Kitovu is a social enterprise that uses data to eliminate guesswork and supply chain inefficiencies in African agriculture so as to enable smallholder farmers to make more money off their farms.
The Kitovu platform collects soil and market demand data. The soil data enables us to provide farmers with soil and crop specific fertilizers, as well as certified seeds and agrochemicals; which when combined with agribusiness practices successfully triples crop yields. The market demand data, on the other hand, enables us to give farmers information on the crop varieties and specifications to ...SEE ALL
The Kitovu platform collects soil and market demand data. The soil data enables us to provide farmers with soil and crop specific fertilizers, as well as certified seeds and agrochemicals; which when combined with agribusiness practices successfully triples crop yields. The market demand data, on the other hand, enables us to give farmers information on the crop varieties and specifications to grow so as to guarantee offtake from commodity buyers.
Kitovu provides farmers with yield increasing inputs and access to markets using its specially formulated custom fertilizer recommendation service and market demand data.SEE LESS
Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Kitovu has a mobile and web application with remote sensory and NDVI capabilities, in English, French, and Urdu. We have been operated commercially since 2018, generating over $150,000 in revenue to date from working with over 9,500 farmers.
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Lives Impacted to Date
Funds Raised to Date
Farmers in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa achieve very low yields (a third of global yield averages according to a 2008 IFPRI World Development Report).
Fragmented markets and the activities of middlemen means that smallholder farmers are unable to find markets which offer fair prices for their produce.
Kitovu provides quality and yield increasing inputs and access to markets by using remote sensing and data science to collect and analyze field, soil, and market demand data, enabling them to recommend precise inputs and markets. By providing farmers with precise inputs, soil and crop health insights, and access to markets, farmers are able to achieve a 30% reduction in the cost of production, double their yields, and achieve 100% sales of their farm produce.
The Kitovu model has 2 important stakeholders we serve – farmers/farmer-based organizations, and commodity buyers.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to transform Africa into the food hub of the world by using technology to unlock yields and access to markets for smallholder farmers.
By collecting soil and market demand data that we analyze and aggregate, we are able to accurately pinpoint the nutrient needs of a particular soil and get fertilizers that match that specific nutrient needs blended and supplied to the farmers. When these location-specific fertilizers are combined with quality seeds and good agricultural practices provided by our agent network, the result is a yield increase. This prevents soils from being poisoned with serious doses of mismatched fertilizers. This also means that farmers are able to grow more from fewer lands; as such, they don't have to clear more forests. It also means farmers spend less to produce more. The market demand data, on the other hand, enables us to give farmers information on the crop varieties and specifications to grow so as to guarantee offtake from commodity buyers. As a result, we are able to provide an end to end solution for farmers, from farm to market, in a way nobody else can.
Planned Goals and Milestones
• Reach 30,000 farmers in 2021
• Launch Plant Health Analysis Platform, and Water Stress Analysis in 2021
• Launch Farmers Service Centers in one state of the country
• Be Operational in at least 12 states of Nigeria in 2020
• Launch operations in another country in 2021
• Provide the Kitovu platform in two other languages in 2021
• Open up our platform to other service providers like truckers, tractors in 2021
• Develop credit and risk profiles for farmers on our platform in 2022
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||1,000,000|
|New Implemented Countries||Ghana, Benin, Senegal, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire|
|Recruit||3 Board Members, 4 Management, 100 Agents|
|New Feature||Disease Early Warning System, Risk and Credit Profiles, Plant Health and Water Stress Analysis. |
The Team Behind the Innovation
The Kitovu team is made up of a mix of young people passionate and connected by a shared one belief; “that the emerging markets can be transformed through agriculture if we deploy technology to tackle the problems that make that sector very unproductive”. Our team brings a relative balance to the team in terms of industry experience, customer insight, and management. We have a cumulative experience that is over 27 years.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN