Agritech startup Farmerline expands its reach in West Africa, supporting small scale farmers in Ivory Coast and deepening its partnerships.
Ghanaian agri-tech startup Farmerline, founded by Alloysius Attah and Emmanuel Owusu Addai, has officially launched its operations in Ivory Coast, marking a decade since its founding. Farmerline’s expansion into Francophone Africa aims to deepen partnerships and support small scale farmers in the region through its technology platform Mergdata, which provides access to high-quality fertilizers and seeds, education on climate-smart farming practices, and connections to international markets.
Farmerline – A decade of impact in Ghana and beyond
Since its launch, Farmerline has collaborated with over 3,000 strategic partners in 48 countries, including government institutions, local agribusinesses, NGOs, and food companies. Through its technology platform Mergdata, Farmerline has delivered daily voice and SMS agronomic messages in local languages to 800 small-scale farmers, supporting and improving their livelihoods.
Expansion into Ivory Coast
With its expansion into Ivory Coast, Farmerline aims to support agribusinesses in driving the digitization agenda for farmers in the country. Ivory Coast is home to over three million smallholder farmers, and Farmerline plans to collaborate with local agribusinesses, farm cooperatives, existing partners, government, and food trading companies to create lasting benefits for small scale farmers and promote sustainable agriculture.
“We’ve worked with partners who have been using our technology in Ivory Coast for the past six years,” Attah said. “The time has come to expand and fully commit to helping Ivorian agribusinesses to drive forward the farmer and agribusiness digitization agenda, including creating and distributing localized agronomic and farm services to support as many farmers in the country as possible.”
Leveraging big data and predictive analytics
Farmerline believes that by bringing big data management technologies and predictive analytics into farming, alongside providing quality inputs in a timely manner, agronomic support, and a marketplace for smallholders, the agriculture sector in Africa can become more efficient. Farmerline’s approach to agriculture aims to create lasting benefits for small scale farmers and contribute to economic growth in the region.
Last year, Farmerline announced a Pre-Series A investment raise of USD 14.4 million and grew its team across the West African locality.
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