FARMHAND

FARMHAND

ACCRA, GhanaKUMASI
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

A mobile application (FARMHAND) that works on addressing the difficulties faced by young people in their quest to own a farm. The app helps them locate resources needed to start and maintain their farms and provide access to in depth information on what to do and how to go about various practices

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

“What if available funding , tools and their use, and available markets can be accessed in just a click”
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Necessary information for effective production is scattered and others inaccessible, hence this makes it difficult and discouraging to young farmers.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Almost every youth in Africa uses a phone. A mobile application (FARMHAND) targeted at helping young farmers. It provides information on resources(capital, available land, farm equipments and implements) where to acquire them and information how to use them effectively. For beginners, there is an in depth information on how to cultivate crops and rear animals.

Awards

Award for best design process. During the 2015 GESA MAKERS FAIRE KNUST,GHANA GESA: Ghana engineering students association KNUST: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

A motivated youth gets frustrated after having to surf all corners of the internet for information on how to start/cultivate his new farm, he’s not sure of where to get funding as a startup capital to purchase materials and resources such as land and equipment. His biggest fear is also that he might not get an available market to trade his produce after harvest. He gets discouraged and decides never to farm. with the farmhand mobile application, he could have answers to most of his challenges.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

This application (FARMHAND) puts all the information you need into one avenue. You get to know every relevant information you need to know about the crop or animal and how to rear or cultivate it on your farm *the mobile application (FARMHAND) gives information on the weather, tools and implements needed to cultivate your farm. The cost of tool, available shops for purchase or rent and the contact details of the shop * a list of investors and available markets of trade are also available on the application (FARMHAND)

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

We are working on making the application (FARMHAND) available on all the different mobile operating systems, improving the web version and enhancing test messaging option so that , those without smart phones can access their information via test messaging A resource center where customers can walk in or call in for all information
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

With respect to finance, the project was supported with seed fund to run our prototype and start the initial stages by Creativity Group. In subsistence of our App we started offering services we are piloting in the agricultural faculty in K.N.U.S.T, for students of Agric Science. So we provide a wide range of students starting capital, tools and seeds to cultivate on land we negotiated with the faculty for. So they get to pay back after harvest.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Here in Ghana, two organizations Esoko and Farmerline are in that arena, unfortunately their target is mainly small scale farmers. They only provide information on market prices on produce weather information via text and calls. Our focus is on young people who haven’t started a farm before, or who have just started in that field and want to sustain it despite their busy schedules. Our major product is a mobile application which can also be assessed without internet access. USSD text messaging option, available.
Team

Founding Story

David a team member, is a student of Agric. He wanted to start a small carrot farm so he could make some money to help him pay his fees. Despite his tight academic schedule, he surfed the internet and save some money to start. He lost more than half his produce at harvest because he realized he didn’t get enough relevant information on best practices on his farm, how to control pest and disease on his farm and the right tools to use. After the little harvest he searched all over but didn’t get anyone ready to purchase his carrots. Then he decided this app be created so other young people don’t encounter similar challenges.

Team

Currently we are a group of three Dannah David, Naa Doduaa and Kudaya Paul Yao David’s experience in crop farming and Paul’s experience in animal rearing really contributes. They help in the gathering of information with respect to how to cultivate and rear the various farm animals and crops. Naa’s experience as a marketer, helps us market and advertise our product to prospective investors and to various stakeholders.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

CREATIVITY GROUP

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

CO-FOUNDER

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Kudaya Paul Yao manages his own animal farm NUNANA Farms, he rears rabbits and poultry
Dannah David also owns various crop farms in vegetables, yam and maize.
Naa Doduaa works with together with his colleagues in their marketing firm, T-Best Company limited

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Aside our able team, we gain support from The Creativity Group, a group which supports young people to start their ideas. They help us with advisory service structural support. The Faculty of Agriculture of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology also plays an important role in authenticating our information before we publicize them. Our colleagues’ students also help us with feedback and suggestions on our product.