Safari Cities platform provides a new way of leveraging technology and global best practices to solve the root cause issues that are adversely impacting smallholder farmers in developing countries. The platform includes mobile applications, integrated with a cloud-based advanced scheduling technology with a potential to increase the average, smallholder farmer’s profits by more than 300%. This ...SEE ALL
Safari Cities platform provides a new way of leveraging technology and global best practices to solve the root cause issues that are adversely impacting smallholder farmers in developing countries. The platform includes mobile applications, integrated with a cloud-based advanced scheduling technology with a potential to increase the average, smallholder farmer’s profits by more than 300%. This happens through mechanization, increased hectarage, and reduced farm input costs.
How does your innovation work?The Business Problem
It is well documented that availability of affordable financing is one of the main issues facing smallholder farmers. However, as soon as one moves past the financing issue, a slew of other issues prevail that make it nearly impossible for the smallholder farmer to be successful and get out of poverty. The poor smallholder farmer has to contend with a disparate set of needs including sourcing of input, quality farm labor, land, best agronomy practices, mechanization, transportation, access roads, market, and predatory middlemen. Even when some of these resources are available, the probability of getting them in a timely manner is very low. As a result, the odds of failure increase multifold, lending risks become higher, and a great deal of value is destroyed or never created.
Safari Cities leverages its cloud and mobile-app-enabled IT platform, which includes:
SCASH – An advanced scheduling mobile application that provides the farmer or farmer group with a crop cultivation task schedule based on entered dates, location, and crop type. SCASH interfaces with Safari Cities cloud-enabled Agripreneur Platform.
Safari Cities Agripreneur Platform (SCAP) – A cloud-based, mobile-enabled platform built around the needs of the smallholder farmer such that the farmer or farmer group can shop for all services needed in one place. Trading Partners provide the following services: training, mechanization, automated planting and harvesting, farm security, insurance, transportation, processing, large land rental, and lending. Integration with SCASH’s location-tracked, scheduling data provides predictive analytics for Service Trading Partners (STP) and processors. This data, combined with previously negotiated, contiguous land parcels, provides opportunities for STPs to attain scale and reduce operating costs that can be passed on to the farmer. Lenders are able to reduce transaction costs and lending risks based on data from SCAP, as well as the inherent controls provided by the Safari Cities, trading partner ecosystem. Farmer group leaders are able to manage member data including demographics and farm performance metrics.
Integration Options – Safari Cities Agripreneur Platform and suite of solutions provide a basis for integrating and leveraging newer trends, such as crowd funding, equipment sharing, and the "uberization" of services, which ultimately contributes to the achievement of the sustainable development goal (SDG) of eradicating poverty.
Youth & Women – Safari Cities has created special booster programs to encourage the youth and women engagement in agri-business at different levels of the value chain. We’ve reduced the drudgery associated with farming by increasing automation through equipment sharing services. We’ve also used our platform to re-stratify the value chain activities, so as to take advantage of skills specialization along the value chain. Educated youth and women are encouraged to farm, or get compensated by creating and managing independent Safari Cities-type clusters of farmers. Youth and women can also progress within the value chain by starting equipment sharing or processing entities. All of these services are aligned through the logistics functionality of Safari Cities Agripreneur Platform.
Safari Cities Impact Funds– These are catalytic Funds used to stimulate the creation of an enterprise system of commercial services to address the needs of the smallholder farmer.