Episode 42, Connecting 25000 small farmers to a wider market. Nasir Yammama, Founder at Verdant

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Nasir Yammama is the founder of Verdant, an agritech platform that aims at providing agricultural data science, market information, managerial support, and access to financial services to rural farmers for improved food production using mobile phones.

Verdant though a simple low-cost technology, is solving one of the biggest challenges and transforming Nigeria’s agriculture sector.

Verdant is working with Oxfam and GIZ to help 25,000 farmers double or triple their yields.

Nasir’s passion for Nigeria’s agricultural development has taken him to unexpected heights ? from being mentored by a world-renowned business tycoon, Sir Richard Branson, to landing on the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 lists.

In 2017, Nasir was recognized by The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme for his work in AgricTech.


In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Nasir’s background influenced his interest and decision to go into agriculture
  • Nasir started building his business prototype while he was in university.
  • Why didn’t the prototype work out? How did they solve this challenge?
  • As at the time of this interview, Verdant had 18,000 farmers on the platform. Learn how they got the farmers on the platform and the challenges
  • Why does Nasir think the banks are not in tune with farmers?
  • Why the pyramid of Kano disappeared and Nasir’s opinion on whether it should come back or not.
  • The validity of problem-solving and how it can propel your business forward.
  • What you need to do to get government intervention for your business
  • Nasir’s goals for Verdant and how he intends to achieve them.
  • And more

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