This article describes the role of young entrepreneurs in the transformation of agriculture and food systems in Zimbabwe. The role was in response to Innovation Baraza, a novel initiative by Udugu Institute, and an emerging platform for entrepreneurs in Africa. Our featured idea recognized the need to focus on agriculture and food systems as well as energy access in order to redress poverty and hunger problems in Zimbabwe. Food security and energy access were the core components in the idea, which is premised on establishing linkages between agricultural and industrial development. The Business Model would pilot in Dora community of Mutare, Manicaland Province. The Model is youth-led and youth driven, and mobilises community members in the medium-to-long-term. The Business Model had economic, environmental, and social impacts, all which made it unique. Authors argue that young entrepreneurs can offer practical solutions to persistent community problems when opportunity presents itself. Authors conclude that the transformation of agriculture and food systems via energy access must be pursued vigorously for what later turns out as successful solutions were once latent ideas.
- Raymond Erick Zvavanyange
Young Professionals for Agricultural Development, Harare, Zimbabwe
- Nyasha Freeman Musikambesa
Sustainable Livelihoods Specialist LongCliffe Agriculture, Marondera, Zimbabwe
- Tawanda Chitiy
Independent Energy Specialist Area C, Dangamvura, Mutare, Zimbabwe