AgTech start-ups are an important driver of agricultural transformation in Africa. By offering their digital solutions to smallholder farmers, AgTech start-ups contribute to food security, increased yields and improved living conditions. At the same time, however, they also face major challenges. Although they provide much-needed services to farmers, AgTech start-ups have difficulty reaching a sufficient number of farmers to create a profitable business model.
Make-IT in Africa has recognized digital agricultural platforms as a way to improve market access for AgTech start-ups. Platforms provide an environment where start-ups can gain access to a large number of farmers and reduce the cost of expansion, while bundling their product offering into a full range of “end-to-end” services. Digital for Agriculture (D4Ag) aims to improve the conditions for AgTech start-ups to scale digital solutions for the agricultural and food sector.