NIGERIAN EMEKA OBEKWE WINS 2017 WORLD BANK IDEAS FOR ACTION INITIATIVE


A Nigerian – Emeka Obekwe has won the 2017 edition of the World Bank Ideas For action Initiative.
The award is given yearly, by the World Bank, in collaboration with the Zicklin Centre for Business Ethics Research.

Emeka Obekwe’s entry, Kitovu emerged the overall winner among over 743 proposals from 117 countries. Kitovu is a platform that matches fertilizer type and quantity, improved quality seeds and other inputs to the right soil, with the aim of creating improved market access for smallholding farmers in remote locations by using mobile and internet services to link such farmers to processors.
Beyond that, the platform also aims to link producers with farmers, and also buyers and other stakeholders in the ecosystem.

Proposals from Uganda (gifted hands) and India (Agratam) came second and third respectively.

The winner was announced by Mahmoud Mohieldin – Vice President of the World Bank Group during the annual meeting of the international Monetary Fund.