kenya.
1. Twiga Foods
Twiga Foods is a platform that connects farmers to vendors in urban markets. By sourcing directly from farmers, Twiga Foods is able to offer fresh produce at affordable prices while also reducing food waste.
M-Farm is a platform that enables farmers to access real-time market prices for their crops and connect directly with buyers. This helps to reduce post-harvest losses and improve the profitability of small-scale farmers.
3. Kopo Kopo
Kopo Kopo provides mobile payment solutions for small businesses, including those in the food industry. By enabling customers to pay via mobile, Kopo Kopo makes transactions more efficient and secure.
Sendy is a logistics platform that provides on-demand delivery services for businesses, including those in the food industry. This helps businesses to reduce delivery times and improve customer satisfaction.
5. KOKO Networks
KOKO Networks provides clean cooking fuel solutions for households and businesses. By replacing traditional cooking fuels with cleaner alternatives, KOKO Networks is able to improve health outcomes and reduce environmental impact.
FarmDrive is a platform that provides credit scoring and lending services for small-scale farmers. By using data analytics to assess creditworthiness, FarmDrive is able to offer affordable loans to farmers who might not otherwise have access to credit.
Taimba is a platform that connects farmers to retailers and consumers in urban areas. By streamlining the supply chain and reducing middlemen, Taimba is able to offer fresh produce at competitive prices.
8. Apollo Agriculture
Apollo Agriculture provides farming inputs, such as seeds and fertilizers, on credit to small-scale farmers. By combining this with agronomic advice and crop insurance, Apollo Agriculture helps farmers to improve their yields and profitability.
MarketForce provides a mobile platform for managing sales and distribution channels. This is particularly useful for businesses in the food industry that need to manage a large network of retailers and distributors.
Sokowatch provides a mobile ordering and delivery platform for informal retailers in urban areas. By providing a convenient and affordable way for retailers to restock their shelves, Sokowatch helps to improve access to food and other essential goods.