Mildred Awuor Tieno was among the top 25 innovators in the East Africa Postharvest Technology Competition 2017.
Technology : Meza Shamba
Meza Shamba is an online application solution that uses USSD and web-based application solution to provide logistics services. East African farmers are given a platform to access clients (restaurants) for best prices. Meza Shamba takes care of the postharvest transport challenges by providing transportation link between farmers and their clients (restaurants). Meza Shamba is designed to connect farmers with ready markets. Through the technology, farmers are encouraged to upload the product details in terms of weight and the type of product they are planning to sell. The details are then used to get the right client for the product.
Impact : Developed in 2016, we have so far been able to reach out to 6 restaurants within Kenya who have shown interest in using Meza Shamba. We are using the 6 restaurants as a market research and case study pool, utilizing their experience in using the current food distribution system. Meza Shamba is different from existing online market places because our services are specialized and we create a direct link between farmers and restaurants.