Nasir Yammama is the Winner of the Enterprise Challenge in Nigeria


Nasir Yammama – Founder of Verdant, is the Winner of the Enterprise Challenge in Nigeria.

Nasir is the founder of Verdant, an award winning start-up that provides support to rural farmers in Nigeria. The Verdant app is a farmer’s perfect companion, providing agricultural information, market intelligence and access to finance to give year-round support, from pre-planting, to harvest and beyond. In collaboration with Oxfam and GIZ, Verdant is currently conducting a pilot for 25,000 potato and rice farmers in Nigeria.

It is also planning nationwide agri-tech campaigns in partnership with Samsung Electronics. Nasir’s business received a kick-start when he won the British Council’s Enterprise Challenge competition, run in partnership with Virgin Atlantic and Zenith Bank.

As well as receiving a £5,000 grant, he also attended a mentoring session with Sir Richard Branson and was part of Entrepreneurial Africa London Showcase in 2016. Passionate about technology, design, enterprise, renewable energies, and agriculture, Nasir hopes to use the power of technology and innovation to connect the informal world of rural farmers to the formal agricultural markets.

“The networking opportunities were priceless for me and Verdant as a company. I gained the insight and friendship of amazing people and organizations from the UK and I was also able to hear their views and share mine on exploring innovative approaches to better support entrepreneurship in Africa. I left London with a firm will and renewed confidence to take Verdant to the next level.”

 

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