Francis Obirikorang / Ghana
Francis Obirikorang is the Co-Founder and CEO of AgroCenta, based in Accra, Ghana. AgroCenta was founded in 2016 with the aim of using technology to create an end-to-end solution for smallholder farmers in Ghana. AgroCenta provides a market linkage platform for smallholder farmers to sell directly to buyers, thereby eliminating exploitative buying from middlemen. It also provides access to an on-demand trucks and logistics service (Uber for trucks), as well as to market information, extension advisory services, and weather information to enable smallholder farmers to make informed decisions. In May 2017, AgroCenta won the Fincluders Startup Challenge organized by SANAD (Technical Assistance Facility), Oasis 500, and Finance in Motion in Amman, Jordan. AgroCenta is supported by partners such as the African Development Bank, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Greentec Capital, Frontier Business Solutions, and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana.