Three of Africa’s leading experts in the agricultural sector, Dr. Segenet Kelemu, Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda and Dr. Wanjuru Kamau-Rutenberg join CNBC Africa anchor Nozipho Mbwanja for an engaging stage-setting discussion on agricultural transformation at the 2017 Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali.
The second MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali focused on how young people are transforming the agricultural sector. CNBC Africa anchor Nozipho Mbwanja explores this theme and others during interviews with sector experts, panelists and youth delegates.
Beatrice had a busy day. It’s tomato season, which means she had to wake up extra early to go to the garden to harvest some ripe tomatoes. On her way, she made sure to feed the poultry and check on the goats. It’s also market day in her village, so after feeding her children and sending them to school, Beatrice headed to the market to setup her corner stall and start selling her tomatoes. By early afternoon, Beatrice had already sold all of her tomatoes, so she decided to stop by the local grocery shop on her way home. George, the owner, told her he needed extra help next week and asked Beatrice to come work for a few days with him. It was a busy day, but a productive one. Beatrice was able to earn some income from her sales and secure next week’s income.
I was born in a small village in southern Rwanda, where the majority of inhabitants rely on subsistence farming for their daily living. Given its far distance from the national grid, the village has no access to electricity, and biomass is the main source of fuel. As I grew up facing these challenges firsthand, I developed a passion for having a direct role in improving my livelihood and the livelihoods of my fellow villagers.
In 2014, a youth-led company, CARL Group, made up of four young entrepreneurs from Rwanda had an idea: to process orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) and turn them into baked goods. Hardworking, determined, passionate and business-minded, the company has added value by taking what was once considered a valueless crop and creating healthy, consumable vitamin A products.
My name is Prisca Egboluche and I am from Nigeria. I am a MasterCard Foundation graduate Scholar in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU), in the United States. I am also an Igbo language instructor in the Department of Linguistic and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at MSU. I am an avid researcher, a young entrepreneur, and a dedicated teacher with an open mind.