FarmHouse Connects Zambian Farmers Through AI-powered App

By : Adoni Conrad Quenum

Date : vendredi, 14 juin 2024 09:48

The tailored solution was developed by two tech entrepreneurs to support farmers, particularly smallholder farmers.

FarmHouse is an agritech solution developed by the Zambian startup eMsika. It allows users to purchase agricultural products and seek farming advice from an AI-based chatbot. The startup, based in Lusaka, was founded in 2016 by Gilbert Mwale and Elton Chirwa. On Thursday, June 13, Gilbert Mwale announced the company's plans to expand into Tanzania, Nigeria, Egypt, and Zimbabwe.

The solution features a mobile application available on iOS and Android, which has already been downloaded over a thousand times, according to Play Store statistics. After downloading the app, users create an account to access the various services offered by the startup. FarmHouse focuses on providing technical advice on farms and selling quality agricultural inputs for the needs of small poultry and livestock farmers in urban areas.

Using FarmHouse, farmers can access training, inputs, and connections with other farmers, while eMsika recently launched a farmer membership programme called Farmhouse Plus. It has also set up a physical store, and partnered with multinational suppliers,” Gilbert Mwale told Disrupt Africa.

The startup offers subscriptions, with the most affordable priced at 149 Zambian kwachas (approximately $5.64), granting access to several services. This subscription model, along with the profit margin from the sale of various agricultural products, generates revenue for FarmHouse. The company claims to have trained around 8,000 farmers through its training programs.

Adoni Conrad Quenum


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