Meet the team behind Farmhut!
Each season, farmers in Zimbabwe struggle to find buyers for their products, leaving them with a surplus of produce and a lack of financial stability. Inspired by their own experiences working in Zimbabwe’s agriculture industry, the team behind Farmhunt decided to revolutionize the system by creating a digital marketplace that connects farmers directly to buyers who pay fair prices. Their hope is that by directly matching producers with individual consumers, Farmhut can help reduce the number of post-harvest losses and increase income for farmers.
With their idea in hand, they decided to compete for the Hult Prize. During the OnCampus Program and Regional Summits, the team launched their digital platform whichprovided information and networking to small farmers across Zimbabwe. For the farmers, the platform serves as a single location where they can find farming advice and a market to sell their goods. For consumers, the website provided a convenient way to order fresh produce delivered directly to their door for fair prices.
Initially spread out across different regions, the team struggled to remain unified, which was further compounded when they were priced out of their office space. Nevertheless, they remained committed to growing their platform and successfully made it to the Hult Prize Global Finals. With their $100,000 grant, Farmhut hopes to expand their business operations to improve the agriculture industry within other countries in Africa.