- Country: Nigeria
- Website http://www.hellotractor.com
- Award period: June 2016 - July 2018
A majority of Nigerian smallholder farmers, who make up more than 70 percent of the total farming population, do not have access to mechanization or technology that would make farming more efficient. Recognizing the need for consistent and sustainable mechanization services, Hello Tractor has designed a versatile Smart Tractor with eight attachments to serve farmers throughout the farm production cycle. Additionally, each tractor is fitted with a GPS antenna, local SIM card, hard drive, and telematics capabilities. These technologies enable Hello Tractor to pair farmers in need of services with a Smart Tractor owner nearby via SMS, and allows small landowners access to affordable tractor services to increase their productivity, while Smart Tractor owners are given the opportunity to earn additional income with their machine.
Outcome: 24,500 smallholder farmers will newly access tractor services; 100 youth entrepreneurs will be trained on the business of owning, maintaining, utilizing, and promoting services for a fleet of Smart Tractors; 15 youth technicians will be trained to repair Smart Tractors to allow tractor owners access to timely maintenance.