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Ifarm awarded by UNWTO as the Global Champion for SDG2!

May 31, 2021

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Ifarm Agritech has been awarded by UNWTO as Global Champion for SDG 2: Zero Hunger. This award is given to startups and outstanding founders from across the globe, who are using innovation and technology to accelerate achievement of UN’s sustainable development goals.

The global startup competition’s final event was held at the Royal Theatre in Madrid, Spain on 17th May, and was graced by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili among other dignitaries drawn from the UN and global private sector stakeholders. Present to receive the award was Derrick, our cofounder.

We want to dedicate this award to you, our investors, our partners, and all the hard-working smallholder farmers in our network.

Powering a food secure world, TOGETHER!

Kilimo Biashara Sunlight Solar

May 5, 2021

Small-scale farmers can now farm up to 3 cycles a year generating up to Ksh 1.4 million in household revenue with the kilimo biashara sunlight solar developed by Ennos.

As a farmer looking at sustainable water and irrigation solution for your small-scale farm, you can get started on the solar by registering on this link. Ifarm360 support will be in touch with you to advise on financing, logistics, installation and value-add.

Register here.

Celebrating #Labourday in Kenya

May 1, 2021

Today we celebrate all workers in the Kenyan food value-chain. People who work relentlessly to put healthy, safe and sufficient food on our tables.

#Happylaborday!

Meet the farmer, Solar irrigation Edition!

April 27, 2021

Following our recent partnership with Ennos and Epicenter aimed at making the award winning swiss sunlight pump technology available, accessible and affordable for the smallholder farmers, Robert, is being supported to acquire his pump.

Robert is a farmer who has over 5 acres of arable land that is adjacent to a river but has not been able to put it to good use, because of lack of water irrigation solutions.

Thanks to our partnership with Ennos and Epicenter, Robert has access to the award winning solar pump technology, can now finance it in a structured way and through working with ifarm360 will be able to farm commercially at scale.

He says, he is now more than ever excited about his farming business of onions, vegetables and some maize for his Dairy.

Rice Phase 3 farmers are Harvesting

April 16, 2021

A little over 5 months ago, we recruited rice farmers for cohort 3 (phase 3). We have walked with these farmers supporting them throughout production with provision of quality inputs, fertilizer, superior seed variety , agronomy support, crop insurance, mechanization (Ploughing and harvesting) and access to markets. A bundle of agri-finance solutions thanks to Rice phase 3 farm sponsors.

These farmers are now harvesting and what a bumper harvest!

One of the farmers Mr. Dalmus Oundo, harvested 20 more bags per acre, a 66% increase in production compared to previous seasons. This translates to double increase income at current market price for rice rice paddy price.

Powering Food Security, Together!

Our first ever HUB is LIVE

April 10, 2021

......and we are LIVE,

We are excited to launch our FIRST ever TECH-ENABLED aggregation center in our onion producing smallholder farmer region of Kieni, Nyeri County, Mt. Kenya region. Onion hub, Kieni has a holding capacity of 100 tonnes, curating facility and is 100% tech-enabled.

Onion smallholder farmers lose up to 30% of their produce in post harvest loses due to lack of modern data-driven storage, a further 20% of the crop value is lost as farmers cannot do basic level value-addition through sorting and grading.

Our goal to support over 1,000 smallholder farmers in the 1st year alone creating value of over $20 million in the next one year.

Powering Food Security, Together! 🧅 🧄

Farmer Recruitment Drive for Solar Kit Begins

March 24, 2021

Ifarm360 has kickstarted farmer recruitment drive for the Swiss award winning solar pump by Ennos. Through investor contributions here ifarm360 is seeking to equip over 1000 smallholder farmers with the solar pump through a structured finance model.

Ifarm360 will work closely with farmers in it's onion, watermelon and avocado value-chains, supporting them with acquisition of the pump, farming support and access to markets to empower farmers through a pay-as-you-farm model.

To apply as a farmer visit: https://ifarm360.com/farmer

Rotavating and transplanting done!

March 10, 2021

In a round of rice updates, rice phase 4 farmers have finished transplanting. In these phase farmers used more advanced farm machinery for ploughing , rotavating and in future mechanized harvesting. Technologies that were previously too expensive for them.

Ifarm360, Ennos and Epicenter Africa partner to support Kenyan farmers with award winning solar technology

March 9, 2021

Tuesday 2nd February, 2021 Nairobi: Ifarm360, Ennos and Epicenter Africa partner to support smallholder farmers with award winning solar technology in a bid to accelerate food security, climate action and end poverty.

Over 90% of Kenyan farmers heavily rely on rain-fed agriculture or use outdated farm irrigation methods like manual flooding and furrows. Only 4% of Africa’s arable land is under irrigation compared to 60% in Asia. Solar irrigation technology offers the greatest hope for these farmers. With a solar kit, a small-scale farmer can farm up to 3 cycles a year, increase yields by 300%+ and earn up to $14,000 (Ksh. 1,400,000) in annualized household income.

However, farmers struggle with the high cost of acquisition, lack of availability, and lack of a sustainable financing model.

Through its crowdfunding platform and farmer network, ifarm360 seeks to mobilize resources to support installation of over 1000 solar kits in the first phase of the project. Ennos, an award winning Swiss based solar technology manufacturer is working on design and technology that will ensure that the 1000 solar kits are working for the Kenyan farmers. Epicenter Africa, a renowned solar and energy solutions provider and distributor will support local farmers with access, installation and technology support for the solar kits.

Ifarm360 is UNWTO SDGs Global competition winner for SDG 2: Zero Hunger

February 22, 2021

Our organization ifarm360 has been named as one of the winners of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Startup Competition.

Ifarm360 emerged winner in the "SDG 2: Zero Hunger"-category and the only top startup from sub-Saharan Africa.

Celebrating innovation!

Mr. Brian - local investor testimonial

February 22, 2021

Farm investor confidence is a very important north star for us here at ifarm360.  Every day our collective effort in empowering smallholder farmers is undisputedly actuated by crowd investors who express immense confidence and faith when they fund projects.

In working with smallholder farmers, crowdfunders have an opportunity to influence and gain from the local food economy. To date we have paid back investors over $24,300+ in ROI, mobilizing $68,500+ to support our growing farmer network.

Mr. Brian Mdawida is one of them, here is what he had to say in his testimonial. Find the testimonial on this you tube link.

Avocado-growing impact on smallholder farming households in Western Kenya

February 17, 2021

From an initial harvest, a small-scale orchard of 20 trees can yield 800 Kg of avocado, earning a single household about USD 1,145 / KSH 126,000 at a (grower’s price) of KSH 70 per Kg in the 1st year alone.  This is significant increase in income for the majority of households who are primarily maize farmers. In a year, they take home a paltry of USD 500 / KSH 50,000 from subsistence maize farming in a season.

The hass avocado tree takes 3 years to mature and its fruits are harvested for about 6 months in a year. The lifetime value of an avocado tree is estimated to be, KES >6,000,000 (or USD 55,000) over 65 years.

Ifarm360 is on an ambitious project to support 1,000 smallholder farmers in Western Kenya with 20 hass avocado seedlings each, organic fertilizer and pest management, best practices, and agronomy support in a bid to advance the production of the crop, create value for investors, and improve farmer livelihoods in the long-term.

To learn more about how this project works for you as an investor and the impact for farmers visit:

https://ifarm360.com/product/avocado

Ploughing is ongoing for Rice Phase 4

February 4, 2021

This week , our field team has been working hard with the farmers to finalize rice farm harrowing and nursery in preparation for planting.

Rice Phase 3 farmers are now applying fertilizer

February 4, 2021

Farmers in rice phase 3 are now applying fertilizer and the plants look healthy!

Our agronomists have predicted a bumper harvest!

HOT POTATO is sold out!

February 2, 2021

We are happy to announce that the potato farm phase 4 is sold out! We want to thank project investors for the confidence in ifarm360 farm investing options.

We must act now, to build better and sustainable food systems!

February 1, 2021

A previous study showed that a 1% increase in agricultural per-capita GDP reduced poverty gap five times more than a 1% increase in GDP in other sectors in Kenya and across Africa. Another study demonstrated that for a 10% increase in farm yields, there was a 7% reduction in poverty in Africa.

These reports reinforce the importance of our work ifarm360, where we are keen on using technology and innovation to champion SDG 2, sub 3, by supporting smallholder farmers to increase productivity and household incomes through access to affordable agrifinance, best farm practices, and markets.

The impact begins with our crowdfunding platform www.ifarm360.com. Get started today!

Our impact on SDG 2

January 27, 2021

Reflecting our work on SDG 2 target 2.3

By 2030 double the agricultural productivity and the incomes of small-scale food producers, particularly women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.

Bringing solar irrigation kits to smallholder farmers

January 21, 2021

According to International Finance Corporation, investments in sustainable irrigation for smallholder farmers will not only play a crucial role in relieving pressure on conventional agricultural systems but also empower smallholder farmers to produce more, become more efficient and venture into commercially viable farming models.

Recognizing the potential of these technologies, we are working with Sunculture and our watermelon farmers - like John from Kano, Western Kenya - to access the climate smart rainmaker solar irrigation kit.

Through structured financing and agronomy support, John was able to increase his yield by +50%, which had a direct impact on his household income and enabled him to pay school fees for his child. See his testimony here.

The Africa Food Opportunity!

January 20, 2021

Africa has a food bill in excess of $35 billion, with the agribusiness sector expected to grow tremendously to reach $1 trillion by 2030.

Currently, the food bill is being met through food importation.

Smallholder farmers alone produce 80% of the food consumed in Africa at less than 30% production output. To sustain the rising food demand in Africa, smallholder farmers will have to increase their production capacity by over 50% mid-term and achieve higher scale over the next 10 years.

But to achieve this, smallholder farmers need up to $450 billion in agri-financing to access quality inputs, mechanization, irrigation, technical support and open up markets for their produce.

At ifarm360, we are on a core mission to meet the food bill demand by creating a thriving local food economy through sourcing agri-finance from impact investors and matching it up with smallholder farmers.

Onion phase 2 already sold out!

January 16, 2021

In just one week, we were able to sell out the onion phase 2 project! We will be able to support smallholder farmers in Kieni, Mount Kenya region, with quality seeds, farm best practices and access to markets through our aggregation center.

What a delightful soaring investor confidence, by both investors that rolled-over investments to this new project as well as new local investments - thanky you for your support and continued confidence in ifarm360. Together we will match up the 50% deficit in the local onion market!

Our watermelon farmers are selling!

January 13, 2021

Two of our watermelon farmers, Sabastian and Mwovi from Kitui county, had a bumper harvest of 10+ tones. Ifarm360 was able to support them throughout the farming cycles with best practices, sorting, and access to market. The fruits were of excellent condition & quality!

The harvest was delivered to Twiga foods, one of the largest fresh produce off-takers in Kenya, a proud partner to ifarm360.

Watermelon pay-outs are happening!

January 11, 2021

Through the resources we had thanks to your investments we were able to provide watermelon farmers with quality seeds, fertilizer, and technical know-how to ensure that they have better yields.

The watermelons have been successfully planted, grown, harvested and sold. We are currently paying out all our crowd investors their principle plus the expected 15% return. We are delighted that a good number of you are choosing to reinvest.

The highlight of the project was partnering with Sunculture to provide farmers with solar powered irrigation kits.

Ifarm360 is one of the UNWTO SDG Innovations of 2021

January 5, 2021

The new year is here and we have good news for you.

Thanks to our collective efforts to empower farmers and transform food value chains in Kenya, ifarm360 has been recognized by UNWTO as one of the best innovations tackling SDG 2 Zero Hunger across the world.

Find the full story here.

Happy New Year!

January 5, 2021

We wish you a prosperous and happy new year!

As the new year begins we wish you success in your work even as you support our work with farmers in Kenya.

Seasons Greetings!

December 25, 2020

The entire ifarm360 family wishes you happiness, good health and prosperity throughout the holiday season and the new year. Happy holidays.

Technology to the farms!

December 11, 2020

Rice farmers in the Ahero irrigation scheme have for the past seasons used manual harvesting techniques that are inefficient and often lead to over 30% post-harvest loss of rice paddy.

This is changing thanks to ifarm360.

Over 20 smallholder farmers in the rice phase 2, were treated to a pleasant surprise when we introduced mechanized harvesting for their ongoing harvesting activities.

This is what our collective efforts are achieving.

You can check out the video here.

Powering food security, together!

...As featured in the Business Daily Africa

November 18, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, ifarm360 was featured in the Business Daily. Our story of financial innovation, supporting smallholder farmers to produce more, feed healthy communities and fuel a sustainable local food economy covered aptly. BD is the most read local print paper for Business, investment, financial and technology news. We have uploaded a scan of it for you to review.

New projects are LIVE!

November 11, 2020

Our new open projects:
Potato farms (phase 2): 5,000 KES per unit, 10% ROI, 6 months
Rice farms (phase 4): 10,000 KES per unit, 10% ROI, 6 months
Red onions (phase 1): 20,000 KES per unit, 10% ROI, 6 months

These are the new, exciting farm investment opportunities in Kenya. You get to support the farmers, follow the production progress, contribute to food production and earn your returns. Join us!

You asked, now you have it!

October 30, 2020

Our community of local and global investors asked for this project and we listened: red bulb onions!

Red bulb onion project is a very attractive commercial investment opportunity for you, since local production is not enough, yet demand is consistently high.

To get it right, ifarm360 has partnered with crop experts to support farmers with proper inputs, best practices and secured off-taking contracts with a large onion buyer!

Red onions are LIVE and open for funding! Get your units, this project is already selling out fast!

Potato Farms phase 1 sold out!

October 24, 2020

In just a few weeks, our local and global investors have helped us fund 50 units of Potato Farms for our smallholder farmers in Kenya. We are thrilled and looking forward to the success of this project.

Given the fundraising success and the ongoing demand for the potato commodity by our large buyers, we have opened fundraising for Phase 2 of Potato Farms to generate larger quantities of this produce and support more farmers.

Join us today!

Happy Mashujaa Day

October 20, 2020

To the sung heroes who fought for our freedom, to the unsung heroes who keep food flowing from farm to table, and to all Kenyans we celebrate you on this special day.

Happy Mashujaa day!

A look back at ifarm360's participation in Partos innovation festival!

October 19, 2020

Ifarm360 as part of the Most Inspiring Digital Innovations of 2020 (MIDI 2020) took part in the global Parto's Innovation Festival.

This was an opportunity for @ifarm360 to document the journey, co-create and present the case, 'digital innovation for sustainable development.' Find highlights of the event here.

It's World Food Day!

October 16, 2020

On a day like this, it is also more important than ever to recognize the need to celebrate and support our food heroes - our smallholder farmers in the rice, french bean, tomato, fruit tree seedling, potato, and watermelon food value chains - who keep working hard amidst challenges and making sure that food is produced at scale.

Furthermore and most importantly, on #WFD2020, we are celebrating you, our real #Foodheroes. Through your faith and investments, farmers are able to focus on what's important, farming, while we provide the much-needed agricultural finance, agronomy support and access to guaranteed markets for their produce.
 
We celebrate you!

Water melody, 2nd harvest is here!

October 7, 2020

The sweet fruits of our collective labour are here, the second smallholder farmer in West Kano is harvesting today! Thanks to your agrifinancing, farmers in West Kano are seeing the fruits of our work in their lives and communities!

Update on rice farms in Ahero

October 5, 2020

Rice farms are looking good. Chief agronomist Fred has just given us an update and based on his assessment, the plants are looking healthy!

It's harvest day for Moses!

September 30, 2020

Moses, smallholder farmer 1, West Kano Watermelon phase 1 is harvesting. We are delighted by our collective efforts on this farm.

Fruit tree seedling phase 1 is SOLD OUT!

September 22, 2020

We are delighted to announce that fruit tree seedlings phase 1 is fully funded. Ifarm360 has partnered with SICAN focus group to produce commercially viable fruit tree seedlings at scale. We are looking forward to producing over 11,000 seedlings with guaranteed markets in the next 3 months. SICAN focus group is a community based agribusiness powered by people with disability, women and the youth.

A big thank you.

Our collective efforts in the Rice Farms are starting to take shape

September 18, 2020

It's week 3 after transplanting 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 agritech start-ups joining the Food Africa Accelerator

September 18, 2020

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.

Read more about this milestone here.

Small Money, Big Impact, Sustaining Communities

September 18, 2020

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.

Start farming here.

Ifarm360 is MIDI! (Yes, Most Inspiring Digital Innovation of 2020)

September 15, 2020

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

Our melons are sweetening, counting down!

September 15, 2020

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.

Fruit Tree Seedlings Update

September 10, 2020

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!

Rice farms phase 2 planting

September 6, 2020

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!

Capsicum farms doing great!

September 6, 2020

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.

Meet the farmer (Makueni)

September 6, 2020

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!

The watermelons are growing!

September 3, 2020

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!

Fruit tree project live

August 18, 2020

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.

Meet the farmer (Taita Taveta)

August 18, 2020

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.

Solar panels installed

August 18, 2020

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.

Rice planting

August 18, 2020

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!