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Agnes Atim Apea

PhD, CEO of Mama Rice

PhD, CEO of Mama Rice

Agnes Atim Apea

Biography

Dr Agnes Apea is the CEO and founder of Mama Rice and the Hope Development Initiative, a women’s farmer’s cooperative with over 11,000 members in Uganda’s Lango sub-region. Agnes has over 20 years of development experience and has previously worked as a gender and development consultant for the African Union, United Nations and Commonwealth in Africa and Asia. She is the recipient of several acclaimed awards, including Uganda Women Entrepreneurs’ Honarary Award and Columbia University’s Human Rights Advocacy Award, and was listed among the 100 most influential and inspirational women in the world by the BBC.

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Personally, I had no idea about agriculture – my background is in international development – but, because I knew the majority of rural women worked in the sector, I set up Mama Rice in 2016 to support them. Most women in Africa are subsistence farmers, but I want to help them have better yields and grow quality crops that they can sell to people like me for a good price.

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