Announcement

Nairobi, Kenya (February 20, 2019) – Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA) has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019.

The list honors the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s volatile world. Half of the companies on this year’s MIC 50 list are appearing for the first time.

“It is an honour for Farm to Market Alliance to be placed among Africa’s top ten most innovative companies”, said FtMA’s Chief Operating Officer, Shanoo Saran. “This recognition of our work in agricultural markets and technology development drives us to explore more collaborations and test more cutting-edge solutions to create a sustainable and profitable agricultural ecosystem for smallholder farmers in Africa.”

FtMA breaks the silos that have traditionally prevented smallholder farmers to overcome the market barriers that they face on a daily basis. The alliance supports farmers in successfully running their businesses by bringing together private and public-sector actors. FtMA’s PATH* solution – and facilitated by digital – ensures that farmers can confidently plan, grow, store and sell their crops and become reliable market players in their interactions with buyers, financial institutions and input and equipment suppliers.

“FtMA is a transformative collaboration where the partners support smallholder farmers in becoming small scale entrepreneurs. The uniqueness is the amalgamation of FtMA members’ expertise, market presence and resources which enables us to develop an ecosystem where farmers can improve their productivity and increase their income,” said Arne Cartridge, Yara International’s Special Advisor and Chair of FtMA’s Steering Committee. “We are working side by side towards one goal – making markets work better for farmers.”

This year, Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out groundbreaking businesses across 35 industries and every region. They also judged nominations received through their application process.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.

“Established players are showing the same kind of nimbleness that we’ve generally associated with startups,” said Fast Company deputy editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with senior editor Amy Farley.

*PATH has been developed by FtMA to provide farmers with access to (p)redictable markets, (a)ffordable finance, (t)echnologies and quality inputs and (h)andling and storage equipment.

Farm to Market Alliance was listed as 5th most innovative company in the 2019 Africa category. Follow this link to see the full list for Africa: https://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2019/sectors/africa

ABOUT FARM TO MARKET ALLIANCE

In 2015, a consortium of public and private organizations with complementing business areas came together to work systematically together for a common goal: to make food crop markets work better for farmers by linking them to local and regional markets. Current members of the Farm to Market Alliance are Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Bayer, Rabobank, Syngenta, UN World Food Programme and Yara. Through this partnership, FtMA has successfully engaged over 140,000 farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia and generated US$25 million in crop purchases by commercial buyers.

ABOUT FAST COMPANY

Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies and thinkers on the future of business. Since 2011, Fast Company has received some of the most prestigious editorial and design accolades, including the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) National Magazine Award for “Magazine Of The Year,” Adweek’s Hot List for “Hottest Business Publication,” and six gold medals and 10 silver medals from the Society of Publication Designers. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta and the publisher is Amanda Smith. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at www.fastcompany.com.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March-April 2019) is now available online at https://www.fastcompany.com/MIC, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning February 27th. The hashtag is #fcmostinnovative.