More than 5,200 youth from 118 countries participated in World Bank Entrepreneurship Scheme this year. The winners were selected through a vigorous three-stage selection process evaluating the creativity, significance, feasibility, and clarity of the proposals. Nigeria’s winning proposal titled: Kitovu, came out tops among 743 proposals from 118 countries, while Uganda’s proposal-Gifted Hands and India’s Agratam were adjudged first and second runner ups in this year’s competition.
According to Mahmoud Moheildin , Senior Vice President, World Bank Group “The emerging theme from this year’s top six proposals appears to be an effort to help match the supply and demand for certain goods and services through innovative digital platforms and establish a link between inputs and outputs that may not have been established organically. These winning ideas, if implemented, can help address inefficiencies in the development finance landscape and move us closer to meeting the SDGs. ”
Nwachinemere Emeka, who initiated the proposal, explained that the platform sought to create market access for smallholder farmers in distant locations by using web, mobile and SMS platforms to link farmers to processors. It also produces buyers, transporters and other ecosystem stakeholders to tackle post-harvest losses and enable produce traceability, while increasing the farmers’ income. Nwachinemere Emeka is a 30 year old goal driven, innovation and technology enthusiast with a passion to transform Africa into the hub that feeds the world by creating, packaging and deploying value across Africa’s business value chains. He has a dream that one day, extreme poverty and hunger would be eradicated from Africa and the world. He places high premium on leveraging technology, innovation and business best practices to solve the plethora of problems that bedevils the world.
His vision is to create, package and deploy value across Africa’s agricultural value chains by leveraging on technology to address problems unique to that sector.
His flagship product is KITOVU™.