The eFarms Model

The agricultural sector of Sub-Saharan Africa has several challenges top of which is lack of farm financing and market access for traceable produce. Our future-centric technology platform, efarms is positioned to transform the entire Africa into the hub that feeds the world by matching active farmers and would be farmers, with the skills and finance to practice sustainable agriculture; bringing together different interest groups whose interests are aligned, from farm-investors who want some return on investment, produce offtakers and exporters who source traceable produce, farmers who want to expand their farm holdings but can't access farm financing, and potential graduate farmers passionate about farming but with neither the skills nor funds to do so. The happiness that resonates among all stakeholders when they pull together is because together everyone achieves more.

Why are we doing this?

Our motivation shows our passion

Empowerment

To provide farmers, especially graduate farmers with a platform that empowers them; through trainings on agricultural best practices, quality inputs, and funding, to start their own farms.


Food Security

To strengthen food security in Sub-Saharan Africa by expanding the amount of arable land that is sustainably deployed.

Increased Quantity of Traceable Produce

Existing farmers can expand their farm operations with a resulting increase in income


High Quality Produce

To provide processors and produce offtakers with a reliable source of high quality traceable produce.

Promising Investment

To provide would be investors passionate about the agricultural sector, but without the skills and/or the time required to effectively manage a farm with viable investment options with ROIs ranging from 15-35% and investment cycles ranging from 3 months to 18 Months.

How does it work

eFarms is a revolutionary digital agriculture model deployed to tackle the problems of paucity in funding for agriculture, food insecurity and underutilization of abundant arable land, increasing youth unemployment, and difficulty in accessing a consistent supply of high quality traceable produce that has bedeviled Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic landscape. By leveraging on pools of investment from investors passionate about the agricultural sector, but lacking the skills and time to execute effectively; and making same available to farmers, both active farmers, as well as potential graduate farmers, and connecting this to produce offtakers, we provide a sustainable solution to these problems.

efarms presents a preselect list of farms comprising of different crops and animals, chosen with careful consideration to demand, yield, Return of Investment (ROI), and Tenure of investment. These are divided into sub units corresponding to minimum investments for each farm. Thus, a maize farm may consist of 100 Acres of sub-farms, which may be in different locations. All farms are insured. To participate, a potential farm-investor would go through our platform, browse through all the farms with their corresponding GPS Coordinates, ROI, Expected Yield, Tenure of Investment displayed, read the FAQs, ask questions; then register, and select for funding the farm of their choice. During the tenure of investment, the farm-investor gets bi-weekly feedback in the form of videos, pictures, texts, and can book onsite farm visit if he chooses. At the end of the investment tenure, the Farm-Investor gets back his initial capital and his returns on investment varying for different crops and different tenures. For further details explore our farms.

When a participant registers as either an active farmer, or graduate farmer, they are screened; only qualified farmers can participate or be on-boarded. Active farmers are assessed for crops they have experience growing, a feasibility study on the suitability of land they use for selected crop would be evaluated, and if matching, the farmer’s operation is funded. For the graduate farmers, they can only be on-boarded at the end of their training on crops selected. The funding of farmers comes in the form of provision of inputs needed for the quantity of crops chosen, and monthly stipends agreed upon. This measure is to ensure that funds are used for agreed upon purposes, as well as uniformity of produce, as the same seedlings would be provided to all farmers.

The active learner chooses what crop to follow and is able to learn across all our media platforms. He may later decide to begin his own farm, or work with us. The produce offtakers also registers and keeps track of our produce and the harvest time; with the view to buying them once they are ready.