It's week 3 after transplanting and our rice farms in Ahero, Western Kenya, and they are settling in well. As the rice grows, so does the hopes of the local communities. Rice is important to these smallholder farming communities as a staple food and as an economic activity.
Ifarm360 is one of the top 10 agritech start-ups in Africa that will be joining the #FoodAfricaAccelerator program, a joint program by GIZ Cooperation, MakeIT In Africa, Pangea Accelerator and Strathmore University. The program will support ifarm360's mission to promote food sustainability through sustainable agriculture in Africa.
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We have secured a market for the 'Shangi' potatoes, which is the most preferred potato variety in Kenya with early maturity and short dormancy. Ifarm360 will work with a group of 50 women smallholder farmers to produce at scale, supply and empower. We need your support in getting much-needed capital to this group of women.
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In the last couple of months, The Spindle searched for those brilliant innovators that work on new digital initiatives that contribute to an inclusive and sustainable world. From 60 applicants they announced which 30 initiatives belong to the 30 Most Inspiring Digital Innovations (MIDIs) 2020. Ifarm360 was selected as one of the 30! Watch the inspiring journey here. So who else from across the world made it as a MIDI? Check it out here
Water melons farms in West Kano, Western Kenya, are now fruiting and sweetening. Thanks to your funding, smallholder farmer toil and our agronomists, the melons are almost there. And we can't stop salivating for the harvest day.
So what does this mean? Well, it's just a matter of weeks now. Get investing in new projects to keep up the good feeling of countdowns like this.
SICAN Focus group has started with the grafting process aiming at producing more than 1000 fruit tree seedlings a month. This social agribusiness focusing on empowering women and people with disability. You can grab one of the last 3 remaining units and earn while empowering them to produce more!
After a month-long seed growth in a nursery, our rice farmers are now transplanting the rice seedlings to their farms. With quality inputs provided and advisory support on demand, the farmers are focused to do their part towards the success of the farms. Stay tuned as we walk together through to the harvest!
Our partner farmers are seeing good fruition of their capsicums and looking forward to a great harvest. We thank our investors that brought in the much needed capital to procure quality inputs and advisory support to our farmers. Capsicum is a high value crop with promising returns to investors. We welcome you to partner with us to unlock this farming potential and gain returns.
Ifarm360 visited farmers in Makueni County in Eastern Kenya to understand their immediate needs and explore opportunities for partnership. Pixie oranges, avocados, watermelons, mangoes, tangerines and many other fruits do well in this region that serve as the fruit basket for the country and also serve the export market. Farmers highlighted the need for quality inputs, water, market linkages, among others. Together, we can join hands to unlock the immense potential in these value chains and enable farming as a business. Join us today!
Thanks to our global investors, we were able to fund our watermelon farm of 50 units within 3 weeks in July 2020. We are working together with farmers in Kano, near Kisumu, Kenya. Thanks to our farmers’ skills, we have already seen the first fruiting and are about 1.5 months away from the first harvest. This project is expected to generate a 15% return on investment in January 2021 – stay tuned!
Following the great success of our previous farm projects, we have launched two new sustainable projects on our platform. The first, is a rice farm project in Western Kenya where you can expect a 28% return in 12 months. The second is a fruit tree seedling farm in Rusinga Island (also in western Kenya) where you can expect a 15% return in six months.
Last week, the team was in Taita Taveta County where we engaged farmers, addressed challenges and identified new value chains. This opportunity was well met by the team as we got first-hand inspiration to consider bananas and plantains as a new value chain for Ifarm360.
Sustainable & environment-friendly farming technologies form the basis of our approach. As such, we worked with one of our smallholder farmers on our watermelon farm and transitioned his farm from diesel-powered irrigation to renewable solar power.
A few days since we planted a new rice bed at our farm in Western Kenya, seedlings have sprouted and are growing at an amazing rate. We anticipate that in a little over a week, they will be ready for transplanting to our rice farms. We look forward to a successful rice harvest!