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21 - 21 MAY 2020

To answer the question "How can Burkina Faso's fast-growing capital, Ouagadougou, feed itself in the future?" 60 young people in Ouagadougou gathered in a Makeathon. With the support of experts from the food sector and business coaches, they discovered the challenges and explored new business opportunities to answer them.

Hamado Tapsoba, regional director of Rikolto in West Africa, said: “Through the hackathon, young people are learning more about the entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges of the food industry so that they can take them into their own project ideas. looking to start their business."

The young entrepreneurs show an eagerness to make a difference in the food system of their capital. During the hackathon they could rely on the guidance of Dr. Emmanuel Sawadogo of Ki-Zerbo University.

“The hackathon encouraged me to take the next step,” says Roxane Nikiema, one of the 60 young entrepreneurs. “We could count on expert advice to help us improve our project. Immediately after the workshop I adjusted my business plan. Now I really want to develop my company further. With this experience, I am confident that I can do it.”

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