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Young entrepreneurs driving Africa’s green economy

Africa is a continent that is home to more than a billion people. As the population continues to grow, so does the demand for energy and food sustainability. Green entrepreneurs are stepping up to address these challenges by developing innovative and sustainable solutions.  

In Benin, Constant Ayihounoun (2021 Anzisha Fellow) uncovered a startling truth through his research – agriculture alone contributes to over 25% of global warming, wreaking havoc on our planet.  

Determined to make a difference, he launched Africabio, providing vital information to those misinformed in the agricultural industry. With unwavering community support, Ayihounoun decided to pursue entrepreneurship and create an agricultural awareness initiative. His studies at the University of Abomey, focusing on entrepreneurship and enterprise management with an emphasis on the environment and green economy, further fuelled his drive. 

During his interactions with farmers, Ayihounoun discovered the pressing issues they faced, including inadequate soil fertility, insect management, and low crop yield. This revelation inspired him to establish AGRECO Sarl, a venture aimed at addressing these challenges head-on.  

“For over four years, we have been making remarkable advances and learnings in the field of microbiological pesticides and biofertilizers that promise to revolutionize sustainable agriculture and improve crop productivity,” says the young CEO. 

While highly variable weather and climate changes have a detrimental impact on agricultural productivity, Ayihounoun is hopeful that AGRECO Sarl’s fertilizers, which are made with living matter and the recovery of bio-waste from livestock farms, will leave a lasting impact in Benin, and beyond. 

“The future of sustainable agriculture looks promising with the advancement of bio-input (bio-fertilizers, biopesticides, and bio-fungicides)”, says the young CEO. “As we promote and work toward a greener, more environmentally friendly future, these innovations are about to play a key role in ensuring food security while minimizing impact on our ecosystems. 

Ayihounoun’s entrepreneurial accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, as he became a Tony Elumelu Alumni in 2019 and was awarded the prestigious title of Anzisha Prize Fellow in 2021. You can also read more about Constant in Forbes Africa: 30 under 30. These accolades are a testament to his dedication and hard work in revolutionizing the agricultural sector in the Benin Republic. 

Ayihounoun proves why backing green entrepreneurs in Africa is a smart and socially responsible investment. If you need more motivation, here are a few reasons why you should commit to a greener Africa through youth entrepreneurship: 

  • Green entrepreneurship is a growing market in Africa.
    According to a report by the World Bank, the market for off-grid solar products in sub-Saharan Africa was expected to reach $3.1 billion in 2022. By investing in green entrepreneurs, you can tap into this growing market and earn a return on your investment. 
  • Create a positive social impact.  
    Many green entrepreneurs are developing solutions that provide access to energy, water and agricultural advancements in rural communities. This can help improve health outcomes, increase productivity, and reduce poverty. 
Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown
Lynn is a content marketer that focuses on brand storytelling through digital platforms. Skilled in a background of web development, search engine optimization and content production, Lynn is excited to utilize over 10 years’ experience in digital marketing to help grow the ecosystems that support Africa’s very young entrepreneurs to ensure their success.

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