Omidyar Network and HERi Africa are backing Dutch-based LandMapp to help smallholder farmers secure deeds to their lands.
Many of the more than 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide do not have documentation of their land ownership.
That makes it nearly impossible for them to get loans to invest in their farms to boost productivity and income growth.
LandMapp, founded by two Amsterdam-based entrepreneurs, uses GPS data to map farmers’ plots and captures an oral history of land ownership and confirms farmers’ identities in order to seek certification of land deeds from local authorities.
Since launching in 2015, more than 2,000 Ghanaian farmers have paid for LandMapp’s service.
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