A Nigerian digital agriculture platform, Farmcrowdy, which allows Nigerians to invest in agriculture, has targeted an additional investment fund of $1 million.
This follows the company’s initial investments of $1 million in 2017. International investors Cox Enterprises and Techstars, along with local investor Ajayi Solutions have participated in the round as the startup prepares for an upcoming Series A fundraise, later in 2019. The startup will use the investment to continue building its award-winning model, whilst expanding across Nigeria to cover 50% of all 36 states in the country, over the next 12 months.
With a team of 50, Farmcrowdy has empowered over 12,000 farmers across 14 states in the Nigeria, reared close to 2,000,000 broiler birds as part of its poultry farm cycles and cultivated over 16,000 acres of farmland with over 35,000 farm units sold to date. With farm sponsors in Nigeria and across the diaspora, Farmcrowdy is effectively growing a community model that is set to continue the empowerment of local farmers and facilitate food production in Nigeria and eventually across Africa.
Founder and CEO of Farmcrowdy, Onyeka Akumah, told newsmen, recently, that, “The announcement of this additional funding, marks another milestone for us as we amplify our presence in the country and explore new opportunities. We are delving into the possibility of utilising drone services for field analysis, improving our farmers yield with additional research and 3D mapping, as well as entering into formidable strategic partnerships that will grow the impact of our work. We’re continually grateful that we have a group of investors who share and support our vision as much as we do. It is a great source of motivation for the entire team as we look to the next phase of growth as a company.”
In a bid to improve the management of Farmcrowdy’s farmers and farm operations, the startup has also launched the Farmcrowdy TFS App, available to its Technical Field Specialists that will aid in better profiling farmers, managing inventory, as well as data collection and analysis from existing farmers.
For almost two and a half years, Farmcrowdy continues to inspire a renewed interest in farming across generations. In order to better serve the startup’s existing farm sponsors and attract new sponsors to the platform, the startup is in the process of upgrading the Farmcrowdy app to optimise user experience which currently has over 90,000 users and farm followers.