Fahad Awadh

Founder, YYTZagro

Fahad is a young entrepreneur from Tanzania. He is the founder of YYTZ Agro-Processing, a cashew processing company. YYTZ Agro has been working with rural cashew farmers in the Mtwara and Singida region to help them add value to their own crop and earn more income.

YYTZ’s flagship facility is located in Zanzibar, with a processing capacity of 2,500MT per annum. YYTZ recently won $500,000 from AGRA’s Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund competition. They are building a Cashew Farmer Processing Centre in Mtwara, Tanzania. The facility will have modern equipment and adequate storage facilities for farmers to use. Farmers are assured of a market, as YYTZ are the sole off-takers. The semi-processed cashews are purchased at a higher price; they are sent to Zanzibar for finishing before export to European markets. They provide GAP, food safety training in addition to financial literacy and business skills training for their farmer groups. By integrating them in the cashew value chain, the farmers are able to earn more from their crop. By empowering farmers, YYTZ can help alleviate poverty in rural Tanzania.

Fahad is passionate about enabling young Africans to add value and create finished products; ensuring that value remains in Africa.

Fahad has been a featured speaker at the African Union – UN dialogue at the 72nd UN General Assembly (New York, USA), SIMLESA Conference (Arusha, Tanzania), Aga Khan Development Network – Scale Talks (Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania), African Union Private Sector Forum (Pretoria, South Africa) and the International Tropical Agriculture Conference 2017 (Brisbane, Australia). Fahad was nominated for African Leadership Awards’ Young Person of the Year 2017.

Fahad has been named by Forbes’ as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa for 2017 and 2018.

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