2022/09/20
African Food Changemakers News
We have a New Look and a New Name!
To accelerate our growth and scale impact, Nourishing Africa (based in Lagos, Nigeria) and Changing Narratives Africa (based in the USA) have merged operations to create a compelling one-stop platform, the African Food Changemakers (AFC), for agri-food entrepreneurs who are starting and scaling resilient and sustainable agribusinesses that feed Africa and the world. This merger is based on the unifying belief that small and medium-sized enterprises are the lifeblood of the food ecosystem in Africa. These enterprises are driven by visionary, dynamic and innovative entrepreneurs who operate as primary producers, aggregators, processors, distributors, finance and technology providers, chefs, cooks, consultants and innovators; they are our Continent’s true Changemakers. The new entity is envisioned to be the leading agribusiness ecosystem Hub enabling a million entrepreneurs to build successful businesses and provide affordable, accessible and acceptable food sustainably across Africa and the world. The tagline of the new organization “Nourishing Africa and Changing Global Narratives” reflects the bold mission of AFC to enable African entrepreneurs to start and scale resilient and sustainable agribusinesses that feed Africa and the world by providing training, funding opportunities, exposure, trade linkages and fostering a vibrant community of changemakers. Nourishing Africa and Changing Narratives Africa were established by Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli in 2019 and 2021, respectively, to provide access to opportunities and support to African agri-food entrepreneurs across the Continent. Over the years, both organizations have launched initiatives and programs that have provided innovative solutions to the knowledge, market, and opportunity gaps experienced by agri-food entrepreneurs. Examples include a Resource and Membership Hub that provides a community for networking, knowledge sharing, partnerships, and resource exchange; an Entrepreneur Support Program (ESP), a capacity development program launched in 2020 that trained over 1,000 grassroots and MSMEs, (up to 40% of which were women-led) to rebuild and strengthen their businesses following the impact of COVID-19; the Youth in Agri-food Export Development Program (YAEDP)¸an export-focused program launched in January 2022 to develop the capacity of young Nigerian agri-food entrepreneurs to participate in export; and the Narrative Changers African Food Fellowship, launched in September 2021 that engaged eight fellows and two rising stars who benefited from participation in a range of training sessions, media and speaking engagements, participation in the Dubai Expo Food Ecosystem week, and opportunities to pitch to international distributors and retailers. Prior to the merger, Nourishing Africa and Changing Narratives Africa had collectively reached over 145,000 unique hub users, trained up to 10,000 entrepreneurs, disseminated over 500 funding and knowledge resources in the sector, organized 60+ knowledge-sharing sessions, and engaged a community of agri-food entrepreneurs from 37 African countries. We appreciate all our partners, members, supporters, and stakeholders who have contributed to these incredible milestones. We are excited about this new journey and look forward to working with stakeholders to achieve even greater impact.
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