Food waste and post-harvest loss is a serious problem in Nigeria and Africa – about 60 per cent of all food produced on the continent is lost to post-harvest loss, enough food to feed 300 million hungry people in the continent. This also costs farmers billions of dollars in annual revenue.
Nigerian agri-tech startup Agriple is connecting farmers to buyers via an online platform that improves market access, shortens the farm-to-table time, and cuts food waste. Launched in August 2019, Agriple has built a web application that allows farmers to upload pictures of their farm produce along with prices, and sell to buyers in any part of the country.
“Ours is a farm-to-table service that delivers cheaper and traceable farm produce to businesses and homes. Agriple is bringing down the barriers placed on the sale of farm produce by physical locations, expanding the farmers’ market access significantly, and cutting post-harvest loss and food waste,” co-founder Vincent Okeke told Disrupt Africa.
Okeke and co-founder Samuel Ogbujimma previously worked together on another startup, LegitCar, but are now fully focused on Agriple.
Since launch the platform has helped its farmers sell over 60,000 kilogrammes of farm produce, worth about US$35,000 in sales. Agriple has about 300 farmers registered on the platform, and has access to thousands more through partners.