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Index Award 2017 Finalists
Wefarm
Connecting small-scale farmers to vital agricultural information

There are 500 million small-scale farmers around the world, who together grow more than 70% of the world’s food. Most of them don't have Internet access and are often isolated without access to even the most basic information. With the world’s population expected to grow from 7 to 9 billion before 2050 - and climate change an entrenched reality - we need solutions that get information distributed properly and helps the world gain insights into global problems.

Wefarm is a social enterprise that enables farmers to share and access information through even the most basic mobile phone. When a farmer sees something strange about his crops, he sends a message to the local Wefarm number. The question is then processed and sent out to select members of the messaging community. A useful answer is returned within minutes. Wefarm enables farmers to share and access vital information without leaving their farm, spending any money, or having access to the Internet.

Wefarm is actively present in the marketplace and currently has over 177,000 users around the world – with hundreds more signing up each day. A total of 280,000 questions have been answered so far, and all these interactions allow Wefarm to build unique data sets and insights into problems like disease and drought across entire countries and regions where little or no data exists.