WeFarm is ‘The internet for people with no internet’

Posted by Jim on May 31, 2015  /   Posted in Blog

The Team

Kenny Ewan– CEO

Teresa Nekesa – Africa Programme Manager

Camilla Gordon – International Communities Manager

Amy Barthorpe – Business Development & Ops Manager

Arianna Valentini – Latin America Manager

Mickey Peicheva – Comms and Marketing


WeFarm is ‘The internet for people with no internet’ – a pioneering social enterprise, launching a peer to peer knowledge sharing platform for small-scale farmers in rural communities in Africa and Latin America. Providing a service to ask questions addressing anything from farming techniques to business ideas that can improve their lives. Access to relevant, useful information is one of the biggest challenge facing the 500 million small-scale farmers around the world. With WeFarm they can receive useful, peer-sourced answers from anywhere in the world, with the help of our team of volunteer translators, before being sent to other farmers all over the world, and its all available through any device, anywhere, even the most basic mobile phone.

The idea behind WeFarm was born in 2010 as an innovative communications platform to enable peer to peer knowledge sharing between this diverse group of producer partners around the world, who had a great deal of knowledge and ideas to share, but very limited access to tools that would enable this.

Developed, tested and piloted over 5 years as a project of the Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation (CPF), a UK-registered charity who works with smallholder tea, coffee and cocoa farmers and their organisations. A proof of the WeFarm concept was successfully achieved – real-time, multilingual knowledge sharing by  with farmers in 3 countries with no access to internet (we believe this was a world first!)

In the summer of 2014 we won the Google Impact challenge which has given us the start up funds to launch ‘WeFarm v1.0’ and start pushing towards scale. As the time of writing we have picked up over a 1000 users in just the first month of operations…and thats just the beginning!

If you would like to partner with us, or might be able to provide support in anyway, we’d love to hear from you! click here


WeFarm Non-Executive Directors:

Stephen Rockman – Founder, Merism Capital

Claire Rhodes – General Manager, Cafedirect Producers’ Foundation

Richard Hanson – Software Developer, Manifesto Digital

Cooper Renfro – Analyst, Social Finance

Caroline Bertin – Marketing Manager


WeFarm would like to thank the following organisations/agencies/people/listening ears for their partnership and support to help us get to where we are:

Nominet Trust

Innovations against Poverty


Wayra Unltd

Knight Foundation

Comic Relief



Pete & Jim


Conker Group


Jim Rhodes

Nat Hunter

Megan Riera (who designed our brilliant animation)

Nominet Trust 100 winner 2014 logo


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About Jim

James is a director with JCR Network Services Ltd, which provides sales, marketing and business development expertise to local SMEs in Ireland and the UK. Many businesses have developed their growth strategies through our focussed actions. We specialise in helping the agri-food , emerging technology, manufacturing and services sectors.

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