For some time now youth in Africa has been increasing social communication on their interest in Agriculture. Some youth have already forsake their academic professions and commit fully to farming and other form of Agriculture. This has led to the believe of many people, that Agriculture could be the solution to Africa’s transformation.
This year, the African entrepreneurship competition (the Anzisha Prize) which is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation has announced the winner of this year’s Anisha Prize Award as Heritiaina Randriamananatahina – a 22 year old agriculture entrepreneur from Madagascar.
As the grand prize winner, Heritiaina is the founder of Fiombonana, an agro-processing enterprise that manufactures dairy products and confectioneries using only Malagasy raw materials, employing farmers and providing local job opportunities. Heritiania was awarded 25,000 USD and this is the first time the Anisha top prize has been awarded to a finalist from Madagascar. This has contributed to the programme to become a strong network of the continent’s best entrepreneurs.
Heritina’s enterprise is providing a solution towards an agricultural and social problem in his community – making jobs available, and introducing a great business model which is can be scaled up in other sectors. His enterprise, Fiombonana, is a very impact making and prominent enterprise and currently producing 800kg of cheese each week and having a huge potential for expansion due to innovations such as reverse-engineering machinery for food processing.
“I am so excited to win the Anzisha Prize for 2016, even though I had to drop out of school when I was in grade six. My hard work in my business is paying off. I appreciate the training I have already received so far. Now that I have won, I will invest in my own education and grow my business,” says Heritiaina.
The first runner-up was of this year’s contest was an environmental entrepreneur Yaye Souadou Fall, from Senegal, who will receive $15,000 while agricultural entrepreneur N’guessan Koffi Jacques Olivier, from Côte d’Ivoire was the second runner-up and will receive $12,500.
The presence of two agriculture entrepreneurs in the top three is emblematic of the important role agriculture plays in Africa’s economies. Applications for the next cycle of the Anzisha Prize will open on 15 February in 2017. For more information on the Anzisha Prize and to nominate an entrepreneur, please visit the Anzisha Prize on AnzishaPrize.org.