Serial entrepreneur and digital expert, Onyeka Akumah has launched a new platform in the agricultural space. It is Farmcrowdy.com
Farmcrowdy.com, is a new platform expecting to boost capital and productivity for local farmers by connecting them to Nigerians across the world who are willing to commit an agreed sum to own a minimum farm space, start and complete a farming cycle.
In a recent press release, it was stated that Nigerians around the world can partner with Farmcrowdy to own a minimum farm space by committing an agreed sum to starting and completing a farming cycle.
In doing so, the farm partner is able to sponsor a farmer in one farming cycle thereby empowering the farmer, expanding their farm operations, participating in the drive to end food scarcity and making use of 50 million hectares of arable farm land in Nigeria that is currently under-utilized according to the World Bank.
The Farmcrowdy.com platform allows Farms Partners to sponsor any farm of their choice including Maize Farms, Poultry (Broiler) Farms, Cassava Farms and Tomato Farms. The Farm Partners then gets bi-weekly updates about their farm progress including pictures and videos from the farmers. Also, Farm Partners can visit their farms if they wish to at any point in time to learn about the farmer they’ve partnered with and the farm products they are working on.
According to CEO and founder, “the company has acquired “Over 1,000 hectares of farmland in the South-Western part of Nigeria especially in Oyo and Ogun state as we launch this initiative. With one farmer working on one hectare per season, this means that we have provided a platform to engage a minimum of 1,000 farmers with Farmcrowdy. Our goal is to secure 10,000 hectares around the eastern parts of Nigeria and the LAKAJI Corridor in other to make use of Dams and Irrigation facilities in these areas.”
He further explained that the launch of Farmcrowdy’s website and platform was brought forth out of a need to engage Nigerians especially youths in Agriculture, empower small-scale farmers and increase food production to keep up with the growing Nigerian population.
Asked about Farmcrowdy’s knowledge in Agriculture, Onyeka said that apart from being in to farming in the past one year, he has partnered with Co-founder and COO, Africanfarmer Mogaji who is bringing on board over 19 years of livestock and crop production experience into the company.
Mr. Africanfarmer Mogaji is well known in the Agriculture space. Described by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a ‘Champion for Change’, Africanfarmer Mogaji before FarmCrowdy, was the CEO of X-Ray Farms Consulting – a new generation agricultural expert, coach and consultant with over 19 years of experience both in the livestock and crop production industry within and outside Nigeria.
Farmcrowdy has been in beta-mode since going live on the 14th of September, 2016 and already over 200 farm land spaces have been sold to more than 50 Farm Partners that joined us through the website. They have already bought over 3,000 chicken birds as a result of the last 2 months of sponsorship from Farm partners.
Aremu Omoniyi, one of Farmcrowdy’s poultry farmers gives updates on the over 500 chicks in his care to Mr. Onyeka Akumah, CEO of Farmcrowdy.