Farmers To Benefit In Ujuzikilimo-Venture Capital Covid-19 Relief Initiative

Local small scale farmers are set to enjoy KSh18 million worth of technical support as part of a social-economic recovery initiative by an agricultural technology solutions provider.

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14, 2020 – Local small scale farmers are set to enjoy KSh18 million worth of technical support as part of a social-economic recovery initiative by an agricultural technology solutions provider.

The agricultural technology solutions firm UjuziKilimo has received support from Wadson Ventures; an Africa focused early-stage venture capital house.

Speaking when he confirmed the COVID-19 relief partnership agreement, UjuziKilimo Chief Executive officer Mr Brian Bosire said the company will channel the support towards COVID-19 and locust invasion related interventions geared at facilitating swifter agricultural production recovery.

Accompanied by Wadson Ventures Partner, Evans Wadongo, Bosire expressed regret that continued use of non-data driven decisions on food production by economic planning and related stakeholders, has the potential to exacerbate the food crisis during the forthcoming post-COVID-19 period.

Speaking when he confirmed the COVID-19 relief partnership agreement, UjuziKilimo Chief Executive officer Mr Brian Bosire said the company will channel the support towards COVID-19 and locust invasion related interventions geared at facilitating swifter agricultural production recovery.

“At UjuziKilimo, we are delivering a platform that advances data-driven decisions for the world’s smallholder farmers by collecting, organizing and making sense of agricultural data. The partnership with Wadson Ventures will allow us to extend free access to digital tools to enable farmer support organizations to sustain smallholder farmer operations while fighting the pandemic and making our food production systems resilient during and post the COVID-19,” said Bosire.

Through the US$174,000 worth partnership commitment, Bosire said UjuziKilimo will provide intelligent agronomy information to eligible smallholder farmers affiliated to selected co-operative societies, national and county government agencies. Co-operatives interested in receiving the free support should sign up by visiting www.ujuzikilimo.com.

“The partnership with Wadson Ventures will allow us to provide increased food productivity interventions through the award-winning UjuziKilimo Farm Suite solution. The solution to be provided to farmer support organizations countrywide provides cutting edge information technology, analytical and planning tools to help farmers enjoy faster recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and locust invasion impacts,” Bosire said.

He added that: “Both the Coronavirus pandemic and locust invasion episodes have visited untold suffering to local farmers ranging from supply chain disruptions, to crop destruction. This has occasioned massive losses and uncertainty that can be managed through applied technologies.”

On his part, Wadson Ventures Partner Evans Wadongo, noted that the global COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges with low-income farming communities continuing to suffer heavy loses.

UjuziKilimo is a data-driven agricultural technology company that is driving change in the way farmers access information and manage their food productivity. Founded in 2015 and supported by early-stage venture firm, Wadson Ventures, UjuziKilimo is one of the pioneers in agricultural technology in Africa.

UjuziKilimo provides both proprietary portable Internet of Things (IoT) based hardware device that conducts soil analysis, and a machine learning-based software solution that conducts data analysis.

 

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