Agriculture as the backbone of many African country is striving because individuals and institutions are leveraging technology to unlock all the untapped potential in this sector.
The GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize is a pan-African competition for innovative, young entrepreneurs pursuing the trillion-dollar opportunity of Africa’s agri-food sector.This competition started in April 2020 and took a seal this month during the Africa Green Revolution Forum Virtual Summit held in Rwanda.
The two winners of the 2020 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize emerged the best were announced on 11th September 2020. MOSES KATALA co-founder and CEO of MAGOFARM LIMITED (Rwanda) Magofarm is an insect technology startup that turns food waste into insect protein for animal feed, which they deliver straight to farmers based on an individual needs analysis and DANIELA KWAYU, co-founder and CEO of PHEMA AGRI (Tanzania) Phema Agri is a digital agriculture investment platform that provides smallholder farmers with blended finance with an aim to de-risk the value chain.
Each winner will receive $50,000 to support and expand their agribusiness operations. Part of the Generation Africa youth initiative, the prize aims to identify and inspire young people across Africa to seize the opportunities across the value chain of the $1 trillion agrifood industry on the continent in the decades ahead.
The other 10 in the the 12 top finalists were
The Farm – Malawi
Agnes Kanjala: The Farm is a social enterprise that trains farmers to boost their productivity by producing by-products to raise livestock and link them new market. https://www.f6s.com/thefarmmw
OBRI Tanzania – Tanzania, United Republic of
Brigitha Faustin: OBRI Tanzania produces local sunflower oil. To get quality seeds, they train smallholder farmers in sustainable land use, and organic and environmental standards. https://obritanzania.com/
Mhogo Foods – Kenya
Elizabeth Gikebe: Mhogo Foods is a socially conscious cassava processor making gluten-free flour, crisps, starch and animal feeds while also training and supporting farmers. http://www.mhogofoods.com/
Soupah Farm-en-Market Limited – Nigeria
Ifeoluwa Olatayo: Soupah Farm-en-Market Limited designed and use USSD apps and blockchain technology to build an efficient, traceable supply chain connecting smallholders to food vendors and markets. https://farm-en-market.soupah.ng/
Achiever Foods Limited – Ghana
Millicent Agidipo: Achiever Foods Limited is on a mission to save lives with organic foods that promote blood health and a strong immune system. https://www.f6s.com/achieversfoodteam
LOMBRISOL – Morocco
Kharbouch Barhoum: Lombrisol has designed and built a vermicompost machine that automates organic fertiliser production from food waste, using earthworms. https://lombrisol.ma/
Integrated Aerial Systems – South Africa
Dexter Tangocci: Integrated Aerial Systems uses drones for precision crop spraying and multispectral surveys to give farmers actionable data about underperforming crops. https://iasystems.co.za/
Solar Freeze – Kenya
Dysmus Kisilu: Solar Freeze helps smallholder farmers battle post-harvest losses with mobile, solar powered cold storage and “sharing economy” cold-chain logistics. https://www.solarfreeze.co.ke/
GoMarkit – Sierra Leone
Fadja Djiou Barry: GoMarkit SL is food supply and delivery business enabling food vendors, retailers and consumers purchase produce from smallholders via their GoMarkit app. https://gomarkitsl.com/
Vertical and Micro Gardening (VMG) – Uganda
Paul Matovu: Vertical and Micro Gardening (VMG) builds autonomous farm towers to make urban farming a viable micro-enterprise for low-income households. https://www.f6s.com/verticalandmicrogardening
All these finalists will receive mentorship, program linkages and other guidance to continue their entrepreneurial journeys.
The entrepreneurs were selected by the judges for the notable environmental or social impact of their businesses, each striving to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and benefit their communities.