AquaRech is an agtech social enterprise focused on ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth of the aquaculture industry. And Okech was selected for the programme having recently developed a sensor, linked to an app, that is helping fish farmers reduce their grow-out cycles, source quality feed and find new routes to market – all for under $50 a year.

By liking farmers directly to a range of traders online the platform is also helping to reduce the incidence of jaboya, also known as “sex for fish” – by which fishermen would sell to those traders who granted them sexual favours – which plagued the traditional fish sales process.

The Obama Foundation Leaders Africa program seeks to build a growing network of innovative and ethical changemakers who will drive positive change in their communities, the continent, and the world. As a result of Covid-related restrictions this year it will be a six-month, non-residential, virtual program for 35 emerging leaders from across the continent, running from January to June 2022.

This year’s programme will focus on honing leadership skills, building deep relationships with fellow leaders, and exploring how to drive, scale, and make sustainable change. Participants will discuss a wide variety of regionally-focused and global issues with thought leaders in government, civil society, and the private sector from across Africa and the Obama Foundation’s global network. Upon graduation, this group of leaders will join a pan-African community of like-minded changemakers and will become part of a lifelong Obama Foundation community with access to a deep network of support.

The virtual Leaders Africa program seeks to identify exceptional leaders in government, civil society, and the private sector who have a clear issue-focus and who can illustrate the impact of their work. Its objective is to build a network of leaders with integrity, who create positive, innovative change in their communities, throughout Africa, and across the globe.

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