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Entrepreneurship

In Trinidad and Tobago, entrepreneur Jameel Phillip is promoting food security through the establishment of urban vegetable gardens

© Jameel Phillip

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Mihanta Malala Randriantsoa, the owner of a spice and essential oil export business, is a firm believer in upskilling local staff and suppliers, and her strategy has paid off.

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Agnes Atim Apea’s social enterprise, the Hope Development Initiative, is helping poor smallholder women farmers achieve financial independence by providing inputs, technical farming services and a guaranteed market for rice.

Accounting for 38% of worldwide meat production, pork is attracting a new generation of African entrepreneurs – bucking the continent’s traditional aversion to the meat.

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Rice farmers in West Africa are using a decision-making mobile app and mechanised service centres to improve their yields and incomes. The sector is also leading the way in tackling the scourge of rural youth unemployment.

Ismaël Tanko, a 33-year-old entrepreneur, has created a fast-growing company whose tomato purees are already on sale in several West African countries. The next step is a more industrialised production line and an increased number of sales channels.

Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin, CEO and Founder of blueMoon – Ethiopia’s first youth agribusiness incubator – shares her experience as a woman entrepreneur in Africa’s agricultural sector and stresses the importance that agribusinesses ‘think digital’.

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Yemisi Iranloye, managing director and CEO of Psaltry International Limited, a large cassava processor based in south-west Nigeria, has built her success on an inclusive business model that places smallholder farmers at the centre of operations.

Over the last decade, remittance flows from diaspora communities to their countries of origin have been steadily increasing. With government support and agriculture-friendly legislation, agriculture could benefit from this substantial source of funding and expertise.