On 1 September, the first b|u|s Award in hybrid form took place in Arusha and in Hanover. This was made possible by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. Once 10 b|u|s graduates had been chosen via pre-selection, they presented their ideas in ten-minute pitches during the morning. Concepts presented included a solar-powered, cold storage room for agricultural products to be used collectively. Another applicant plans to set up a shop for agricultural inputs in a rural area, which is intended to avoid long journeys to the capital to fetch seeds or field equipment and to facilitate farmers’ work.
The jury was composed of Tanzanian and German members. The Tanzanian jury consisted of representatives from our Belgian Agricord partner Trias, the Belgian NGO Ricolto and the Equity Bank. On the German side, Mr Ralf Pohle from the Marketinggesellschaft der niedersächsischen Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft e. V. and Ms Marion Kenkel from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection took part, accompanied by Director of AHA international, Nicole Bolomey, and our long-standing b|u|s trainer, Kurt Hattinger.
First place went to young student Asma Amour Ali (23) from Zanzibar. She would like to use the prize to expand her parents’ family business: “I will focus on expanding my cultivable land for peppers, passion fruit, tomatoes and other vegetables, as well as broiler chicken production.” We extend our warm congratulations to Asma on her well-earned success.
Auf Grund des großen Zuspruchs ist das Ziel im nächsten Jahr ein weiteren Ideenwettbewerb durchzuführen.