Vodacom’s Mezzanine secures contract with DALRRD to roll out COVID-19 relief fund vouchers to smallholder farmers in South Africa.

The programme, which kicked off in January, provides vouchering services to the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) in South Africa. It is part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Initiative, or PESI, which “aims to sustain and increase employment in the agricultural sector” by providing some 75 000 subsistence producers with farming […]

Kenyan farmers access government subsidy through Mezzanine solution

First published on mezzanineware.com on 23 October 2019 Stephen Kinuthia, the managing executive for small-holder agriculture at Mezzanine, spoke to Kenya’s Metropol TV on 21 October 2020 about our eVouchering solution and how it is helping small-holder farmers access cheaper, quality inputs in the country. Working with the Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya, Mezzanine’s eVouchering […]

How you’ll buy cheaper farm inputs using e-voucher

First published by nation.africa on Saturday, 12 September 2020. Over the years, the procurement of government subsidised farm inputs that include fertiliser has been riddled with corruption, with the products ending up in the hands of undeserving farmers and traders. In the photo featured above, James Gitahi takes stock using a phone at his Tetu […]

Mezzanine enables Safaricom eVouchering contract with MoALF in Kenya

Press Release | First published on mezzanineware.com on 23 July 2020 Pretesting and training has begun on an eVouchering system for small holder farmers in Kirinyaga County in Kenya today. This marks the beginning of a two-year contract Safaricom has secured with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives (MoALF) in Kenya to provide […]

Smallholder farming in Africa and the opportunities for digital enablement

By Jacques de Vos – CEO, Mezzanine | First published by Vodafone on Friday, 26 June 2020. On the eve of the United Nations’ Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises day, the importance of SMEs has never been more critical to the economic and social fabric of African nations. The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought unprecedented damage […]

DigiFarm empowers Kenyan smallholder farmers with economic identities

First published on mezzanineware.com on 6 October 2019 A recent poll discovered that over 65% of South Africans would choose to farm their land if they were to be recipients of such land via a land redistribution program implemented by the South African government. This seems surprising because farming is hard. It’s an up-early, to-bed-late, […]

Credit from Safaricom’s farming app sows seeds of change in Kenya

First published in Business Daily on 15 June 2020 Rachel Bor’s neighbours chatted, laughed and shared milky tea from her tarnished kettle as they celebrated their most bountiful maize crop yet on her half-acre plot in Kenya’s Rift Valley. The secret behind the successful harvest was the credit they received to buy better quality seeds, […]