Improving Farm Yields in Zambia
According to the World Bank, the current size of the Agriculture sector in Africa stands at $330 billion and its set to top $1 trillion by 2030. Zambia is home to over 16M people where agriculture constitutes the main income source for an estimated 60% of the population. In 2016, Zambia had a devastating pest attack by the fall armyworm. It affected over 130,000 hectares of land. The same year, the country experienced dry spells and droughts affecting around 450,000 farmers. The infestation and drought affected national food security.
Agripredict is a risk management tool aided with artificial intelligence which helps farmers mitigate and prevent risks involved in farming, like pests, diseases and weather anomalies. It aims to democratize farming and make it sexy for the 21st century. They have abstracted the complex tech and their users can access the services on their smartphone applications and on social media including Twitter, Facebook, and Whatsapp. They aim to make farming cool for many farmers in Africa, considering that Africa has a young population.
28, 000 farmers now use the platform to dramatically reduce the risk of losing farm yield to environmental elements like drought or diseases and pests. Agripredict hopes to grow this user base to 300,000 farmers by 2020, giving Zambia closer to providing enough food for its people and fostering cross-border trade with other African countries. The future is bright.