Updated May 20, 2020

Nicolas Demeilliers

Send Message

Mobile Technologies for Smallholder Farmers

Esoko MX’s mission is to transform agricultural value chains in Mexico through powerful ICT to improve farmers’ quality of life.Esoko is a media and contact center for the agriculture sector, which connects farmers - through their mobile phone - with all the key players in the agriculture value chain. Farmers have access to market information and knowledge allowing them to improve their prod...

SEE ALL

Esoko MX’s mission is to transform agricultural value chains in Mexico through powerful ICT to improve farmers’ quality of life.Esoko is a media and contact center for the agriculture sector, which connects farmers - through their mobile phone - with all the key players in the agriculture value chain. Farmers have access to market information and knowledge allowing them to improve their productivity, obtain optimal sale prices, increase their incomes and ultimately escape poverty.


How does your innovation work?
Esoko is an information and communication platform for the agriculture, fishing and livestock sectors, using internet and mobile technologies along with a call center to connect smallholder farmers/fishermen (the “farmers” in this document) with all the key players in the agriculture value chain and providing high quality information Farmers have access to market information (price, bids and offers) and knowledge (weather information, agricultural best practices) allowing them to improve their productivity, reach optimal sale prices, increase their incomes and ultimately escape poverty. Esoko’s platform allows:
  • NGOs and governments - To empower farmers through the access to information, and to capture and monitor information from the field to better meet the needs of producers and people living in rural areas
  • Input and tech dealers - to market their products more efficiently
  • Buyers of agri products (exporters, traders, agroindustrial companies) - to improve their supply chain, reduce risks and improve products quality
SEE LESS

Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Esoko México was co-founded by Connovo, social business builders, and José Luis Amaya and is currently operated by Nicolas Demeilliers, CEO of Connovo and José Luis Amaya. Esoko México is currently providing information to close to 5,000 farmers and fishermen through CIMMYT and the Environmental Defense Fund Esoko México is currently raising a seed financing round of MXP$5 million to finance its development in Mexico.
Esoko Mexico is working with two large NGO: CIMMYT and the Environmental Defense Fund. We are sending information to close to 5000 farmers and fishermen. The type of information sent includes agri tips, weather and market price alerts, events reminders etc.
Esoko is a proven model
  • The company has activities in 15 countries in Africa with over 350,000 users
  • The impact of Esoko was proven by an assessment performed by the New York University. Esoko empowers farmers and enables them to increase their revenue by an average of 9%
Registered in Ghanain Ghana

Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Digital Finance, Communications and Media and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Agriculture, Digital Finance, Communications and Media, Digital Development, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity and Public-Private PartnershipsSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Mexico, Mozambique, Senegal and 9 MoreSEE ALL

Mexico, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi, Madagascar, Nigeria, Benin and KenyaSEE LESS

12
Countries Implemented In
$150,000
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
?

Planned Goals and Milestones

We are currently implementing a B2B, B2NGO and B2G strategy. We focus on clients who have direct relationships with farmers such as:
  • Organizations and government agencies seeking to improve farmers’ quality of life
    • Government: SAGARPA, CONACYT, SEDESOL
    • State governments
    • NGOs and foundations (eg. CIMMYT, Environmental Defense Fund, Fundación Produce, etc.)
    • Development agencies (eg. USAID, FAO, UNICEF, GIZ, Más Agro etc.)
  • Farmers associations seeking to provide new services to their members:
    • Unions, Chambers, National Committees etc. Currently there are over 150 of them in Mexico
  • Agribusinesses looking to promote their products / services:
    • Suppliers of agricultural inputs (seeds, machinery, fertilizers)
    • Rural banks (eg. Root Capital, El Buen Socio, among others.)
  • Exporters and packaging companies looking to improve their supply chain. There are more than 1,500 in Mexico.
  • Large agro-industrial companies seeking to improve their supply of agricultural products and their logistics arrangements when dealing directly with farmers:

We are about to recruit a Content Manager to develop exclusive content to improve farmers' productivity and increase their income. The Content Manager will be in charge of creating and managing this content such as agricultural recommendations in particular.
Funding Goal450,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted5,000

Milestone

Date Unknown
Created
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Mozambique
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Mexico
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Malawi