Ghana: Mobile apps help smallholder growers get fairer prices

Newly-developed farming apps have brought relief to farmers in Ghana who struggle to access fair market prices. Developers hope the apps will soon also be used on a wider scale to tackle food insecurity on the continent.

Other African countries, including Ivory Coast, have also seen success with farming apps

Several software applications have already flooded Ghana's burgeoning tech space, with signs they are already proving a game-changer for many farmers. Five years ago, the agro-tech firm AgroCenta launched an app which enables farmers to sell their produce to consumers directly. They can even upload pictures of their produce, so the consumer can see what they are buying.

The biggest challenge facing the app is the lack of internet service in remote areas. But the company says it has still reached at least 12,000 farmers. AgroCenta's CEO and co-founder, Francis Obirikorang says his firm is now servicing four regions in Ghana: "We are working with 12,000 small holder farmers. We make a monthly revenue of $50,000 (€50,000), connecting these 12,000 smallholder farmers to five major off-takers."


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