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YIELD Agripreneurs Awarded Grant Money for Initiatives

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Published: Thursday, 03 Jan 2019 Author: Global Youth Advancement Network

The Young Innovators in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development (YIELD) initiative helps young entrepreneurs access and maximize opportunities in the rapidly evolving agri-food system in Africa. To escalate these efforts, YIELD distributed monetary awards to four young agripreneurs to help fund and scale their initiatives.

The four winners, from Ghana and Tanzania, were selected after fulfilling extensive criteria and merit. These winners, listed below, are exemplary role models in the fields of agri-foods and businesses, utilizing social entrepreneurship to uncover new employment opportunities, while also benefiting their communities. YIELD's grant is ending soon, however, its partnership with the Global Youth Advancement Network has established beneficial initiatives and connections that will continue to work toward building the capacity of African youth.

2018 YIELD Grant Winners:

  • Samuel Gyan is the founder of JEGS Company Limited, which deals in the production, processing, packaging, and sales of vegetables. Samuel Gyan hopes to encourage young people who want to go into agricultural entrepreneurship to maintain their passion and stay focused throughout all of the challenging moments of entrepreneurship. Samuel has a graduate degree in philosophy and sociology from the University of Cape Coast.
  • Philemon Josephat Kiemi is the founder and president of Singida Youth Entrepreneurs and Consultants Cooperative Society (SYECCOS). Established in 2009, SYECCOS is involved in the facilitation, establishment, and operations of beekeeping apiaries in Tanzania. While producing 27 tons of honey annually, and manager another 60 tons of honey from other growers, SYECCOS also trains hundreds of youth in apiculture. Philemon holds a degree in commercial beekeeping in modern agriculture from the University of Jerusalem, and a bachelor's degree in family and consumer studies from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania.
  • Eunice Karikari is the CEO of E-Juice Company Limited, in which 100% natural fruit juice is processed and sold to contribute to better dietary health and wellness in Ghana. Eunice uses her degree in banking and finance to effectively manage her business. With additional capital, Eunice hopes to construct an FDA certified factory for E-Juice production and become the largest juice supplier in Africa.
  • Abdul Athumani Mkono is the founder of Makaru Agro Limited. Since 2014, the agribusiness company has produced horticultural crops like okra, tomato, watermelon, capsicums, chili, spinach, and cabbage, while also providing extension services to smallholder farmers. Abdul hopes to encourage young people looking for employment to consider agriculture because of its profitability and impact. Abdul holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and agribusiness.