Cameroonian puts diabetes to flight with tea manufacturing business


How a 17-year-old started a poultry business in the slums of Dar es Salaam

Sirjeff Dennis was five when he witnessed a neighbour lose her seven-month old son. Living in the slums of Tanzania’s capital city Dar es Salaam, the mother had spent much of her pregnancy hungry and her son was born underweight and too weak to survive his first year.

His death hit Dennis hard and created a deep passion for fighting hunger. At age 17 he started a poultry business, Jefren Agrifriend Solutions (JAS), to supply his community with affordable chicken meat and eggs. Four years later the company is producing 2,000 chickens a month and has caught the attention of the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for young entrepreneurs. Last year Dennis was named one of its 12 finalists.

But how did he get to where he is today?

“I want to change the mindset that agriculture is only for those that do not have an education – because it is not. Agriculture is for anyone,” says Sirjeff Dennis, founder of Jefren Agrifriend Solutions

Cameroonian puts diabetes to flight with tea manufacturing business

Cameroonian Vanessa Zommi (20) is a problem solver, and when she realised that diabetes posed a risk to her mother’s life, she decided to do something about it.

She had already lost both her grandparents as a result of diabetes, so when her mother was diagnosed with the disease, Zommi started to look into natural treatments that could keep her mother healthy.

She came across the moringa oleifera tree, which grew in her region, and discovered it has a number of nutritional and medicinal benefits. One of these is reducing blood sugar levels to treat diabetes and, after a bit more research, Zommi found she could easily process the moringa leaf into a tasty tea.

“At first I was doing this just for my mom, but then I realised this could help other people like her in Cameroon, as well as Africa,” said Vanessa Zommi, founder of Emerald Moringa Tea in Cameroon.
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Doubling the Farmers’ Income Will Remain A Dream – by Devinder Sharma (Food Policy Analyst, Researcher, Writer)

The average income a farmer earns from farming activities, including what he keeps for his family’s consumption, is 20,000 rupees a year in 17 states across the country. This means the monthly income of a farmer in these states is a paltry 1,666 rupees.

Now, put yourself in this situation. If you were a farmer and made only 1,666 rupees a month, what would you like to do?

When Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “We need to think beyond food security and give back to farmers a sense of income security,” while presenting the Budget in parliament yesterday, I was hopeful. But when all he promised was to double farmers’ income by 2022 — five years away — all my hopes came tumbling down.
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According to Aminu Gamawa in his post linked below(about this photo):

“These baskets of organic tomatoes cost 400 Naira each ($2). Sadly, Nigeria still imports tomato paste. More than 50% of the tomatoes produced by the farmers in Nigeria is wasted due to lack of modern storage facilities and cost of transportation to the market. ”

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