Agriculture is the core sector of Uganda’s economy and the main employer. This sector is the key determinant in the country’s efforts to reduce poverty and attain economic growth in the immediate years. The sector is fragmented and dominated by small holder farmers.
The agriculture sector still faces some major challenges, while some steps are being taken to provide insurance against crop failures, access to finance for small holder farmers is limited, the high cost and limited availability of improved farm inputs, including post-harvest technology, over stretched extension services, poor transport network, lack of information flow, weak value chain linkages contribute most toward restraining the growth of agriculture sector in Uganda.
The Agriculture Sector in Uganda is experiencing climate change effects manifested through, frequent, intense and prolonged dry spells, droughts, floods, increase in temperature and higher incidence of pests and diseases. Climate change has and will continue to have significant direct and indirect impacts on agricultural sector in Uganda. It is predicted that Uganda will continue to experience rising temperatures, which will increase by more than 2 °C by 2030.
Unfortunately we are living through the COVID 19 pandemic times and Uganda's vulnerability to climate change is exacerbated by problems of food insecurity, poverty and weak social institutions and a rapidly growing population. The country's population is growing at a rate of 3.02% per year (one of the highest in the world) which translates into increased demand for food; in turn necessitating increased agricultural production and a climate resilient agriculture.
Mobile phones and digital technologies have significantly affected all sectors of the economy and agriculture is no exception. The lack of technology adoption has undermined the competitiveness of Ugandan smallholder farmers, reducing their productivity as many farmers are still using the outdated agriculture-production methods. These grievances have unfortunately a negative impact on the social life of the enabling and constraining elements in the development of ICT4Agric.
There is no doubt that ICT has demonstrated incredible potential of improving agriculture productivity in developing countries specifically through innovations that use ICT were Farm Kiosk as agritech enterprise is already of this equation. The adaption of ICTs in agricultural sector guarantees a number of benefits including; improved service delivery by state actors like extension workers, opening of new job opportunities especially for young people and service lines, enhancement of processes efficiencies like the distribution of inputs among others.
So if we are to absorb the shock brought about by COVID 19 and address the future demands of feeding our ever bulging population we have to produce more with less in a sustainable way which means embracing climate agriculture practices and new technological approaches along the food value chain system.
What we do
Farm kiosk is an agribusiness social enterprise working on a philosophy of creating a boarderless agribusiness space in Uganda and across East Africa through using a web portal and Mobile App as the major service channels that connect smallholder farmers to markets, agribusiness service providers including agronomists, farm equipment for hire as well as linking landless young people with landlords leasing out their land purposely for agribusiness in any part of the country.
Farm Kiosk is focused on transforming the livelihoods of smallholder farmers through engaging them in an integrated range of activities that include structured trainings on financial and digital literacy and in a bid to have our solution reach more target users in different parts of the country and East Africa we built a 12 local language system which allows our customers to navigate our system i their local language hence allowing farmers to trade and track business in their local languages which will significantly bridge the digital divide gap.
With 80% of Uganda’s land is arable but only 20% of this land is being utilized, 78% of Uganda’s population are youth below the age of 35 with over 400,000 entering the labour market annually.
Post COVID 19 lockdown we are positioning ourselves to contributing to job creation in the agribusiness space while enticing more young people into the sector but also contribute to driving innovation.
We work with both B2C and B2B customers in the market supply chain primarily connecting farmers to potential market opportunities being guided by our farmer profiling feature which helps us to identify the type of produce specific farmers in specific locations are to deal in, in a specific season and their anticipated harvest period which enables us to keep track of their progress throughout t…
Farmers can access information (content) on crops, best crop management practices among others in their local languages. They are also linked to certified extension workers with vast experience for practical agronomy services using mobile technologies.
Farm kiosk profiles arable landowners in the 10 agricultural zones of Uganda leasing out their land purposely for agribusiness and we avail it on on platforms for people willing to rent this land hence creating an environment where people with authentic rent lands for farming lease it out to landless people interested in farming at an agreed cost.
Livestock Farmers enrolled on our platform are directly linked to genuine veterinary professionals to provide services such as diagnosing and treat sick animals, check animals and advise on how to stop diseases from spreading, immunization, operations among others.
Farm Kiosk enables farmers to share, hire and rent out farm machinery like harvesters, harrows, tillers, rotary cutters, ploughs, planters, tractors seeders among others at a fair price.
Farm Kiosk provides agribusiness consultancy services on Farm Planning and Management, structured training in agribusiness, Digital Literacy in a bid to embrace emerging technologies in the agribusiness space among services.