Hello Tractor

In sub-Saharan Africa, the average farmer plants crops 30 days late, which has a huge impact on yield. Using Progress Kinvey, Hello Tractor created an innovative mobile app that helped farmers get access to the tools they need to plant on time.

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Challenge

Hello Tractor wanted to create a mobile app that would help increase food production in sub-Saharan Africa, but didn't have the resources to build it quickly.

Solution

Kinvey provided Hello Tractor with everything the company needed to not only build the app as envisioned but also accelerate delivery.

Result

With Kinvey, Hello Tractor could build the app in just 2.5 months. By providing farmers with greater access to tractors, this app is helping farmers throughout the region combat food insecurity.

Story

Challenge

In sub-Saharan Africa, the average farmer plants their crops 30 days late. With as much as 1.5% of their yield lost for every day late, farmers in the region are often facing an uphill battle from the moment their crops are planted.

Jehiel Oliver, CEO and founder of Hello Tractor, wanted to change that. Tractors are an integral part of sub-Saharan agriculture, helping farmers finish jobs in hours instead of weeks. Unfortunately, tractors are also a very costly resource. To address tractor availability, Oliver came up with Hello Tractor: an application that matches farmers looking for tractors with tractor owners looking for work.

The Hello Tractor team was able to quickly push out a web application, but mobile was the ideal platform for the app. However, as an early stage company, Hello Tractor didn’t have the resources required to build a mobile app—especially on the accelerated timeline the company was trying to hit.

Solution

The design for the Hello Tractor app was complex, as it had to support a wide range of tools and technologies to make the necessary connections between farmers and tractor owners. As a high productivity app development platform, Progress® Kinvey™ provided Hello Tractor with everything the company needed out of the box to not only build the app as envisioned but also accelerate delivery.

“Kinvey has been completely transformative for us,” Oliver said. “With Kinvey, we were able to put out an Android application in no time. We didn’t have to worry about the backend at all, Kinvey allowed us to focus on frontend development without worrying about the core features.”

The mobile app was rolled out first in Nigeria, but the company has since expanded to Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal and Mozambique. Each new release required some minor adjustments and also enabled Hello Tractor to continually update and improve the application in unique ways—for example, adding new language options.

Result

Using the Kinvey platform, Hello Tractor was able to get its innovative tractor sharing app to market in just 2.5 months. With Hello Tractor, tractor owners have much higher visibility into the location of their tractors and what they’re being used for, offering greatly increased security.

Since first deciding to sell the technology standalone, Hello Tractor has captured 75% of the Nigerian tractor market and has a major foothold in Kenya and Ghana as well. To date, the largest Hello Tractor account is worth over $6 million—without Kinvey, Hello Tractor may not have made it to market on time with the technology to capture this business.

Moving forward, Hello Tractor plans on further enhancing the app with new features. Just recently, the app introduced weather forecasting, which enables farmers to schedule their rentals more effectively and minimize downtime due to inclement conditions.

“If we can get our technology onto as many tractors in sub-Saharan Africa as possible, we can confront food insecurity in that region and improve the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people—and that backend work is now being powered by Kinvey,” Oliver said.
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