Thursday
December 13
2018

Nigeria’s Hello Tractor in AI, blockchain partnership with IBM Research

By Tom Jackson

Nigerian agri-tech startup Hello Tractor has partnered IBM Research to pilot an agriculture digital wallet and decision-making tool that provides demand and supply visibility for farmers, tractor fleet providers and banks.

Launched in 2014, Hello Tractor is focused on improving smallholder farmers’ access to timely and affordable tractor services, along with other farm inputs. Its mobile app aggregates tractor service requests and then pairs them with recommended tractors and operators, while tracking how many hours each piece of equipment is in the field and area serviced.

“Through valued relationships with companies like John Deere, we’ve been very successful in increasing mechanisation access in smallholder communities.”

Photo courtesy of P. Casier.

Source: Disrupt Africa (link opens in a new window)

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Agriculture, Technology
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agribusiness, agriculture, agtech, artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital payments, fintech, mobile applications, smallholder farmers, startups, technology