In 2016, Abrhame Endrias, Managing Director of Green Agro Solution PLC, won a young innovators competition supported by the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Syngenta, Toyota Academy Kenya, and the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN). The competition was designed to help young East African innovators attract investors to their agribusinesses and ultimately support locally driven solutions for greater East African food security. This is exactly what Abrhame accomplished.
In February 2018, Abrhame established the Sagure Farm Service Center, a “one-stop farming solution,” 200km south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The center provides farm inputs, vet drugs, animal feed, and mechanization services. It also employs highly skilled staff that provide information, services and training for smallholder farmers. The center is helping Ethiopian farmers make the step from subsistence to commercial production.
“The Young Innovators Agribusiness Competition was an eye-opening experience where I met other young agripreneurs and networked with various partners to craft my idea. It helped me to see "one stop farming solution" concept from a different perspective,” said Abrhame.