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Growing up in a farming community in Ghana, cofounder Alloysius Attah saw firsthand the problems small-scale farmers face without access to timely information that could help boost their business. He cofounded Farmerline, a Ghanaian social enterprise aimed at improving the fortunes of farmers by bridging IT with agriculture. With his mobile messaging service, Attah empowers thousands of farmers with their daily weather reports, pest and disease forecasts, financial services, and market information in their local languages. The MergData platform educates farmers on standards, certification inspections, and guidelines relating to child labor, nature protection, and climate change. With partners in 11 African countries, they've reached 200,000 farmers and profiled 700,000 acres of farmland.

2018: Africa
headquarters: Accra, Ghana