Agriculture is a way of life in many parts of Africa. Today, farmers have the ability to use technology to help improve seasonal outcomes and generate more profit.
Entrepreneurs Karidas Tshintsholo and Matthew Piper developed Khula (Android), an app for businesses in Africa to order fresh, organic vegetables. The app also helps to connect farmers with supermarkets to generate sales and ease the transportation of produce.
"We thought if we could find a way to [commercialize] all those emerging farmers it will have huge implications on employment and basically huge implications on the economic growth of the continent as a whole," Tshintsholo told Africa News.
More than 600 farmers use Khula according to the website.
"The great thing about Khula is the guarantee that the product will be sold, unlike the fresh produce market where we are always uncertain about sales," Danial Phiri, of Eikenof United Farmers said on the site.
The app connects producers to customers who want organic product. Khula transports the produce in a refrigerated truck to keep it fresh. Farmers can list their produce and track inventory levels. The app uses a crowdsourcing marketplace feature to keep up with supply and demand.
Khula goes beyond an app for farmers. The company has a driver app for deliveries, a platform for warehouse management, and an e-commerce website to let clients make orders.
"We envision a world where there is food security as well as opportunities for job creation. [Khula] builds technology and opens up markets for farmers through crowdsourcing and by [democratizing] agriculture," the app's description read.
Khula ended its beta testing window over the summer and will launch a new version soon.
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