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17 Fellows from 7 African countries

Cameroon

Bleck Tita Tabeh
Country: Cameroon
Track: Innovation Science & Research
Position: Agriculture and Innovation
Host company/organization: Agripool Ghana
About position: Create farmer investor partnerships. Mobilize data about farmer investors. Support farmers with novel technology and climate sensitive information. More about Bleck

Malawi

Godwell Manda
Country: Malawi
Track : Employment
Position: Research Assistant
Host company/organization: IITA Malawi
About position: Preparation of materials required for establishment of field trials. | Assisting in laying out and managing of field trials. | Engaging in soil and plant tissue sampling for nutrient analysis Assisting in data collection, entry and analysis. | Contributing to preparation of quarterly and technical reports Assisting in literature review for manuscript preparation for peer reviewed high impact factor journals. More about Godwell

Jireh Mwamukonda

Jireh Mwamukonda
Country: Malawi
Track: Entreprenuership
Project: Together We Can
Business incubator affiliated: Mhub Malawi
About position: TWC seeks to train unemployed youth and women on cultivating oyster mushrooms of high quality from low-cost materials in a sustainable and innovative way that will be sold at the local markets. More about Jireh

Yamikani Maya Ng'ona

Yamikani Maya Ng’ona
Country: Malawi
Track: Entreprenuership
Project: Together We Can
Business incubator affiliated: Mhub Malawi
About position: TWC seeks to train unemployed youth and women on cultivating oyster mushrooms of high quality from low-cost materials in a sustainable and innovative way that will be sold at the local markets. More about Yamikani

Rwanda

Jean Claude Nsengiyumva
Country: Rwanda
Track: Innovation Science & Research
Position: Agricultural Research Stations Coordinator
Host company/organization: One Acre Fund Rwanda
About position: Placed at Kayonza, Karongi, and Rutsiro stations direction – responsible for staff management, trials set up and follow up, equipment inventory, infrastructure maintenance, and improvement, overseeing the harvest management and sales according to protocols, updating station databases every week, performing ongoing and a meticulous data cleaning. | Coordinating procurement of inputs for Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials. | Building team capacity – Supporting my team (station managers, senior and junior officers) to develop so that they can gradually take over additional responsibilities. | Protocols review and improvement. | Develop and implement a strategy to increase station efficiency and offset costs. | Meteorological data collection and analysis – I compile and organize daily weather data from each station and liaise with the public meteorological authority to ensure we maintain a robust climate dataset. | Take ownership of low and medium complexity requests of support that reach Product Innovation leads and will take increasingly more responsibility in supporting other teams on sweet potato and soybeans. More about Jean

Norman Mugisha
Country: Rwanda
Track: Entreprenuership
Project: Young African Business Booster
Host company/organization: LEAPR
Website: yabb.org.rw
About position: YABB aims at helping rural youth across Sub-Saharan Africa to overcome unemployment and poverty. The model of YABB is based on training and facilitating rural youth to create their own sustainable businesses. Due to the pandemic, I created an E-Commerce platform called Afri-Farmers Market which aims at helping local farmers access stable market and fair prices. Elevator pitch More about Norman

Umuraza Noella Rutayisire
Country: Rwanda
Track: Employment
Position: Horticulture Assistant
Host company/organization: One Acre Fund Rwanda
About position: The Rwanda-Israel Horticulture Center of Excellence. Providing technical assistance to farmers for horticulture development. More about Noella

Somaliland

Khaalid Ahmed Awali
Country: Somaliland
Track: Entreprenuership
Project: Aqua Calaaf
Business incubator affiliated: Harhub
About position: A highly nutritious silage production in Somaliland to feed cattle. Wants to start a Agriboom a yorghurt business attached to Aquacalaf and extension services provider in the dairy sector.
Elevator pitch: Video More about Khaalid

Yusuf Yasin Abdirahman
Country: Somaliland
Track: Employment
Position: Agricultural Technical Advisor
Host company/organization: Agribridge Somalia
About position: Provides agriculture technical consulting services. Supports with technical assistance to banana farmers as part of efforts to redevelop the Somali banana industry. More about Yusuf

Uganda

Alex Kyeyune
Country: Uganda
Track: Employment
Position: Technical Advisor, Animal Feed Formulation
Host company/organization: Conversion Feeds Limited
About position: Provide technical support and customized nutrition ratio mixing of pig feeds on clients’ farms.More about Alex

Precious Akampurira

Precious Akampurira
Country: Uganda
Track: Entreprenuership
Project: VASCAPE (Value Addition as Seed for Community Advancement and Poverty Eradication)
Business incubator affiliated: Department of Food Science & Technology, Makerere University Kampala
About position: Value addition to food products to tackle malnutrition. Farmer Partnerships and Produce Aggregation, Food Processing and Value Addition, Technology, and Distribution. Wants to start with Moringa as the primary product Pitch Link
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Zambia

Harriet Cheelo
Country: Zambia
Track: Employment
Position: Climate Smart Agriculture Guide Programme Fellow
Host company/organization: CAMFED Zambia
About position: Participate in review meetings organized by CAMFED Zimbabwe to ensure all skills are kept up to date. This will be an opportunity to network with other young people, share successes and challenges faced. | Build project management and leadership skills by planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating project objectives | Build and coordinate relationships with stakeholders in the agricultural value chain – from traditional leadership, business, education, public and private institutions, etc. – to achieve project goals. | Build and expand partnerships with relevant institutions that promote youth empowerment in agriculture and link CAMFED Association members to such institutions at both district and national levels. | Develop professional relationships with stakeholders and build new networks to support own personal development, as well as their transition to employment, further research and employment. | Work with CAMFED Association leaders to design and structure their community outreach – to support rural communities in building resilience, improving productivity, and reducing emissions. | Promote, implement, observe and adhere to the CAMFED Child Protection Policy in all operations. | Participate in the training of agripreneurs and other young people in partner districts | Participate in review meetings organized by CAMFED Zambia to ensure that all skills are kept up to date. This will be an opportunity to network with other young people, share successes and problem-solve common challenges. More about Harriet

Zimbabwe

Nyasha Fidelis Shumbayarerwa
Country: Zimbabwe
Track: Employment
Position: Junior Project Coordinator: Agriculture & Soil Mitigation Projects.
Host company/organization: Climate Neutral Group
About position: Support the sourcing and management of CNG’s project development activities in South Africa, in particular for Agriculture and soil carbon mitigation projects.| Contribute to the South African sourcing strategy, the management of partnerships, and the technical evaluation of business opportunities. | Assist in evaluating suitable Agriculture Land Management and Improved Land Management carbon credit methodologies and estimate the potential emission reductions as well as assisting with the development of the full project cycles, including the design of monitoring and reporting. More about Nyasha

Precious Nemutenzi

Precious Nemutenzi
Country: Zimbabwe
Track: Employment
Position: Graduate Fellow for Agriculture
Host company/organization: Welthungerhilfe
About position: Empowering rural families to achieve sustainable food and nutrition through training in agriculture, resource management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), alternative income and nutrition. Promoting site-specific agriculture, which supports smallholder farmers in cultivating higher-yield, more nutritious crops to fight hunger and poverty while saving natural resources. Strengthen resilience to climate change effects by sharing knowledge on climate-adapted cultivation and harvesting methods with climate-resistance crops. More about Precious

Respect Rungano Musiyiwa

Respect Rungano Musiyiwa
Country: Zimbabwe
Track: Entreprenuership
Project: Murerwa Agribusiness Innovation Center
Host company/organization: Udugu Institute
About position: Offer innovative agribusiness skills to farmers, facilitate the creation of collaborative, efficient and commercially viable enterprises that will develop and sustain the agricultural and food production value chain system- will include a horticultural production system, online incubation platform. More about Respect

Rufaro Chokera
Country: Zimbabwe
Track: Employment
Position: Climate Smart Agriculture Guide Programme Fellow
Host company/organization: CAMFED Zimbabwe
About position: Participate in review meetings organized by CAMFED Zimbabwe to ensure all skills are kept up to date. This will be an opportunity to network with other young people, share successes and challenges faced. | Build project management and leadership skills by planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating project objectives | Build and coordinate relationships with stakeholders in the agricultural value chain – from traditional leadership, business, education, public and private institutions, etc. – to achieve project goals. | Build and expand partnerships with relevant institutions that promote youth empowerment in agriculture and link CAMFED Association members to such institutions at both district and national levels. | Develop professional relationships with stakeholders and build new networks to support own personal development, as well as their transition to employment, further research and employment. | Work with CAMFED Association leaders to design and structure their community outreach – to support rural communities in building resilience, improving productivity, and reducing emissions. | Promote, implement, observe and adhere to the CAMFED Child Protection Policy in all operations. | Participate in the training of agripreneurs and other young people in partner districts | Participate in review meetings organized by CAMFED Zimbabwe to ensure that all skills are kept up to date. This will be an opportunity to network with other young people, share successes and problem-solve common challenges. More about Rufaro

Talent Vharachumu

Talent Vharachumu
Country: Zimbabwe
Track: Employment
Position: Climate Smart Agriculture Guide Programme Fellow
Host company/organization: CAMFED Zimbabwe
About position: Participate in review meetings organized by CAMFED Zimbabwe to ensure all skills are kept up to date. This will be an opportunity to network with other young people, share successes and challenges faced. | Build project management and leadership skills by planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating project objectives | Build and coordinate relationships with stakeholders in the agricultural value chain – from traditional leadership, business, education, public and private institutions, etc. – to achieve project goals. | Build and expand partnerships with relevant institutions that promote youth empowerment in agriculture and link CAMFED Association members to such institutions at both district and national levels. | Develop professional relationships with stakeholders and build new networks to support own personal development, as well as their transition to employment, further research and employment. | Work with CAMFED Association leaders to design and structure their community outreach – to support rural communities in building resilience, improving productivity, and reducing emissions.| Promote, implement, observe and adhere to the CAMFED Child Protection Policy in all operations. | Participate in the training of agripreneurs and other young people in partner districts | Participate in review meetings organized by CAMFED Zimbabwe to ensure that all skills are kept up to date. This will be an opportunity to network with other young people, share successes and problem-solve common challenges. ​More about Talent

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