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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: Bleck creates farmer investor partnerships. He mobilizes data about farmer investors and supports 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: Godwell prepares materials for the establishment of field trials and assists in data collection, entry, and analysis. He also contributes to the preparation of quarterly and technical reports. More about Godwell

Jireh Mwamukonda

Jireh Mwamukonda
Country: Malawi
Track: Entreprenuership
Project: Together We Can
Business incubator affiliated: Mhub Malawi
About position: Along with her cofounder Yamikani, Jireh will help train unemployed youth and women to sustainably and innovatively cultivate oyster mushrooms of high quality from low-cost materials that will be sold at the local markets. Link to pitch. 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: Along with her cofounder Jireh, Yamikani will help train unemployed youth and women to sustainably and innovatively cultivate oyster mushrooms of high quality from low-cost materials that will be sold at the local markets. Link to pitch. 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: Jean Claude is responsible for staff management, setting and following up trials, equipment inventory, and more. He will be supporting other teams on sweet potato and soybean production. More about Jean

Norman Mugisha
Country: Rwanda
Track: Entreprenuership
Project: Young African Business Booster
Host company/organization: LEAPR
Website: yabb.org.rw
About position: At YABB, Norman will help rural youth across Sub-Saharan Africa to overcome unemployment and poverty. Due to the pandemic, he 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: Umuraza works with the Rwanda-Israel Horticulture Center of Excellence. She provides 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: Khaalid’s project involves the highly nutritious production of silage in Somaliland to feed cattle. He wants to start an ‘agriboom’ in the yogurt business and extension services provided 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: Yusuf provides agriculture technical consulting services. He supports banana farmers with technical assistance as part of an effort 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: Alex provides 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: Precious works in adding value to to food products to tackle malnutrition, and wants to use Moringa as a primary product. Her responsibilities includw farmer partnerships, food processing and value addition, technology, and distribution. Pitch Link.
More about Precious

Zambia

Harriet Cheelo
Country: Zambia
Track: Employment
Position: Climate Smart Agriculture Guide Programme Fellow
Host company/organization: CAMFED Zambia
About position: Harriet is working with CAMFED’s first climate-smart demonstration farm. She is training 40 young women to be Agricultural Guides and implement sustainable agricultural practices across Zambia. 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: Nyasha supports the sourcing and management of CNG’s project development activities in South Africa. He also assists in evaluating suitable Agriculture Land Management and Improved Land Management carbon credit methodologies. More about Nyasha

Precious Nemutenzi

Precious Nemutenzi
Country: Zimbabwe
Track: Employment
Position: Graduate Fellow for Agriculture
Host company/organization: Welthungerhilfe
About position: Precious empowers rural families to achieve sustainable food and nutrition through training in agriculture, resource management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), alternative incomes, and nutrition. 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: Respect offers innovative agribusiness skills to farmers and facilitates the creation of collaborative, efficient and commercially viable enterprises. This will include a horticultural production system and 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: Rufaro is working to expand CAMFED Zimbabwe’s Agricultural Guide Program. She helps boost the productivity and livelihoods of ‘forgotten’ women farmers, and has already trained 160 women agripreneurs. 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: Talent is working to expand CAMFED Zimbabwe’s Agricultural Guide Program. She helps boost the productivity and livelihoods of ‘forgotten’ women farmers, and has already trained 160 women agripreneurs. ​More about Talent

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