The Future Awards Africa Prize for Agriculture (Ghana)

Ababio Kwame

Ababio Kwame is an energetic young Ghanaian, who after mining engineering school, self-trained as an agro-entrepreneur, with passion for development and a natural affinity for advocacy. He adores the trademark of hard work and excellence in his endeavors and has high optimism in the young African’s contribution to Africa’s development. He started his organization in 2012 right after tertiary school: Green Afro-Palms; An agro organization causing facelift to the Sub Saharan Agricultural framework, driving the youth and small scale farmers into vibrant agriculture through best practices for cultivating plantations and value chain processing; selecting and presenting Oil Palm as an alternative commodity for vegetating Africa’s degrading environment, generating jobs and sustainable livelihoods.

Green Afro-Palms (GAP) derived from “Green African Palms” after its establishment in 2012 has since undergone its development stages of mobilizing small scale oil palm farmers and has constructed improved artisanal palm oil mills for small scale processors in Ghana-West Africa. GAP, commenced operations of her palm oil mills (GAP-Mills) in 2015 serving over 60 small scale palm farmers, with over 100 metric tons of Palm Fruits milled within the first 5 months of operation. GAP has also marketed over 35,000 litres of palm oil from small scale processors with up to 10 farmers benefiting directly from “GAP’s- Associate Farming”: where farmers are assisted technically and financially on the best management of farms for higher yields.

In 2017, Kwame was awarded the African Youth Agripreneurs Forum competition organized by the African Development Bank in cooperation with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the African Agribusiness Incubators Network and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation.

 

Adowarim Lugu-Zuri

The 25 years old founder and director of Wazuri. An innovative coconut sales and distribution company in Ghana. As a student, she owns a lot of acres of coconut plantation in two regions and weekly supplies over 5000 pieces of coconut to customers.

As a student, she owns a lot of acres of coconut plantation in two regions and weekly supplies over 5000 pieces of coconut to customers.

Her journey from start-up entrepreneur to being the CEO of Wazuri Ghana Limited, a company providing employment to more than 30 direct and indirect staff through the growing and large-scale commercial sales of coconut, is one underpinned by constant research, investigation and swift action.

Lugu-zuri states that it took four years to get the business profitable and to a point where they today provide on a retail and wholesale basis to the corporate, professional and working classes. The aim is to make Zuri Coconut a product of choice for these target markets.

 

Awin Peter

Awin Peter, the founder of CowTribe, a social enterprise founded in 2015 and based in Tamale is pioneering a powerful solution which will radically alter the way we respond to infectious diseases in local communities by placing monitoring and reporting power in the hands of smallholder farmers who until now been seen only as victims. CowTribe has developed a simple, farmer-friendly, mobile application that enables millions of farmers to monitor and report real-time suspected livestock disease outbreaks in their communities and quickly report through their mobile phones. What the company does at the backend is to aggregate the data and then provide valuable information back to farmers and veterinarians regarding animal health in their geographic region to enhance their situational awareness and aid prompt response before to avoid catastrophes.

Starting with just farmers in two communities in 2015, CowTribe now operates in 119 communities across Ghana, linking over 250 trained providers to critical information making 29, 000 local farmers more resilient towards livestock disease outbreaks. The platform currently receives, aggregate and analyse more 200 bits of disease surveillance information from farmers every day and the number keeps increasing month by month.

 

Abraham Nii Omani Quaye

Agrocentry founder, Abraham Nii Omani Quaye, an agro-business enthusiast, is on a mission in what his company believes will help build a system that should end poverty and hunger especially in Africa. Their online farmers’ market, Farmart, is practically creating the necessary market for farmers to reduce significantly post harvest losses and as final consumers.

Abraham is inspired by the need to see change and advancement in the lives of people in his immediate society. His business currently caters for the needs of 1000 farmers and he hopes to reach 100,000.  In 2018, Abraham was a Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneur.

 

Shadrack Frimpong

Shadrack Frimpong became the first person from his village in Ghana to attend college in the U.S., earning a full ride to the University of Pennsylvania. There, he won the $150,000 President’s Engagement Prize and started Cocoa360.

Cocoa360 has pioneered the ‘farm-for-impact’ model, using revenues from community cocoa farms to fund educational and healthcare services. In less than 3 years, it has cared for 3,000 patients and currently educates 120 young girls. In 2018, he was awarded the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards for his exemplary work.

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