This will be a short post that marks the beginning of the end of our participation in Startupbootcamp FinTech Dubai. After meeting investors, interacting with mentors and other startup cofounders, the team had to pitch on the final day. The SBC Accelerator helped build our capacity as business men and more importantly fine-tune our business model. 30th April was the set date, we had two weeks to write our scripts, get it edited and be…

Climate change is perhaps the most serious environmental threat to the fight against hunger, malnutrition, disease and poverty in Africa, mainly through its impact on agricultural productivity. This post contains pointers shared during the just ended Africa Climate Week in Accra – Ghana. This presentation focuses on farmers’ climate smart/ resilient good practices (including pastoralists, fishers, aquaculture, and tree dependent communities’ adaptation to climate change by smallholder farmers. Taking actions to reduce their vulnerabilities and…

There is an ever increasing need to invest in agriculture due to a drastic rise in global population and changing dietary preferences of the growing middle class in emerging markets towards higher value agricultural products. Financial services for smallholder farmers are critical to achieving financial inclusion goals. Many Microfinance institutions and banks see potential growth from extending financial services to these unbanked clients, but their traditional approaches must be adapted to capitalize on opportunities in rural…

Women play an important role in all aspects of the society and industry, focusing on agriculture however, women across the world and in Africa do about 70% of the work in agriculture. Research has however found that yields on farms run by women are approximately 20 to 40 percent lower than yields on farms run by men, and therefore, “gender aware” programs that specifically seek to increase the work of women on farms are vital.…

“Disrupt or be disrupted” I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase over and over again you’re starting to wonder if it’s just a tech jargon to make business executives sound smart or there is an actual disruption going on. Disruption is defined as “an interruption in the usual way that a system, process, or event works” by the Cambridge dictionary. In the business or start-up space, this interruption happens daily. Typical example is the uberisation of every space presently. I’m talking AirBnB disrupting the…

Having been selected to part of the first cohort of Startupbootcamp (SBC) FinTech Dubai brought its own excitement and anxiety. We were excited because our idea to provide a platform through which smallholder farmers can be connected with finance had been validated, however, the anxiety of leaving operations and being away for the programme period couldn’t be hidden. We settled it in our minds and hearts after deep deliberation of the business model and the…

Agribusiness in Ghana has recently seen some innovation from new players. The potential of farmers and other business providers in the agricultural value chain is huge. With its related benefits for all players, the benefits of agriculture is not only limited to the change in livelihoods of farmers but also for the provision of ecosystem services and a good revenue generation avenue. People need food, people need energy to work and carry out various activities…

For this post, we invited the the folks at Locagro, an agribusiness located in Nsawam – Ghana that is focused on market facilitation for farmers. Enjoy! You have always dreamt of becoming a farmer, growing food not just for yourself but for your greater community. You yearn to work with the soil, and are prepared for a life in the country side with intellectual challenges and uncertain finances. Your day begins before the sun is…

The world’s total populace will develop to around 9 billion individuals in 2050 bringing about a higher utilization of food and its derivatives. The rapid growth of food demand due to the growing population worldwide is enhancing the need for agricultural technology. Smart agriculture is an innovative way of implementing agricultural activities by reducing human efforts and using the best available resource from mechanization to prescision farming, Internet of Things, Global Positional System (GPS) etc.…

The rate at which subsistence or smallholder farmers develop all over the world is meager because they lack access to sufficient capitals. This keeps them at constant stage without any remarkable development. Over the years, subsistence have contributed to the economy immensely. And yet, only a few of these farmers have been able to benefit or access lending from financial institutions; this has incapacitated smallholder farmers leaving them with no other option but to run…