Okuafo Foundation, a Ghanaian agritech startup has been awarded $600,000 for winning the food category of the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020.
The Prize, which was set up by the first president of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, acknowledges innovative and impactful solutions. The winners share from a pot prize of $3 million annually.
Founded by Mustapha Diyaol Haqq and Tina Appiah, Okuafo Foundation has developed a mobile app that uses machine learning and data analytics to diagnose crop diseases at early stages. The diagnosis is done even without internet connection so those in less-connected areas can still use this tech.
According to the Zayed Sustainability Prize, with the help of Okuafo Foundation’s app, about 30,000 farmers from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo have been able to reduce crop losses and improved harvest by 50%.
Co-founder of Okuafo Foundation, Haqq, appreciating the reward, said: “The winning prize fund will enable us to empower farmers, across Africa, with sustainable AI-powered solutions that will revolutionise the way they farm, store, and process their yields”.