For our #BellaNaijaWCW this week, we shine the spotlight on Divine-Love Akam, an economist and entrepreneur who’s leveraging technology and relationships to unlock finance and markets for smallholder farmers.
Divine-Love is the founder of eFarms, an agri-financing and agri-training platform encouraging portfolio farming with a mission to feed the future sustainably.
eFarms’ focus is digitizing African Agriculture to ensure food security through empowering smallholder farmers without access to finance.
What the platform does is, it provides financial linkage between farm-investors and small holder farmers; it also empowers passionate youths with the practical skills and knowledge in building sustainable agribusinesses.
It has trained about 200 young people in its Farmers Academy and has raised $.5m in farm investments for more than 2,000 smallholder farmers working in 8 agricultural value chains across 7 states of Nigeria (Oyo, Ogun, Plateau, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa, and Kano).
At the same time, over 5,000 farmers have received effective and efficient agricultural practice training through the platform.
Recognising that farmers’ produce are useless without a market, Divine-Love’s eFarms launched MarketMaker, its digital commodities trading platform.
Divine-Love is a 2019 Africa Innovation Fellow and is a nominee for The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) Prize for Agriculture.