Machine learning intelligence farmer-to-farmer digital network Wefarm has reached over 300,000 farmers in Kenya and Uganda and is currently seeking its next round of funding to build a new digital ecosystem of products and services.

Current investors include LocalGlobe and Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV).

Saul Klein, Founder of LocalGlobe and seed investor in Wefarm said, “Wefarm is exactly the type of domain-specific network that adds real value to its users. Just as Stack Overflow built a community for the 18.5 million developers globally to share their programming knowledge, Wefarm is building a community – and, soon, a new digital ecosystem of products and services – for the world’s 500 million small-scale farmers.”

 Growing the community to 300,0000 farmers, made up of dense localised clusters in key counties in Kenya and Uganda, is a significant accomplishment.

According to Kenny Ewan, CEO of Wefarm, “We are proud that Wefarm is providing a service that responds to the needs and wants of the world’s small-scale farmers and have made it our mission to connect every farmer in the world who needs information — online or off. But we won’t stop there. Our vision in the coming years is to create a new digital ecosystem of products and services for the 400 billion GBP small-scale agriculture market, made for farmers by farmers.”

With over 180,000 farmers in Kenya using Wefarm at present. The free mobile and online service that enables farmers to share crucial livestock and crop information online and via SMS – without needing the internet and without having to leave their farms. It’s key innovation is the creation of the world’s first crowdsourced peer-to-peer network for offline communities.

Approximately 500 million small-scale farmers provide over 70% of the world’s food. However, up to 90% have no access to the internet and are often isolated from basic agricultural information and new ideas. According to the GSMA, by 2020, 168 million more people will be connected to mobile services in Africa alone.
This represents an immense opportunity for rural connectivity. To take advantage of this, Wefarm, as announced earlier this year partnered with nano satellite technology company Sky & Space Global, a narrowband connectivity services and advanced underserved area communications (AUAC).
Wefarm has also announced several new partnerships this quarter. Rural Outreach Africa (ROP), Heifer International and TechnoServe have all partnered with Wefarm to bring their farmers into the network, thus extending the benefits of farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing to their brands.