Anaporka Adazabra

Country: Ghana

Anaporka Adazabra

Country: Ghana

Anaporka Adazabra is a founder and the CEO of Farmio Limited, an innovation that leverages web and mobile technologies, climate-smart agriculture technologies, and precision farming principles to provide full value chain solutions for farmers. With her knowledge in agribusiness, business development and greenhouse farming. Anaporka has worked extensively in the agri-tech space and has over 8 years of experience in greenhouse technologies, farm management and agribusiness management. She has been recognised by her work in impact in agriculture in Ghana and Africa and has been supported in her journey by various organisations such as the TotalEnergies StartUpper, Pitch Agrihack, AGRA and Generation Africa. Farmio was also selected as part of the Top Female Entrepreneurs in Africa with SAFEEM, GIZ, Seedstars and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. She has promoted Gender Equality in her business through these awards and as a Founder championing a course in Women in Agri-Tech and Climate Action in Africa.

Baraka Jeremie

Country: Tanzania

Baraka Jeremie

Country: Tanzania

Baraka is a technology enthusiast and visionary farmer with over nine years of experience working in the technology and agriculture sectors. He’s currently the Co-founder and CEO of Kilimo Fresh Foods Africa, a social enterprise that leverages technology to connect smallholder farmers and fresh produce buyers to fair and reliable markets, providing smallholder farmers with stable pricing and direct access to the market for their crops. Before founding Kilimo Fresh, Baraka spent the first four years of his career as a smallholder farmer in Morogoro, Tanzania. During this time, he struggled with food waste and lower margins for his produce due to a number of unnecessary, non-value-added small chains in the whole agricultural chain. It was because of these challenges that he started Kilimo Fresh to solve the problem not only for himself but also for other farmers in his community. Baraka currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Entrepreneurship Development and Technology, and he envisions creating a global marketplace for Tanzanian farm produce and eradicating post-harvest losses.

Dolphine Atieno Magero

Country: Kenya

Dolphine Atieno Magero

Country: Kenya

Dolphine Magero is an environmentalist by training from the University of Nairobi. She is currently pursuing master’s in environmental policy at the University of Nairobi. She is a junior negotiator on climate change with the National Government.  She is also working to develop a green youth climate fund https://gycafund.org/the-secretariat. This will seek to enhance access of climate finance for young people at all levels.  She has supported youth in climate action since 2016 where she volunteered as a member of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change. She has since then engaged with the International Youth Climate Movement, Government of Kenya- Climate Change Directorate, National Treasury and Planning -Climate Finance and Green Economy Unit. As an AYICC Kenya volunteer she has engaged with non-state actors such as PACJA, KCCWG, Care Kenya, Transparency International, FeS, ICCASA among others. She aspires to be an environmentalist and has also done some research in Tana River County looking at projects that deal with climate change with focus on the Tana Delta and ecosystems interlinkages (ecotone) within the county. She is also affiliated to the ECOS platform. 

Evangelista Chekera

Country: Zimbabwe

Evangelista Chekera

Country: Zimbabwe

Evangelista Chekera is the Founder and Lead Innovator at Passion Poultry (Pvt) Ltd. They work with scale poultry farmers by designing, manufacturing and distributing off the grid chick brooding devices and poultry slaughtering devices. She was introduced into the poultry industry by her parents at the age of 10. Currently she is the vice-chairperson for Zimbabwe Farmers Union Youth (ZFU) Leader. In 2019 she was granted two patents in the form of utility models by ARIPO for her two poultry equipment innovations.

Fily Keita

Country: Mali

Fily Keita

Country: Mali

Fily Keita is the Founder and CEO of Agrowomen(Agriculture Women and Entrepreneurship) which is local cereals and oilseeds processing startup aiming to contribute to food security, women economic empowerment and health and well-being of human. She is passionate about community development and women economic empowerment. On February 2016, she received a one-week training on Mentoring, Leadership and Innovation for social change and Networking during th  YALI  Connect Camp 8th  in Cote d’Ivoire. On November 2016, Fily was selected among the 20 young Peacebuilders in West Africa of UNAOC (United Nations Alliance of Civilization) in Nigeria.  In 2017, Fily received a training on Business and Entrepreneurship during the YALI Regional Leadership program. In 2018, she was selected among the 700 Young Leaders in Africa who took part in Mandela Washington Fellowship 2018. During this Leadership program, she received a training on Business and Entrepreneurship linked to Agriculture at Oklahoma State University (OSU). In 2018, she took part in the 8th Global Forum of UNAOC. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, and graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Languages, and Science of Language of Bamako. In 2017, she did a one-year internship at NGO Tonus in the administration. Due to her commitment, she has been selected to do an investigation in rural areas in Kolokani. She volunteered with IMANI Francophone as a Virtual Translator for 3 months. She worked as Gender and Vulnerable Group Intern and Receptionist at ACDI/VOCA, Feed the Future Cereal Value Chain Project in Bamako. In the course of her work, she has strengthened her experience and acquired new skills. She is eager to learn and share new skills. She is the President of Coopérative des Femmes Agro-Entrepreneures du Mali Muso Ni Sènè à Kati. She worked also as Bilingual Project Assistant at Tuwindi Foundation, a civic tech organization. In 2019, Fily has been selected as a Tony Elumelu Foundation Alumni. Go gettaz 2021 competion Impact prize winner and Generation Africa Fellow 2022. She was among the 10 young Malian entrepreneurs who have been sponsored by UNDP to attend the 2019 TEF Forum entrepreneurial and Panafrican. As a Mandela Washington Fellow and CEO of Agrowomen, she attended the LanteOCT African Investor Week Exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa. As an alumnus of Generation Africa Fellowship, she took part in AGRF summit in Dareesalam, Tanzania. She has recently received the prize of the most performing Entrepreneur in Resilience by the FACEJ program.

Georgina Rono

Country: Kenya

Georgina Rono

Country: Kenya

Georgina  Rono is a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Egerton University, with various training on animal husbandry.​ She has over 10 years’ experience on sustainable livestock farming systems that earn smallholder farmers a decent livelihood by ensuring food security while safeguarding the environment.​ She is vocal on climate change advocacy with keen interest in the impact and role of women farmers and indigenous communities in developing and implementing strategies to mitigate climate change’s effects.​ She is the founder of the Indigenous Women Network (IWN) whose goal is to ensure implementation of inclusive and gender-responsive strategies through research and innovation in order to offer specific solutions to meet specific environmental, social and Agricultural needs. She has been able to train over 2000 farmers on sustainable farming systems and alternative sources of livelihoods.  ​She is also an active member of the Kenya Youth BiodiversityNetwork. ​

Martin Dainbaquee

Country: Sierra Leone

Martin Dainbaquee

Country: Sierra Leone

Mawejje Harbert

Country: Uganda

Mawejje Harbert

Country: Uganda

Mawejje Harbert is a 26-year-old Ugandan who graduated from Makerere University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Land Use and Management. He has 4 years of experience as an agronomist and soil scientist, specializing in project management for youth in the agribusiness sector. He currently works as a Project Officer for the Young Farmers’ Federation of Uganda, a role he has held since 2020. Harbert is a change agent and a first-generation farmer. He grows soybean on 10 acres of land and plans to establish a model demonstration farm that will train and promote precision and circular farming among youth in Uganda. He intends to achieve this by using cooperation, networks, and data-driven decisions with modern technology. Harbert is also a mentor and trainer of climate resilience and rural innovation, using tools such as building resilience and enabling rural innovation trajectories. He is a member of the Mityana district Young Farmers’ Federation of Uganda and a trainee of the 3rd World Food Organization Gymnasium program, which develops his leadership, mindset, and advocacy skills.

Muhammed Omar

Country: Egypt

Muhammed Omar

Country: Egypt

Muhammad Omar Barakat is the Managing Director of Biomasr Ltd., a leading company in the agribusiness sector. A proud graduate of Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering, he embarked on his journey in the agribusiness field immediately after completing his studies in 2010. Driven by a passion for entrepreneurship and a deep love for the agribusiness industry, Muhammad has been instrumental in steering Biomasr Ltd. toward innovative and sustainable practices. His leadership has not only contributed to the company’s success but has also played a pivotal role in advancing the agribusiness landscape. Muhammad’s commitment to environmental responsibility, sustainability, and the principles of a circular economy sets him apart in the industry. These values are not just integral to his professional life but are at the core of his personal philosophy. He believes in aligning business practices with ethical and sustainable principles, making a positive impact on both the industry and the environment. 

Nomaliso Musasiwa

Country: South Africa

Nomaliso Musasiwa

Country: South Africa

Nomaliso is a Mathematician turned Farmer. An absolute enthusiast of Efficiency in operations and systems. She is the current Managing Director of Fresh In A Box, one of the fastest-growing startups in the Agri-tech space in Zimbabwe. She is a self-taught farmer, and has managed a 10ha horticulture farm. A serial collaborator, she works with over 3000 smallholder farmers in the horticultural space to consistently produce high-quality produce for both local and export markets in Zimbabwe. Nomaliso has expanded her operations into South Africa, currently in a network of 464 farmers and looking forward to the full expansion of Fresh In A Box. Nomaliso is a mother of 2 daughters, step mom to 3, & wife, who holds strong political views focused on gender equality & being a participatory citizen in the growth; development and prosperity of Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole. She works with organisations such as the Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs of Zimbabwe, Demeter Agricultural Coalition Africa and holds a couple of awards in the sector.