At the just concluded ICT for Agriculture conference in Rwanda, Uganda won 5,000Euros as prize money for best agri-solution using technology Ensibuuko.
Ensibuuko developed by a team of 4 people Richard Zulu the program manager of Outbox Uganda; was the mentor to the team won 3,000 euros, Gerald Otim, David Opio and Winnie Mbabazi. Outbox technology Innovation hub when Richard is expected to further provide mentoring and incubation support for the next six months to the Ensibuuko team.
According to the Observer, Opio said the Ensibuuko app provides the ultimate solution to smallholder farmers saving with SACCOs. It comes with rich products which enhance the power of a mobile and web technologies to help smallholder rural farmers in Uganda acquire and pay loans to (non) microfinance institutions easily, quickly and in an accessible way. It uses an automated mobile money and SMS (Short Message Service).
“We are working in 35 districts in Uganda. Most smallholder farmers are unbanked and lack creditworthiness…that is why they need and have embraced this product,” noted Gerald Otim, the business development manager.
The hackathon took three days with nine teams competing for the prize money from nine different hubs in the East African region. Among these were two from Uganda Ensibuuko from Outbox hub and Agripreneur from Hivecolab with a digital Platform to connect and harmonize key youth stakeholders along the agricultural value chain by Byamugisha Donald and Denis Izakare.
MAgric under Ice Addis from Ethiopia was voted second with and Agrinfo supported by BuniHub from Tanzania came third winning 4,000 euros and 3,000 euros respectively.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) organized the Agri-hack in close partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (Rwanda), the Ministry of Youth and ICT (Rwanda) and East African ICT hubs and labs.