The term, African farmer, often conjures up images of men in overhauls doing back-breaking work with primitive equipment.
Well, there’s a young group of African farmers challenging that perception. Rwanda’s Dieudonne Twahirwa is one of them.
At only 30 years of age, he is in the process of acquiring his 4th farm.
Immediately, Twahirwa doesn’t strike one as a typical African farmer in the traditional sense.
Articulate, forward-thinking and well-groomed, he epitomises the future of farming on the continent.
The young entrepreneur shared an example of his great business sense when he acquired a friend’s tomato farm for $150 about 6 years ago.
Within 2 months, he was already making 10 times that amount.
Speaking to the Thomson Rueters Foundation, he said, "You have to link (farming) with entrepreneurship and real numbers."
Twahirwa already has a combined workforce of 1 000 farmers producing chillies that are exported around the world.
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