Landmapp BV, an Amsterdam, The Netherlands-based property rights company that enables smallholder farmers to document and protect their land holdings, received an investment of undisclosed amount.
Backers included Omidyar Network and existing investor HERi Africa.
The company intends to use the funds to grow its customer base in Ghana and to expand into other countries following this rollout.
Established in 2015 by Simon Ulvund and Thomas Vaassen, Landmapp offers a mobile platform that provides smallholder farmer families with documentation of their land. Landmapp has a field-based team of surveyors who use handheld GPS devices to map each farmer’s plot. The team verifies the farmer’s identify, validates the land claim with neighbours, submits the claim to the authorities for legalization and delivers a final land certificate to the farmer. Already, the company has sold more than 2,000 documents to smallholder cocoa farmers in Ghana.