Nigerian agri-tech startup Kitovu has a dual purpose, to help farmers increase their crop yields while providing them with access to markets. The Kitovu platform uses geo-location to match soils with the right crops, with chief executive officer (CEO) Nwachinemere Emeka telling Disrupt Africa this helped farmers increase yields. At the same time, through its produce offtaker network, it creates guaranteed markets for farmers. “The sad reality is that, at present, agriculture practiced by most smallholder farmers in Nigeria is survivalist in nature. Most of them, even though they would love to, cannot afford soil tests. Extension and advisory services are also non-existent, and last mile interaction with farmers as well as flow of information from them to ecosystem stakeholders is lacking,” Emeka said.
Source: Disrupt Africa