What is AgriShare? Some people may consider it the Uber of Agriculture but think of it as a bridge constructed to close an information gap that was existing between farmers who wanted to hire agricultural mechanized equipment and those offering the services. The Problem that was identified is that small scale farmers in Zimbabwe (and in Africa at large) have no access to agricultural machinery. Without access to this machinery the productivity of those farmers will remain low and therefore their income is not increasing due to lack of sustainability. This is a vicious cycle which is difficult to unloop.
There are possibilities to rent out equipment in Zimbabwe, however the equipment owner often takes advantage of the situation of the farmers. Therefore, farmers are often confronted with; translucent prices, information asymmetry and trust issues on both sides i.e. the equipment owner and the one hiring (often people pay in advance for a service that they never receive)
Aiming at addressing the Problems faced by farmers with hiring services in Zimbabwe (and Africa at large), Welthungerhilfe (WHH) developed AgriShare – a platform that connects farmers to equipment through a mobile App. Right now as we enter the 2019-20 farming season, Think of a farmer deep in the heart of Gokwe looking for tillage services but has no idea where to get a tractor. All they simply have to do is download the AgriShare application on google playstore https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.agrishare and follow the tips to register. Once successfully registered you can now access the various tractors available in your geolocation. You give details of the hectares that need tilling, date and location. It then calculates the amount required for the service using prevailing standard rates. This is life made simple for both parties, the seeker and the person offering. The good thing is the seeker has an array of options to choose from depending on their budget. AgriShare gives you access to tractors, transportation and processing equipment at the comfort of your home.
For those offering equipment for hire, you simply register and upload your equipment and enter the rates you are charging for your service. When that is done whoever is seeking the services you are offering can find you on AgriShare.
In summary AgriShare Offers:
The opportunity to book agricultural machinery like tractors, lorries and processors
An overview on the machinery that is available for hire in a certain Region
Transparent prices, that include the entire process until the service is concluded (e.g. distances charges included)
Wireless payments (through a mobile money transfers)
A 2-tier payment system that Guarantees the payments and reimbursements in case of non-compliance by service provider
The option to hire for a friend or a group in case someone does not own a smartphone and requires a service
Sends SMS notification in case people are currently not online (on a data package)