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IBM Africa and Hello Tractor pilot AI/blockchain agri-tech platform

IBM Research and agri-tech start-up Hello Tractor have developed an AI and blockchain-driven platform for Africa’s farmers. The two companies will pilot the product in 2019 through an ongoing partnership, co-financed by IBM.

The cloud-based service –dubbed ‘Digital Wallet’ in beta- aims to support Hello Tractor’s  business of connecting small-scale farmers to equipment and data analytics for better crop production. The start-up joined IBM Research to demo the new service at Startup Battlefield Africa in Lagos.

Available to Hello Tractor clients, the online platform will use a digital ledger and machine learning to capture, track, and share data, while “creating end-to-end trust and transparency across the agribusiness value chain,” according to an IBM release.

Digital Wallet will draw on remote and IoT-based weather-sensing methods and AI to help farmers determine crops and inputs, choose when to plant and optimize and predict crop yields.

According to an article on, the cloud-based dashboard also employs a blockchain ledger to improve multiple points of Hello Tractor’s business.


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