Contribute your ideas to improve Food security in Africa

IMG00155-20130727-0726Several Months ago, I and a three other African visionaries sat down in Accra, Ghana and developed a startup: Agricnet Solutions Enterprises, a one-stop Agric consultancy and viable social enterprise that aims to reduce food waste due to post harvest fruits and vegetable losses,improving the eating habits of people in sub-saharan Africa where small holders and farming families contribute greatly to the food security of their families and rural communities.

Small holders who are mostly farming families are faced with the major challenge of post harvest losses, caused mostly by inaccessible road network,epileptic power supply or none at all, and a lack of storage facilities. I and my team are creating a platform that will put farmer groups online so that people in any part of the world can get to buy their produce from them immediately after harvest.

This method however, has several challenges, especially lack of basic amenities, as well as access to and knowledge of the use of ICT tools among old farmers and illiterate farming families in the rural areas. What ideas do you have, that have worked in your country or that you read about that worked elsewhere that you think will reduce post harvest losses and improve food security in Africa. Please kindly take your time to share your ideas here so we can discuss together. Thank You.

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About kalusam

I am a graduate of Agriculture with options in Soil Science and Meteorology from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike- Nigeria. I am the lead Agribusiness consultant at Agritechnovate Solutions Entreprises. I have underwent several trainings, conferences and studies in Agriculture and entrepreneurship with University of Maryland, U.S.A , IHAV Foundation Conference, Association of Africa Business School (AABS) Agric business Launch to mention but a few. As a young farmer and entreprenuer with a passion for research and writing, I use this blog to share my experiences as well as inform Youths of the opportunities available in Agriculture and Entrepreneurship. Follow me on twitter: @kalusamanya Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kalusam Skype: kalusam WHatsapp: +2347036931636
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4 Responses to Contribute your ideas to improve Food security in Africa

  1. Eric Bowen says:

    Hey friend,
    I’ve mentioned this to you in the past, but I am working with folks in Australia at the Open Food Foundation to develop the Open Food Network, a platform to help farmers sell crops (or livestock) before they are harvested. The software will be open source, so programmers all around the world can help farmers solve the problems unique to every region/market.

    In the US, at least 100 towns have an online farmers’ market, with between dozens to a couple hundred farmers participating. The biggest I know of helps $10K in product move with a once a week market and a team of volunteers that get a discount.

    In places without broadband, SMS might be used as a protocol to post prices and arrange sales. There’s some software out there to help programmers with SMS, Twilio is one I’ve heard a little about, though there are others.
    Cheers,
    -Eric

    North American Outreach
    Open Food Foundation
    http://openfoodweb.org/foundation/ofn/
    https://github.com/openfoodfoundation/openfoodnetwork

    • kalusam says:

      Thanks eric, we will contact you later to discuss further on how we can collaborate. Please you can contact us via agricnetsolutions(at)gmail.com. Thank you!

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