Rugiatu Favour Kanu wants to leave the future of farming in good hands. That’s why she started her business, Slay Farms, in Sierra Leone. On her 10 acres of land, Rugiatu works with other women farmers while teaching them everything she knows about sustainable agriculture. This endeavor has earned her the nickname, “The Slay Farmer.”
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Slay Farms is more than just a company; it’s also a community. By building a network of woman farmers who share their expertise, Rugiatu has created a space where women with shared goals can empower each other. The farm hosts a variety of learning events to spread information about the latest sustainable agricultural technology. It also connects farmers with a wider market for their goods.
“In a country where agriculture is a key sector and the majority of the population is engaged in farming, building relationships with other farmers can also help young agribusiness entrepreneurs understand the local context, including the challenges and opportunities that exist,” she wrote in a post on the Slay Farms Facebook page.
She continued, “By working together and supporting each other, young farmers can create a more resilient and sustainable agricultural sector in Sierra Leone, contributing to the country’s economic growth and development.”
According to SwitSalone, Rugiatu also works for the Sierra Leone Produce Monitoring Board. As a Quality Control Coordinator, she helps to make sure that local farms are putting out the best possible produce for domestic and global distribution.
Rugiatu’s dedication to promoting agricultural innovation and giving other women farmers a leg up in the industry recently earned her the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This program has taken her to Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta Georgia for academic and leadership courses that she’ll be able to apply to her work back home. Plus, it will afford her numerous networking opportunities to continue growing her agricultural community!
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