Our Young Entrepreneurs

The Young Entrepreneur Challenge Fund has been set up to support young dynamic people who want to create a business involving disseminating agricultural videos to help farmers and rural businesses, to make agriculture more attractive to youth and reach more women in rural communities. The solar-powered smart projector kit they receive has the Access Agricultural videos in local languages, enabling them to have an impact at scale in the rural areas they serve. Here, meet our challenge fund winners – true Entrepreneurs for Rural Access

Benin

Abdoul-Wahab ADJIBI FATAOU
With Fréjus as a team member is Abdoul-Wahab ADJIBI FATAOU. He is thirty-two years old and has a Master’s degree in Project Management and Monitoring. Abdoul-Wahab is a GIZ ProCIVA Business Coach and has been working with young entrepreneurs for a number of years.
Clémence ASSONGBA
is from Benin Republic. She is 29 years old and holds a Master’s degree in Agriculture majoring in Management of Natural Resources. She has 7 years working experience with farmers mostly with garden farmers who use chemical fertilisers which is a dominant practice in Benin rural areas. However, thanks to many projects, she has facilitated training farmers on many concepts regarding the use of organic fertilisers and nutrition. Clémence is passionate about agriculture and specifically about natural resource management and preservation. What motivated her to apply for being an ERA was to use the smart projector to build farmers’ capacity and develop a business out of this.
Fréjus M. Boris GLONI
is 28 years old. He holds a Master’s degree in Agriculture with Sociology. Fréjus is a GIZ certified expert in agricultural value chain analysis and rural land use. He is a regional representative of the AlimenTerre Benin Network. Fréjus has over six years of working experience in rural development and is passionate about sustainable agriculture and respecting the environment. Currently, Fréjus is the Executive Director of ‘Homme Développement’ ONG. His ambition is to contribution effectively to food security and agriculture revolution in his beloved Benin.
Gloria Sandrine da MATHA SANT’ANNA
is twenty- three (23) years old and holds a Master’s Degree in Food Process Bioengineering. She is a Member of the Ashoka Sahel Changemakers network, and an agronomist who wants to improve the livelihoods of women. Her vision is to contribute to a world where responsible agriculture is a reliable and viable source of food and income. Gloria is co-leading with a team the startup AgriPreciz which aims to provide to agricultural actors the knowledge and means to be agents of change to solve hunger and poverty issues in Africa, particularly in Benin, through responsible and sustainable agriculture.
Gouroubera W. Mori
holds a Master's degree in agroeconomics from the University of Parakou, Benin. He worked for 5 years in two Non-Governmental Organisations (DEDRAS-ONG and CANAL DEVELOPPEMENT) in the field of extension and agricultural advice in Benin. He is currently a member of ISADA-Consulting (ICTs for Sustainable Agricultural Development) in Africa which aims to use new information and communication technologies, such as agricultural training videos, to revolutionise agriculture in Africa.
Hilaire KODJO
Working with Clémence as a team member is Hilaire KODJO. He is 30 years old and also from Benin Republic. Hilaire has a BSc in aquaculture and three years working experience with a local NGO called CEBEDES Xudodo. During these three years, he has worked with garden farmers by building their capacity to improve their production techniques by using organic fertilisers. Hilaire is passionate about agriculture and his long term ambition is to become a big agricultural entrepreneur.
Iyabo Angélique GNONLONSA
Another member of the team is Iyabo Angélique GNONLONSA. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agro-food process Bioengineering and has one year of working experience in agricultural extension thanks to PPAAO and PADA projects. She is vice president of a gardening cooperative in her district (Cove) and the manager of Agro Fenix enterprise which produces and processes garden products. Her ambition is to a pioneer in garden products production by using organic fertiliser in the Zou region and provide technical knowledge to garden farmers.
Jonathan BALLEY
The second member of the AgriPreciz team is Jonathan BALLEY. He is twenty- nine years old, graduated in Project Management and is passionate about community development. Jonathan is a member of the African Forest Forum and co-leads AgriPreciz with Gloria. His ambition is to contribute to food security in Africa, particularly in Benin.
Koubalo Ulrich AKATE
The third member of the team is Koubalo Ulrich AKATE. He is twenty two years old, and from Togo. Like the other members of his team he has a Bachelor’s degree in Agro-food process Bioengineering. He has two years of working experience including in quality and control management systems in BB Togo SA brewery and also at IMDID-TOGO NGO.
Mahutondji Cédric AGBESSI
is a young agripreneur from Benin Republic. He is twenty-five years old and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agro-food process Bioengineering. He has three years working experience as an agricultural extension agent and is the owner of Agro Fenix enterprise and general secretary of a farmers’ cooperative in his district (Cove). Mahutondji is one of the founders of a journal call” PLUME VERTE DE L'UNA”. His ambition is to be an inspiring agricultural entrepreneur who contributes to the development of his community through support and technical assistance.
Nabahani AYOA-SANNI TASFAOU
The fourth team member is Nabahani AYOA-SANNI TASFAOU, He is twenty- five years old and has a degree in Tropical Agricultural Studies specialising in garden products production. For one year he has been working at Homme Développement NGO with the garden farmers association. Nabahani also has his own farm so he can practise what he tells others!
Rachidatou OROU TOURA
The third team member is Rachidatou OROU TOURA. She is 26 years old and has a B.Sc. in Geography. Rachidatou is a community animator at Homme Développement NGO. She has been involved in farmer training on organic fertiliser production and in sensitising farmers on the importance of using organic fertilisers.
Tinos Noé ANAGO
The third member of this team is Tinos Noé ANAGO. He is twenty- two years old and holds a B.Sc. in Software Engineering. He is passionate about artificial intelligence. After immersion experiences as a computer engineer at the National Institute of Agricultural Research in Benin, he joined the team of AgriPreciz in order to participate in supporting agricultural projects with an emphasis on technological innovation. His ambition is to contribute to the technological development of Africa through solutions based on computer technologies for various sectors including agriculture, in order to help meet the challenge of food security.

India

Kumar Neeraj
‘Revolution will be planted!’ The organisation was co-founded by Kumar Neeraj in 2017 with the idea of transforming the prevailing unprofitable agricultural system in his village Durdih from monoculture farming to ecological agroforestry where diversification of crops is welcomed. From his childhood, he has been passionate about rural life which he finds to be more sustainable and inclusive, close to natural environment. He realised that now his village is not self-sustainable any more. The people are migrating to cities and the new generation is not interested in farming in spite of having all basic resources. So, after his study, he founded Khetee at his own village which conducts community development projects focusing primarily on agroforestry.

Kenya

Elphas Elkanah Masanga
holds a diploma in Agriculture and Biotechnology from Bukura Agricultural College and has participatory certificates for courses on permaculture, bio-fertilisers and bio-dynamic Agriculture. He has worked with Seed Saver’s Network as an Agricultural Extension Officer. Currently, he is a farmer trainer in biodiversity conservation at Slow Food Kenya at the same time he is the coordinator for Slow Food Youth Network in Kenya and a communication person for the same network in Africa. Elphas is also a Green Ambassador for Climate in Africa Programme at Climate Change Africa Opportunities (CCAO) in addition to being a country representative for the Association of Social Media Professional (ASMP). Elphas is a true environmental activist and coordinates several community clean-up and tree planting activities in Kenya. He recently campaigned to stop littering roads by walking 70Kms of the Nakuru-Nairobi highway to create awareness of the problem. He plans to use the smart projector to facilitate his field training activities at Slow Food especially in rural areas that have limited access to electricity and internet.
Maureen Njeri Maina
holds a diploma in Bio-intensive Agriculture from Manor House Agriculture Center (MHAC), Kitale in Kenya. She is currently working as a field trainer at Schools and Colleges Permaculture (SCOPE) Kenya, which empowers young people to transform degraded school lands into food forests through agro-ecology and permaculture practices. She also teaches life skills to children, particularly those with special needs. Maureen is passionate about organic agriculture and always aims at being an agent of change in her community. She has also worked with Grow Bio-intensive Agriculture Centre Kenya as a field staff and seed bank manager. Maureen sees the smart projector as a way to visually show children the practices that she previously had been teaching them using just papers. She also plans to invite young farmers and women in the surrounding communities to view the Access Agriculture farmer-to-farmer training videos installed on the smart projector.
Christopher Mwazighe
holds a diploma in IT and has taken courses on Business and Design, Data Analysis and Management, Civic Leadership, Smart Farming and Organic Farming. He is completing a Diploma in Project Management from Coast Institute of Technology (CIT). He has a hands-on experience in organic farming as well as field experience. Currently, he is the founder and project manager at Inua-biz Kenya, a community-based organisation that trains youth to start-up and manage enterprises. He is a lead representative for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in Taita, Taveta County. Christopher plans to use the smart projector to facilitate field training activities for Inua-biz Kenya especially in rural areas that have limited access to electricity and internet, and address challenges related to environment, food security and modern farming techniques in his community.
Sylvia Wangui Njonjo
holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce - Human Resource from Kenyatta University. She is currently working as an administrator and field officer at Community Sustainable Agriculture and Healthy Environmental Program (CSHEP) Kenya. CSHEP empowers youth, women, children and indigenous people on the benefits of agroecology. She plans to use the smart projector as a visual learning tool to showcase agroecological practices in her rural community and during her field work activities at CSHEP.

Mali

Aboubacar Sidiki DEMBELE
is 25 years old and holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree and a Bachelor’s in International Trade. He is currently an officer in charge of exterior relationship for JSM association (Jeunes Startups Maliens), that aims to promote youth entrepreneurship in Mali. Before co-founding this association, Aboubacar had worked as a humanitarian agent with Caritas in Oron, Algeria. This experience motivated him to start up JSM association. His ambition is to help the association become one of best enterprises in Mali that builds capacity among farmers and young entrepreneurs.
Aliou Aboubacrine Maïga
is a young Malian passionate about agriculture. He has a Master’s degree in geography but has built his knowledge on agriculture through various trainings that led him to Burkina-Faso and Cassamance (Senegal). He wants to establish his farm in Moti region and develop a business model with farmer’s organisations by training them on organic agriculture using videos. Aliou’s ambition is to have in Moti region an organic agriculture centre where farmers can be trained.
Alpha Mahamoud Traore
is 26 years old and from Mali. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. After various internships, Mahamoud has decided to set up his own enterprise in order to provide services to Malian farmers. Passionate about agriculture, Mahamoud’s ambition is to contribute to food security in Mali by building farmers capacity. He sees video as a great way to do this.
Alphamoye ASKOFARE
is a 29-year-old young entrepreneur and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Control Audit. He is founder and manager of AI TATA FERME SARLU enterprise set up in 2016. Alphamoye had worked at a bank for 1 year before heading toward his passion - agriculture. After being trained on food processing in China, he set up his own enterprise which aims to produce and sell agricultural products (poultry, dairy and garden products). Alphamoye’s ambition is to have one of the biggest agricultural enterprises in Mali and to contribute effectively to food security in this country.
Amadou Sékou Nimaga
is a young entrepreneur from Mali. He is the founder and CEO of an enterprise called Africa Connecting. After creating this enterprise in 2013, he went on to launch in 2014 a distribution network for organic products. This initiative aims to identify and provide organic food to households in Bamako. In 2016, Africa Connecting was chosen as a Green Innovation Center Partner in order to help build the capacity of Malian farmers. In 2018, he set up a hydroponic agriculture system to train young Malians on a system which he thinks can excite young entrepreneurs. Amadou’s ambition is to contribute to the transformation of Malian agriculture from household agriculture to agribusiness and sees video as an integral part of that strategy.
Fainke Ladji
is a young agricultural engineer who after his graduation worked for Tambaroua farming enterprise. There he was responsible for training students in the Sakolar centre and supervising the agricultural activities of the enterprise. Currently, Fainke is the founder and the manager of Koolfarmer. Koolfarmer is a start-up which has developed an innovative web platform for the sale of vegetables and fruit. It also provides services to farmers by building their capacity through training and facilitating access to seed and organic fertilisers. Fainke’s ambition is to build farmers’ resilience and enhancing their livelihoods.
Mamadou DIARRA
Aged of 25, Mamadou DIARRA is cofounder of an enterprise called Expert Elevage Consulting (EEC SARL). Mamadou obtained his degree in zootechnics and worked as a development community agent for more than 2 years with ICD NGO (Initiative Conseil Development). Mamadou has also worked as a consultant for the United Nation’s Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) where he trained shepherds in breeding techniques. Mamadou is passionate about agriculture, mostly livestock, and his ambition is to contribute to the development of the breeding sector in Mali and also to food security.
Mamadou Sylla
is a young man from Mali who holds a Master’s degree in Science of Education. Mamadou is a service provider to farmers. He builds farmers’ capacity and facilitates access to agricultural inputs, tractor services and markets. He is passionate about the rural world and he wants to promotion organic agriculture throughout Mali.
Mathias KEITA
is a young agripreneur from Mali. Having no background in agriculture but passionate about it, he decided to further his knowledge in this sector by attending agricultural training centers in Kayes in the west of Mali. He has been trained on agricultural entrepreneurship at CFAPK (Centre de Formation Agro-Pastorale de Kayes) and at Songhai Center. He is a founder of Elohim Agro-Business enterprise which specialises in horticultural products, and his ambition is to service Kayes’ demand for these products as well as export to other regions.
Rokiatou TRAORE
is a young Malian entrepreneur, 29 years old, who holds an MBA in Organisation Management. She is a Co-founder and CEO of Herou Alliance Sarl enterprise. This company, which employs 5 people, aims chiefly at promoting and trading organic moringa products through an inclusive value chain that integrates women and young farmers in Mali. The enterprise has developed a business model which provides technical assistance to its target audience and transforms them into suppliers of organic moringa products. The technical assistance is not only for moringa, but for other cereal crops as well. The enterprise has been working with 80 youth and woman farmers in Baguineda zone, where a nursery has been set up of 5,100 moringa plants. Roakitou’s ambition is not only to possess at least one million plants of moringa by 2025, but to develop other activities alongside through video trainings. Thanks to her initiatives, the company has been a winner of several programs such as West African Program of Climate Leadership for Women, One planet fellowship, African Innovation Fellowship, Young African Leadership Initiative, Young Innovation Lab and Women Act West Africa. Rokiatou’s leadership has resulted in her being nominated as a Green Ambassador for Climate in Africa.
Samuel Guindo
is a young entrepreneur from Mali. He holds a master degree in Agriculture and another in Agricultural Policy and rural economy. He is a cofounder and the CEO of AMENENA enterprise. Samuel had 14 years working with many international NGOs (ICRISAT, Action Contre la Faim, Oxfam GB, Caritas, Fondation Syngenta). In 2019 he cofounded his enterprise. The main objectives of which is to build farmers ‘capacity, facilitate their access to agricultural inputs and training videos. The enterprise employs 4 people and its website is www.amanema.com

Senegal

Aliou SOW
is a young entrepreneur who holds a Master’s degree in literature but has been trained in agricultural entrepreneurship thanks to MIJA1/FAO and Africa Network for agricultural entrepreneurship promotion (RAPEA). Aliou is a founder of RayetAgri enterprise. The organisation’s objective is to produce horticultural products and build farmers capacity in Senegal, particularly in Louga region, this will now be enhanced through using the smart projector. Aliou’s ambition is to develop his enterprise RayetAgri and make it known across Senegal as a model of success.
Mamadou SOW
is 28 years old and holds a Master’s degree in Agroforestry. He is currently a doctorate student but also the founder of Or-Durable enterprise. This organisation has a team of 7 people and aims not only to produce and sell compost to farmers but also to build their capacity. It was the promotion of organic agriculture using organic fertiliser that led Mamadou to create his enterprise. His ambition is to make his enterprise one of the key players in Senegal for compost production.
Marie Angélique FAYE
is 22 years old and comes from a farming family. As a child she used to work in the family farm with her grandmother. From the age of 13 she started her own poultry enterprise. This environment whetted her appetite for agriculture. After her scientific baccalaureate she joined Aix Marseille University Institute of Technology in France to study agriculture. In 2019 she began studies at Montpellier SupAgro for an agriculture engineering degree which she will finish in 2022, with agrifood as her major subject. Being an entrepreneur from childhood, while at the Institute of Technology, Marie set up an enterprise called AFRICAGRICULTURE. This enterprise based in Senegal aims to build the capacity of farmers and agripreneurs in agrifood. She is co-managing the enterprise with her colleague Octave Emmanuel FAYE in Senegal and together they will be making good use of the smart projector for training. Her ambition is to own a well-known company in Senegal that helps millions of people out of poverty (mostly women and youth) by assisting them both technically (capacity-building) and financially.
Pape Tolibouya FALL
is 29 and a young entrepreneur. He has a Professional Aptitude Certificate (Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnelle) in horticulture and currently is responsible for training at Waidemha company de Louga. The company operates in many fields of which the most important are horticulture and the environment. The smart projector will help to improve the quality of training they can offer. Before joining Waidemha company, Pape Tolibouya worked with a number of enterprises including SCL (Société de Culture Légumière), SEEN FRAISE enterprise and TAARU ASKAN society. His ambition is to have one of biggest companies in horticulture in Senegal.

Tanzania

Asheri Stephen Lemelo
attended several short courses and seminars on agriculture. He has had diverse experiences in multiple sectors of community activities and advocacy for development in the villages. Since 2012 he has been the Executive Secretary of Inua Jamii Group (Lifting-Up the Community Group) which operates in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem (GME) - a remote area with little electricity and access to internet. This makes dissemination of knowledge through videos very difficult but is where the smart projector can be used to great effect. Asheri is using the videos to promote the use of sustainable agriculture as current unsustainable agricultural practices in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem are causing problems with soil erosion leading to decreased soil fertility and reduced crop yields.
James Gamba Nyaonge
is a primary school teacher from the Lake region of Tanzania, in Musoma, Mara region. Besides his teaching career, James is engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry activities. He is a community-based entrepreneur that produces and sells cassava planting materials. James is also a district youth representative in the Tanzania Teachers Union (TTU). He plans to use the smart projector to showcase videos on use of clean planting materials and agroecological agronomic practices. He hopes that this strategy will increase his clientele and productivity for the farmers in his community.
Gabriel Benjamin Masala (Team leader)
has a bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture from Sokoine University of Agriculture. While at university, Gabriel set up a consultancy firm, Blue Aquaculture Tanzania (BAT) with Salma Makungu. After graduation, they couldn’t find jobs so they decided to continue their business by providing extension services to farmers in aquaculture on the mainland and in Zanzibar. He plans to use the smart projector to improve the efficiency of the firm’s training actitivities by demonstrating practical visual farmer-to-farmer videos to the fish farmers in Morogoro region.
Salma Makungu Haji (Team member: Gabriel Benjamin Masala)
holds a bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture from Sokoine University of Agriculture. She has worked as a volunteer field officer at Mwambao/Marine and Coastal Community Conservations Ltd (MCCC). After a long search for a formal job, Salma decided to restore the consultancy firm she had set up with Gabriel while at university. Currently, she works with fish farmers in Morogoro region to improve their practices for increased productivity and improve the livelihoods of the farmers. She plans to use the smart projector to showcase videos on fish farming practices and other crops that can be grown by fish farmers to reduce their dependency on aquaculture and to improve their nutrition.
Lilian B.C. Sambu (Team Leader)
holds a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Cultural Heritage Management from the University of Dodoma. Lilian has also been on courses on agribusiness, leadership, gender and entrepreneurship innovation from Sokoine University of Agriculture and Michigan State University in USA. She is the CEO & Co-founder for Lilany Greenpro Business Co. Ltd based in Tanzania which deals in producing and processing of African bird eye chili for export and other horticulture crops for local consumption. Most of their produce are outsourced from rural based small holder farmers which include youth and women. They train these out-growers in different agronomic practices and smart climatic resilience agriculture principles. Lilian believes that she will save time and money by using the smart projector to train the out-growers especially on organic and agroecological practices.
Peter Heri (Team member: Lilian Sambu)
holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from the Sokoine University of Agriculture. He is currently working as an agriculture advisor at Lilany Greenpro Business Co.Ltd. He is also co-founder of Ayegro Group Ltd, a company whose mission is to influence youth and women engagement in productive agriculture. This is concerned with economic growth, fighting poverty and eradicating hunger in Tanzania. He is also secretary-general of the National Sunflower Farmers Association of Tanzania (NASUFAT) and secretary of the Grape Farmers Platform in Tanzania. Peter is also an active member of Sokoine University Graduate Entrepreneurs Cooperative (SUGECO). He will use smart projector and Access Agriculture videos in Kiswahili to improve on his efficiency while training rural smallholder farmers by showcasing agronomic practices done by other farmers.
Stephano Rashid Msuya
holds a bachelor’s degree in Project Planning, Management and Community Development from the University of Dodoma in Tanzania. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Open University of Tanzania. He is also working as a Project Officer at Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima na Wafugaji Kilimanjaro (MVIWAKI) Tanzania, which facilitates capacity building initiatives to farmers and pastoral groups in the Kilimanjaro region by supporting extension services and advocating for sustainable agriculture through agro-ecological and organic farming practices mostly to women and young people. He is also involved in advocacy issues such as human rights and gender equality, environmental sustainability, access to market information and ICT for farmers. Stephano is passionate about promoting organic agriculture and sustainable farming practices to farmer groups. As a member of Slow Food International, Stephano is working with other members to promote farmers’ seeds and food systems through community and school gardens to ensure good, clean and safe food. He sees the smart projector as a proper visual means of promoting organic farming practices to farmers’ groups in the northern parts of Tanzania. He also plans to use the smart projector to show farmer-to-farmer training videos while conducting field work activities with MVIWAKI members and other farmers within his community.

Uganda

Adriko Simon Negro
grew up on his family farm and had the opportunity to have hands on training in agriculture skills and lessons with his family. From there he developed his passion for agriculture. Later he graduated in Agriculture from Uganda Martyrs University. He has had years of experience working in agronomy and livelihoods. His experience includes working at World Vision Uganda in the area of environment. He is now actively involved in showing video programmes for rural farmers and refugees from south Sudan and Congo in refugee settlements in the West Nile region of Uganda. The training is mostly for vegetables, field crops and environmental protection. The participants are really embracing the new technologies and implementing them at their own household gardens and fields.
Canary Ahabwe (AgroMush Team Leader)
While in college, Canary Ahabwe started working with his father on a family project as a project record manager. It was through doing this, he was inspired to study Agriculture. He made enough savings during school breaks to enable him to study an agricultural course at Rwentanga Agricultural Institute in Uganda where he obtained a National Certificate of Agriculture. Towards completion of the course, Ahabwe was among the selected students to join Agrostudies in Israel for a Diploma in Applied Agriculture and a Certificate in Irrigation. While in Israel, Canary got hands-on training from Marina Tevapost Israel which deals in mushroom production and packaging. On returning to Uganda, he started AgroMush where as managing director he transferred his knowledge obtained in Israel to Uganda’s context. Through this entity, Ahabwe has been in position to grow his own mushrooms and sell packed products through supermarkets in western and central Uganda. He has also trained more young farmers to add mushroom to their farming enterprises so as to diversify their sources of income. Canary looks forward to attaining a smart projector which will simplify his team’s training activities and facilitate them in reaching more youth in their local communities. The farmers supplying mushrooms will be able to access videos on other crops that can be grown in limited spaces using sustainable agroecology practices which will diversify their sources of income.
Azaria Kamusiime (AgroMush Team Member)
is currently a third year Ugandan student at Center Universitaire d’ain Temouchent in Algeria pursuing a BSc in Science of Matter in Chemistry. He is a self-motivated social entrepreneur with a certificate in French from Oran school of Languages. He is a co-founder at Care Promotion and Poverty Alleviation Initiative (CPAI), a community-based organisation serving less privileged communities in the rural areas of Mbarara district in Western Uganda. Azaria is currently an expert behind the girl “Inspire” project which aims to build the capacity of young vulnerable girls that are victims of child early marriages, teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence. He is also communications, sales and marketing coordinator at AgroMush Uganda, a youth led enterprise dealing in mushroom growing, production and value addition. Azaria is an alumnus of Venture Capital Africa, a member of Young African Leader’s Initiative (YALI); a global youth ambassador against gender-based violence; innovator’s award winner at Citizen’s International Youth Summit; and a volunteer at a high level youth summit on sustainable development. He has also attained a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Philanthropy University; and is a certified GBV instructor with the Federation of International Gender and Human Rights. Whilst in Algeria, Azaria meets virtually with his team at AgroMush in Uganda. He intends to use the smart projector to learn more about agroecology practices so that his team will train the local youth farmers to generate more money.
Martha Kyokuhaire
is a self-motivated farm manager at Kinano Organic Farm located in Luweero district in Uganda. As a mitigation measure to COVID-19 after-effects, her team sells vegetables produced on the farm via an online shop, Organo Basket. She holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Agriculture from Makerere University. In 2018, she participated in International Training Course on Organic Agriculture (ITCOA) conducted by Go Organic in Eastern Uganda. She is a business partner and Agronomist at Farmer Investment Opportunities and Market (FIOM) Uganda, an Agribusiness consultancy and marketing company. Martha is also a focal point person for the Youth Agri-Investment Club (YAIC) project implemented by FIOM Uganda. YAIC project aims at inspiring and supporting the youth to engage in profitable farming businesses that conserve the environment. Before the Young Entrepreneur Challenge Fund competition, Martha had already been using Access Agriculture videos to train farm workers on how to make vermicompost among other practices. She is passionate about organic farming and sustainable development. Martha plans to use the smart projector to train farmers in the neighbourhood communities such that Kinano Organic Farm can meet the demand for their organically produced vegetables in Kampala.
Rebecca Akullu
holds a diploma in business studies majoring in accounting from Uganda College of Commerce in Aduku, northern Uganda. She is the co-director for Adyaka Rural Youth Development Initiative (ARYODI) which runs Aryodi Bee Farm in Lira. ARYODI mainly trains over 2,000 farmers on modern beekeeping techniques and value addition for a profitable apiculture business venture. The team also empowers rural farmers on growing crops and rearing livestock using environmentally friendly practices that may sustain the ecosystem of bees. Rebecca was one of the victims of early teenage pregnancy which led her to dropping out of school. She later joined the college to complete her studies. This motivated her to initiate an organisation called Network for Women in Action which trains young girls and teenage pregnant school drop-outs in artisan skills such as: making paper bags, weaving baskets and making bee hives using locally available materials. Rebecca is passionate about farming and transforming the livelihoods of rural based smallholder farmers in her community through economic empowerment and social entrepreneurship. She plans to use the solar powered smart projector to inspire other young girls into agriculture in addition to generating income from showing videos and trainings.
Teddy Nabwire (Team Leader)
is a young mother, leader, farmer and an entrepreneur. She completed ordinary school level with a Uganda Certificate Education (U.C.E) from Bulemezi Senior Secondary School. Unfortunately, she became pregnant before joining college and she was forced to drop out of school. Nevertheless, Teddy has not given up with her dreams regardless of her education level. As a single parent, she has set up a mobile money retailing business and she grows maize and bananas so as to earn a living. Teddy is also the current vice chairperson for Zirobwe Kalagala Youth Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd. This position has nurtured her to speak out and share opportunities and platforms with men and women of influence. Her mission in this co-operative is to become the chairperson and later become women councillor for her district as a political leader. Teddy advises women to actively participate in all value chains of agriculture and she always reminds the girls to take up every opportunity to focus on completing their education instead of hanging out with “bad boys” while at school. Teddy plans to use the smart projector to increase on the percentage of the co-operative members who are transiting from conventional to organic farming.
Abdallah Seryazi (Teddy’s team member)
has a certificate in journalism and media studies from Metropolitan Management Institute in Uganda. He is currently pursuing a diploma in Social Work and Social Administration from Metropolitan International University. Abdallah co-founded a community based organisation (CBO), Situka Youth Development Project in his community aiming at empowering individuals and transforming the community through capacity building and mind-set change. Due to good youth mobilisation strategies, Situuka has attracted more development partners to organise the youth into farmer groups. This led to the birth of Zirobwe Kalagala Youth Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd where Abdallah is currently working as the secretary. He is also a tomato and banana farmer, trader, volunteer and Socy Uganda and Luweero Policy Youth Advocacy Champion. His co-operative aims to be a one-stop centre for farmers in Luweero district and become a leading youth-led co-operative in agricultural value addition. He plans to use the smart projector to train the youth on reducing on money spent on buying agrochemicals but use it to grow crops organically.
Moses Birungi (Teddy’s team member)
has a Diploma in Development Studies majoring in community development attained from Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development. He is currently the manager for Zirobwe Kalagala Youth Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd and at the same time he manages activities at Amahoro Community Development Initiative. Moses and his friend, Abdallah Seryazi developed the idea of Situka Youth Development Project while visiting a village in Kalagala where they noted the need for improving the livelihoods of the youth. Moses resigned from his job and joined his friend to establish the CBO. Other stakeholders in the community joined them to for Zirobwe Kalagala Youth Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd. Moses has participated in entrepreneurship training and business incubation from different organisations. This has facilitated him to use limited resources to run the co-operative and also his poultry farm. He plans to use the smart projector to empower more youth with knowledge on sustainable agriculture.
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Change Makers

Neeraj Kumar, India

Neeraj’s organisation ‘Khetee’ – which means ‘farming’ in Hindi language – focuses on community development and training programmes for farmers and rural community. It has introduced a farmer-focused intervention model to make farming sustainable and profitable in rural Bihar by promoting ecological agroforestry.

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Watch a video on Neeraj’s work here