Ethel Cofie und Roland Fomundam
Mousonturm Studio 1
- 24.05.2019, 6 p.m.Admission free
Ethel Delali Cofie
Roland Fomundam pioneered the development and deployment of the first solar dehydrator in Cameroon. He also introduced the mechanical water pumps, green charcoal, corn deshellers and of recent, the low cost greenhouse technology through his company GreenHouse Ventures (GHV) Ltd founded in 2014. These cost effective greenhouse farms have been instrumental in enabling farmers to produce food year round, ensuring continuous profits while saving the environment. Since inception, the company has successfully introduced greenhouse farming to Cameroon and Cameroonians in a way that has attracted and engaged more youths in the industry than usual. His models are now being emulated and replicated in other African countries like Uganda, Nigeria, Mali, Ivory Coast and Ghana where the company is currently carrying out studies for proper implementation.
Roland Fomundam holds a Master of Science in Technology Entrepreneurship and a dual Bachelors in Biology and Business Management from Northeastern University, USA. Roland is a serial entrepreneur and a lecturer in multiple Universities in Cameroon where he teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Followed by a panel with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Arlette-Louise Ndakoze (presentation), Ethel D. Cofie, Roland Fomundam, Tumi Mogorosi und Gabi Motuba.
Cast & Credits
Ein Projekt von Künstlerhaus Mousonturm und Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, gefördert von der BHF Bank Stiftung, dem Goethe-Institut und der Adolf und Luisa-Haeuser Stiftung für Kunst- und Kulturpflege.
Abstract: Demystifying the myth that plagues Agriculture in Africa towards an emerging Agricultural economy
Did you know that only 2% of American farmers feed the entire USA while over 65% of the African population involved in farming is still not able to feed the continent? In Africa, it is common to hear a farmer dying of hunger – what an oxymoron.
Agriculture in Africa is still largely subsistence. Despite the numerous potentials embedded in its core, Africans, especially the youths, continue to pass over opportunities with disregard. The image of Agriculture in Africa has been so negative making it a deterrence for any substantial investments.
Agriculture continues to be on a decline in Africa because it continues to be the occupation of the elderly. The more energetic and innovation friendly youths need to be at the forefront of agricultural industry, to adapt and adopt the new and innovative ways to make Agriculture sustainable.
Non-arguably, Agriculture has the potential to nurture a broad-based development platform if the right investments are made. The key to realizing gains in Agriculture starts by challenging and changing the narrative. Then establishing models that lead to sustainable outcomes. GreenHouse Ventures Cameroon has been pioneering this movement and preliminary results have ushered more reasons for increased investments and scale.
The fundamental question is how and why can we attract and retain the youths in the domain of Agriculture?