FellowsGhanaAgricultureBenedict Kusi Ampofo

Benedict Kusi Ampofo

Project Kiriku
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Benedict Ampofo, a 4th year medical student in Ghana, has always seen himself as a budding social entrepreneur. Growing up, his sense of responsibility and a desire to impact the world challenged him to do something different. Coming from a low-income family, an itching desire to help families like his sprung forth; he wanted to inspire others. So in his early stages while developing as a philanthropist, his love for agriculture was heightened while visiting Ghanaian farms, thereby birthing Project Kiriku, his demonstration farm in 2014.

Project KIRIKU, a demonstration farm, is designed to create sustainable agricultural communities to minimize poverty by providing requisite skills, knowledge, and innovative technology, helping participating farmers and youth improve their agricultural yield through practice based learning. Working with 3 employees, the 63 currently enrolled farmers– who otherwise may not benefit from practical classroom trainings– are taught a range of sustainable agricultural techniques that can be implemented on their farms. And instead of just giving the participants some classroom knowledge, the demonstration farm enables practical experiential opportunities, empowering small holder farmers and rural youth with relevant skills.

One example of the practical skills the farmers learn is side-grafting for cocoa. This teaches how to take advantage of old shoots without having to cut them down. Many have raised cocoa nurseries, and have learned to plant in rows– an uncommon practice among the participating farmers. He has been so impactful that the chief of the village recommended his organisation, saying that what they used to know in theory has now been applied in practice, and that they have seen it to be useful.

In the next three years, he desires to venture in “ livestock and poultry rearing on an irrigated 20 hectare land with a diverse variety of crops”, so as to serve as a model for farmers interested in sustainable agriculture. By his fifth year, he hopes to have replicated his model in three other communities, setting a precedent for youth and farmers.

Benedict wants to “Teach farmers and rural youth about farming , perfecting their skills and improving their incomes by breaking the poverty cycle to create more sustainable communities.”

2016

2016 Finalists for Africa’s Leading Youth Entrepreneurship Award – the Anzisha Prize – Break New Ground in Innovation and Representation

cnegypt

26/08/2016

he Anzisha Prize applauds outstanding youth entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 for effecting change through innovative, people-centred solutions across Africa GAUTENG, South Africa, August 26, 2016/ -- African Leadership Academy (http://AfricanLeadershipAcademy.org), in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation (www.MasterCardFDN.org), is proud to announce Africa’s top youth entrepreneur finalists for the sixth annual Anzisha Prize (www.AnzishaPrize.org). This year, the Prize celebrates increased presence in Northern African markets such as Morocco and Egypt, and francophone countries such as Madagascar and Niger, and increased diversity in the business ventures represented.

2016 Finalists for Africa’s Leading Youth Entrepreneurship Award – the Anzisha Prize – Break New Ground in Innovation and Representation

einpresswire

26/08/2016

The increased reach is made possible by Anzisha Prize outreach efforts and a partner network of youth development organisations supporting the spread into new communities in order to recognize the yet uncelebrated youth agents of change across Africa. The 12 Anzisha Prize finalists were hand-picked from an applicant pool of 550 entrepreneurs from 32 African countries. The Anzisha Prize applauds outstanding youth entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 for effecting change through innovative, people-centred solutions across Africa. The 2016 cohort comprises a diverse blend of young minds who are leading the mandate of socio-economic development and job creation in their communities and beyond. They are competing for their share of $100 000 USD in cash prizes. The 12 finalists receive an all-expenses paid trip to Johannesburg for a rigorous two-week business accelerator camp beginning on 13th October, 2016. The grand prize-winner will be announced at an exclusive gala event on 25 October, 2016.

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