Farmerline uses voice and SMS to collect data, share new farming techniques and weather forecasts in local languages, and link smallholders to other actors along the agricultural value chain.
The app’s survey tool also allows development specialists and NGOs to survey thousands of farmers instantly, at a fraction of the cost of traditional field research.
Attah, who launched Farmerline in college in 2012, sees enormous global growth potential in the estimated 500 million smallholding farms feeding one third of humanity, according to a Vodafone-Accenture report.
On February 27, Attah will join a panel titled, “Emerging Markets and the Next Wave of Digital Entrepreneurs,” on the job-creating power of mobile entrepreneurship and the value of incubation as an alternative form of research and development.
Attah has been a featured speaker at TEDxAccra and TEDxKNUST. He also won the World Summit Youth Award and the Apps4africa Climate change competition.