Archived Webinar

Digital Ag Series - When Disruptive Agricultural Tech Start-ups are Disrupted

Can we turn the COVID-19 crisis into opportunities?

How is the World Bank promoting upcoming disruptive agricultural technologies (DATs) startups in Uganda? How are DATs contributing to World Bank projects and thus improving the outcomes of the agri-food system? Who are these startups? How are the DAT startups responding to COVID-19 in Uganda? This webinar tries to answer these questions using the case of Uganda’s Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP), working in collaboration with the DAT startups in Uganda. The webinar has a presentation by Famunera – an upcoming startup in Uganda discussing its business model catering to smallholder farmers. The founder of Famuera also discusses how the start-up has responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Famunera leverages mobile technology to efficiently source and deliver genuine quality affordable farm inputs, provide extension services, and create market linkages to smallholder farmers in Uganda.

The World Bank, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA-U) and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MoICT)  in Uganda organized the Disruptive Agricultural Technologies (DAT) Innovation challenge on November 19th, 2019 in Kampala, Uganda for selecting startups to work with Agriculture Cluster Development Project. Famunera was one of the top 12 finalists from the Challenge.

About the Presenters

Naika Julius

Founder at

Naika Julius is a Farmer, an Agronomist, and an Entrepreneur who started a manufacturing business on different detergents from University. He is a self-taught Software Developer from Udemy Online Coding School. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Finance partly from Victoria University, Kampala, and Cavendish University, Uganda. He leads the strategy to ensure the organization's alignment with the short-term and long-term objectives of the company.

Jeehye Kim

Agriculture Economist, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, World Bank

Jeehye Kim is an Agriculture Economist in the World Bank’s Agriculture and Food Global Practice. Her work includes advising World Bank clients on the use of digitally-enabled approaches to improve their agricultural projects in sustainable and scalable ways. She also builds relationships with industry leaders, executives, development partners, and stakeholders to advance disruptive and digital agricultural technology initiatives, in support of World Bank projects in client countries. Before joining the World Bank in 2011, Jeehye worked in the public sector in the Republic of Korea and the private sector in the United Kingdom. In the private sector, she consulted on high-tech and telecom issues as well as electronic commerce and e-government. Jeehye holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Glasgow.

Questions Submitted


- Jul 20, 2022

Mahaman Mourtala

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jose luis

- May 15, 2021
siempre el covid, siempre el covid, bueno y que no pare la agr4icultura


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- Jun 17, 2020
Quite interesting

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Jun 8, 2020
Great information

Mohammad Nadir

- Jun 4, 2020
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