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Purpose

To bring the next Green Revolution to Africa by introducing farm and agribusiness technologies and practices that increase productivity and profitability.

Mission

To mechanize African agriculture!

Vision

Sustainable farms and agribusinesses that provide healthy and affordable food to all Africans and specialty products to buyers around the world.

Focus Areas

  • Water & Irrigation
  • Cultivation
  • Agri-processing
  • Transportation

Background

AYWA is a US-based 501 c3 that was formed in 2011, but it builds upon years of economic development work in Senegal and neighboring countries. The organization’s founder – Dany Bode – grew up in Senegal and, in 2002, established a vocational school in Malika, a low-income suburb of Dakar. The facility is located on a two-acre plot outside of Dakar and consists of a wood and metal workshop, small farm and ranch, canteen and retail store, and an ecotourism lodge with a pool and other retreat center amenities.

The vo-tech program and the salaries of participants are funded through the sale of handicrafts that retail under the Malika Monkeys brand.  Since inception, more than fifty youth have participated in the program and become specialists in drum making, textiles, and metalwork, engine maintenance and custom fabrication. The Malika compound has also become an ecotourism destination that has hosted more than 500 tourists, volunteers, researchers, and groups.

AYWA was effectively formed when Dany and Saidou Bah – a community leader from Keur Madiabel, Senegal – conceived of a project that involved the cultivation of a non-food biofuel – jatropha – and the introduction of a modified diesel engine that could run on jatropha seed oil .  These engine could then be used to power applications in cultivation, water management, processing and transportation.  This project was funded in 2007 by the World Bank Development Marketplace and since that time, more than 5,000 jatropha trees were planted and 15 systems with applications for pumping, tilling, grinding, decorticating, pressing and transporting have been distributed.  These systems were distributed to farmers, agribusinesses, and community-based organizations as part of rental, lease, and charitable gift schemes.

The project enabled AYWA to develop relationships with like-minded individuals in organizations like Peace Corps, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s dLab, Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Incubator, Colorado State University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise, the School of Design and Architecture at the University of Cincinnati, the Greater Good Workshop, Joint Development Associates, FlexNRJ and Mali Biocarburant, among others.

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