In 2013, I had an idea to start a hyperlocal classifieds website. It was not a new idea or novel idea. It was just an idea.
I spoke to a couple of classmates and they said it will not be bad, and I dared to try. It was the best decision of my life. It was not incredibly successful, but the experience was the best teacher that a young boy could have hoped for. The only regret I had is that I wish I started earlier.
That singular decision has opened me to many experiences and many learnings. I worked tirelessly day and night, built some traction for this startup and made meaningful sales, and sold the startup because I was outworn by it. I knew the end was bleak because even if I had thought this idea was scalable in the beginning, I soon realized it will be harder than I imagined. Then I got my domain name back and this is when it got interesting.
I come from a family of farmers and I appreciate this very much. The farm paid for my education and privilege (if I have any). It gave me my first internship, my first job, and my first funding. It launched me into what ever path I have taken and will take. It has given me a lot and just as a farm gives harvest from what you sow, I am ready to sow a seed that will yield more harvest.
Every industry has a value chain, and I recognize that. It’s the principal idea behind the division of labor and as a smart fellow in any industry your recognition of how the cogs and wheels interact from a top down view is important to your assimilation of the growth levers that affect your business’ growth. In agriculture, the same thing is true. There’s the education itself (people must know what to do), the production (people must know how to plant and harvest), the sales (people must know how to sell agric products), the logistics and storage (people must know how to transport perishable agric goods to where they are needed), at al. All of these culminates into plate of food that lands on your table, but you don’t know all that went into it. There’s a popular saying in economics, “Not a single person on earth knows how to make a pencil.”
I don’t know everything about farming, but between myself and my sister who will be the main author of this blog, there’s about 16 years of farming experience with our main forte being in poultry. And we want to share all of what we know with young and newbie farmers that are just starting out. We want to be the most informative agric blog in Africa and you can expect to see tear downs of every agric related problem you might have. Expect real insights that no one will offer you for free.
So, welcome to the new pinforest. The best farm blog in Africa for new farmers.