Madagascan Agricultural Entrepreneur Wins $25,000 Prize
The African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation, are pleased to announce that Heritiaina Randriamananatahina, a 22 year old agriculture entrepreneur from Madagascar, is this year’s winner of the $25,000 Grand Prize, in the sixth annual edition of Africa’s premier award for youth entrepreneurship. Heritiaina is the founder of Fiombonana, an agro-processing enterprise that manufactures dairy products and confectioneries, using only Malagasy raw materials, employing farmers and providing local job opportunities. Heritiaina was selected from a competitive pool of diverse entrepreneurs from all over Africa.
This year, the Anzisha Prize celebrates increased representation of winners from francophone countries. The first runner-up was environmental entrepreneur, Yaye Souadou Fall, 21, from Senegal (who will receive $15,000) while agricultural entrepreneur N’guessan Koffi Jacques Olivier, 19, from Cote d’Ivoire, was the second runner-up (and will receive $12,500).
The presence of two agriculture entrepreneurs in the top three is emblematic of the important role agriculture plays in Africa’s economies. Agriculture represented the sector with the largest share of applicants for the prize this year. The Agriculture Sector Prize was also claimed by N’guessan Koffi Jacques Olivier, who demonstrated the potential for agriculture to create jobs for youth.
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