Nasir Yammama is a Nigerian from Katsina state and the founder of the social enterprise Verdant Agritech Ltd, this 27-year-old man is using simple, low-cost technology to transform Nigeria’s agriculture sector.
At age 6,while walking on the fields with his dad, he saw workers sweating on the farm and he vowed to improve the work of farmers in Africa. In 2014, he founded Verdant AgriTech, a social enterprise to support rural farmers with mobile technologies for sustainable farming and improved food production.
The company was founded on the premise that smallholders should be able to produce more, sell more, make more profit and thereby attain an improved standard of living by using simple technologies.
Yammama began with 50 farmers in Katsina, his home state. He taught them to use their basic phones to gather market information, weather and management skills, and financial services.
Verdant Agri tech is also working with Oxfam and GIZ to help 25,000 farmers double or triple their yields.
Nasir has achieved a lot, having studied information technology and business information systems at Middlesex University, London, he has a masters in creative technology.
He was selected among 50 Global Entrepreneurs for the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, winning numerous awards including the British Council and Virgin Atlantic’s Enterprise Challenge in 2015.
This gave him the chance to be mentored by Richard Branson and receive a start-up grant for Verdant.
Forbes Africa has listed him in its “Class of 2017 30 under 30.” He also received an award for his Agri tech innovation at the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award Ceremony at Buckingham Palace England.
We celebrate a smart, passionate and young achiever, Nasir Yammama as our man crush Monday.