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Access Agriculture - Winner of International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food Systems 2021

For Josephine Rodgers speech, play from 0:23-0:44

Access Agriculture has won the prestigious International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture in the category “Award for innovations that empower youth in sustainable food systems” based on its model of young entrepreneurs.

The jury panel, chaired by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Government of Switzerland, announced the winners at the World Food Forum event on October 1st, 2021. In total, there were 400 entries from 83 countries.

The jury praised Access Agriculture’s model of young entrepreneurs screening videos on ecological and organic farming and food processing, using solar powered smart projectors to reach remote communities without the need for electricity, internet connection or mobile phone signal.

Access Agriculture will use the prize money to expand its network of young Entrepreneurs for Rural Access in developing countries.

Josephine Rodgers, Executive Director, stated “We see this as a highly replicable model, not only for youth employment and business development, but also to help famers transition towards agroecology, boost their incomes and thereby contribute to more sustainable food systems.”

“It is indeed a great honour for Access Agriculture to win this award. It encourages us and instils confidence in us for reaching remote communities across the globe. With our rich library of farmer-to-farmer training videos in more than 90 languages, we are well placed to contribute to South-South learning and help mainstream agroecology,” she added.

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