Sokopepe is a social enterprise supporting the agricultural sector in Kenya by offering market information and farm records management services. Our approach is backed up by two services:
Farm Records Management Information System (FARMIS) is a farm management and diagnostic tool based on the use of farm records. It was developed for use by diverse stakeholders in the agriculture sector, aimed at identifying productivity trends, profitability of different farm enterprises and producing evidence for use in decision making at the farm, County and National levels.
Farmis is based on the simple idea that with farm records, a farmer or other stakeholders can have access to various reports which highlight husbandry practices, market trends, weather conditions and on-farm challenges. It can be used in risk assessment, insurance, extension and access to finance. Due to the ability to aggregate the reports and analyses, one can also carry out bulk marketing of farmers' produce. These reports include production reports (yield, disaggregated by crop, identification of profitable lines etc), market reports (farm gate price, lorry price and others for comparative analysis) and profit and loss accounts, which can be used as evidence for decision making.
This is a digital commodity trading and information system, linking small scale farmers to end retailers/bulk purchasers of produce. SOKO+ provides commodity prices from major markets around the areas of operation and beyond, e-extension services and a listing of various technical and logistical support providers.
SOKO+ is designed to address transactions and extension needs along the entire value chain - from farm inputs to the buyer of the final products - thus enhancing the space of the farmer, by-passing the numerous brokers between the farmer and end consumer. The net effect is that farmers can reduce their transaction costs, and through commodity aggregation they can have more power for negotiation for better prices, bulk discounting of inputs and further reach into desirable markets.