Member - Climate Edge

Climate Edge is developing the world's first digital marketplace to deliver agricultural services to smallholder farmers

Type Startup or self-employed
Founded 2015
Company Size 5
Member Type
innovator
Founders James Alden & Paul Baranowski
Headquarters London WC2R 0RN, UK
Social network
Climate Edge

About

Currently, only 10% of the smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa receive any form of value-adding service. These services, ranging from simple farm management advice, to complex products such as access to loans or insurance, all help to increase the profitability of farming and gradually lift farmers out of poverty. Our mission at Climate Edge is to vastly increase the number of farmers who have access to such services, and to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers across the globe. To do this, we need to tackle the root of the problem. Delivering services to smallholder farmers is expensive, and expected returns are low. Climate Edge is developing a digital marketplace that facilitates the delivery of 3rd party services to our independent network of farmers. By acting solely as the service facilitator, we are able to spread our costs across all the services and farmers on our platform. This can reduce the cost of delivery from £130 per farmer, to just £2 per farmer, making service business models viable in this market. There are 500 million smallholder farmers globally who require access to value-adding services. 200 million of these farmers have access to a mobile phone, and are therefore able to receive services remotely. We already have two early corporate adopters with Unilever tea and Nespresso. Both are using our platform to deliver agronomic services to the smallholder farmers in their respective value chains, to increase the quality and consistency of supply in the face of climate change, and an already strained supply chain. We also have 4 services that are being facilitated through our platform, and have been growing our independent network of farmers consistently at 25% month on month, to a total of 33,000 farmers as of today. Our next step is to complete the development of our platform's SMS payment gateway, which will allow us to begin accepting payments directly from farmers. Then it is a matter of scale. Please support us in in changing the world for the better, one farmer at a time!
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Headquarters London WC2R 0RN, UK

SDG’s of application

The Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity everywhere.
SDG 6
Clean water and sanitation
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Affordable and clean energy
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SDG 9
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
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SDG 11
Sustainable cities and communities
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SDG 12
Responsible consumption and production
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