Farmers/Sharecroppers

Country: Kenya
Organization: ETANG Kenya

Patrick is helping Kenyan consumers, many of them farmers, to connect with technologies that will allow them to increase the earnings from their farms and small-scale business ventures.

Country: Kenya
Organization: Honey Care Africa

Farouk Jiwa, frustrated with the inefficiency of traditional development models, combines business savvy with NGO’s skills in outreach and training to transform small farmers into diversified business owners, while building one of the largest social enterprises in Africa. Through Honey Care Africa, Farouk has shown how to sustainably increase the income levels of farming communities throughout...

Country: Kenya

By facilitating the flow of information between small-scale farmers and commodity markets, Adrian Mukhebi is increasing farmers’ negotiating power and improving rural food distribution and household food security.

Country: Uganda

By creating an alternative training approach that casts grassroots innovators rather than traditional academics in the role of teacher, Mwalimu Musheshe is changing what it means to be a social development professional.

Country: Kenya

James Nguo is providing an integrated solution to improving the quality of life in rural East Africa by establishing a network of knowledge hubs which serve to increase access to agro-information for farmers, increase the capacity of extension workers in supporting farmers, and create employment opportunities for rural youth. 

Country: Kenya
Organization: Green Power

Ndiga Nyaga has developed an initiative that brings electricity to underserved rural populations in Kenya. By empowering communities to come together and invest in the construction and operation of local hydroelectric power plants and distribution networks, Nyaga is helping increase the quality of life as well as productivity of individuals living in rural areas.

Country: Uganda
Organization: Rockford Harris Group

Shaka Robert is boosting rural economic development by developing a model of professional volunteerism that channels energy and ideas into eradicating poverty.

Country: Uganda
Organization: East and Central Uganda Integrated Farmers Union (ECUIFA)

Benon Sebina is overturning the top-down approach to rural development by stimulating farmers to work together to identify creative solutions that rely on local resources.

Country: Tanzania

Starting in northwestern Tanzania, Joseph Sekiku is improving economic possibilities for small-scale farmers by giving them greater control over their products post-production and greater access to global markets. By doing so he equips farmers to make their own decisions about their business rather than be directed and exploited by middlemen.

Country: Kenya
Organization: Akili

Through a model that relies jointly on aggregating production, co-ownership of agricultural businesses, and retooled value chains, Haron Wachira has created a surprising win-win scenario for subsistence farmers and agro-processing businesses in Kenya. This is impressive not only because of the unlikely partnerships formed, but because the agricultural sector in East Africa is chronically...

Country: Kenya

Most scientific research in agriculture in Africa has focused solely on cash crops.  Therefore, although genetic modification has the ability to greatly improve food production, it has not benefited African smallholder farmers who produce over ninety percent of food. But this is finally changing, thanks to Florence Wambugu who has, through a variety of scientific and community based...

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