Showcasing Excellence in Youth Innovations in Africa


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RUFORUM celebrated the success of young African entrepreneurs who have come up with innovative solutions to address food insecurity and poverty-related challenges on Wednesday morning.

A panel of 15 young people from across the continent showcased their businesses, which addressed a diverse range of issues, including ICT support for smallholder farmers, agri-processing and even capitalising on waste.

The young entrepreneurs were congratulated by African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who said she was very impressed and wished them success.

She reminded the young innovators that their future is also the future of the continent.

“Your dreams are not just for you; they are your dreams but they are empowering all of us,” Dlamini-Zuma said.

South African youth farmer Dimakatso Sekhoto, who said she ended up in farming “by mistake” after a career in finance, closed the session with an impassioned plea for support of young people in agriculture.

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