Farmerline CEO to ...

Farmerline CEO to speak at Mobile World Congress

SMS app was one of 18 at infoDev’s Mobile Startup Camp

Alloysius Attah, CEO of Ghana-based mobile app Farmerline, has been invited as a panelist at the Mobile World Congress—the premier global gathering of mobile carriers, entrepreneurs, and specialists—in Barcelona on February 24-27, 2014.

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.

Farmerline was a winner of the mAgri Challenge, as well as one of 18 startups to receive training and pitch their companies to angel investors at infoDev’s Mobile Startup Camp in November 2013.

Attah has been a featured speaker at TEDxAccra and TEDxKNUST. He also won the World Summit Youth Award and the Apps4africa Climate change competition.

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