Out of the 12 finalists who pitched at the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2019), Isaac Sesi, Founder of Sesi Technologies came out successful as one of the two winners of the GoGettaz Agricpreneur Prize held at the Accra International Conference Center.
Sesi Technologies, was awarded $50,000 for their work on GrainMate; an affordable and effective grain moisture meter which helps you to accurately measure the moisture content in your grains before storage, helping you reduce aflatoxin contamination and ensuring better quality grains for storage, sale, and feed preparation and FarmSense; which provides personalized recommendations to farmers on what inputs to apply to their soils to maximize yield.
Co-founder of Sesi Technologies, Bonolo Monthe, from Botswana, also won the prize for her startup, Maungo Craft which turns underused indigenous fruits into low-to-no-fat-sugar preserves.
The Prize was presented by Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Chairman of Econet Global and Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of Yara, in the presence of the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the former Vice President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and several other important people who gathered at the celebratory gala dinner to witness the presentation of the awards.
Speaking to the press after receiving the award, Isaac Sesi thanked everyone who made the win possible and encouraged many young people to venture into agriculture as there are many problems along the value chain waiting to be solved.
“Sesi Technologies is thrilled to receive this award as it will help refine our products, streamline our production process and validate our business model. We are very thankful for the extraordinary support we received from our partners and advisors and we will not rest until poverty and hunger is stamped out of Africa,” Mr. Sesi added.
He stressed that the youth are the future of Agriculture in Africa and should not look down on the field.
GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize, powered by Econet Global and Yara International and implemented by Generation Africa seeks to uplift innovative entrepreneurial ventures in the agri-food sector founded by young people across Africa. The competition awards one male and one female winner a cash prize of $50,000 USD prize based on the innovation, originality, scalability and environmental sustainability of their business venture.