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When African Leadership University student Daniella Uwase isn’t in the library she’s down on the farm training the next generation of farmers in Rwanda and Zambia.

Daniella is just nineteen-years-old yet she has already built up a team of 250 farmers who she is training up from subsistence to commercial farming.

Her Agriculture Growth Network (www.agnetwork.rw )is a social enterprise that helps the farmers increase their productivity and their income by providing them with practical and state-of-the-art farming skills and giving them access to wider and more profitable markets sourced through her partners.

Daniella’s aim is to transform at least 1,000 farmers a year. In the next decade she wants to have impacted the lives of 15,000 farmers, leading to the reduction of poverty and hunger and creating a model for boosting economic growth across Africa.

Like all our young African entrepreneurs Daniella needs funding, and I was delighted to put her in touch with some investors who have visited her and pledged to invest in some sensors to help soil analysis and the early detection of diseases in crops.

Daniella is a shining example of how events like the UK-Africa Investment Summit can bring together first world money and developing world youth and ingenuity so create new opportunities and greater prosperity.

For further details on the Agriculture Growth Network please read Daniella’s business plan below. I’m sure you’ll agree she’s a young woman well worth investing in. Please click Daniella’s business plan here: farmers pdf

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