SYLVIA BANDA | ZAMBIA

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR   |   ASHOKA FELLOW

Sylvia Banda is the president of the 48 member countries of pan-African AWEP which is aimed at empowering african women alongside the objectives of the African growth opportunity act (AGOA). Sylvia runs three successful businesses in Zambia: 1. Hospitality business she provides both inside and outside catering for small, medium, large including state functions. 2. Training college. Her company trains students in catering from certificate to diploma level, she runs her university, she also exports the traditional vegetables, fruits and other food staffs to America and other countries. Sylvia owns two private universities one in Lusaka the capital city and the other one in Ndola the Copperbelt. To date: Sylvia works with rural farmers and has trained 20,800 small farmers to solar dry the vegetables and fruits from all the 10 provinces of Zambia and 5 districts from Mozambique and two provinces from Tanzania. She is an Ashoka Fellow: this is one of the prestigious awards in the world. She has been awarded the fellowship in recognition of innovations and intelligent way of promoting nutrition in the Zambian food through post-harvest training 2015 appointed by the President of the Republic of Zambia as board member and director of industrial development corporation (idc) . Sylvia is the current board chairman for Africa harvest – biotech foundation an international board. 2015 – Elected as board chairperson on Agri-Business Incubation Trust (AGBIT) 2015 – Nominated Member of African Researchers in Agriculture Committee at the African union (AU) 2015 – Invited by the British parliament to go and address parliamentarians and government officials in parliament in food and agriculture related 2015 – Appointed Continental Ambassador for EBAFOSA 2011 – Appointed Ambassador for Zambia-African Women Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) Chapter 2011 – Appointed by the president of Zambia as commissioner at the citizens economic empowerment commission, to represent the private sector 2010 – Research and Development: Introduced the canning of village chicken and goat meat, african polony, caterpillars, moringa health biscuits, traditional vegetable soups, moringa and mixed vegetable porridge, and moringa teabags 2009 – Conferred by the republic of Zambia a “recognition award for consistent contribution to the preservation and promotion of traditional Zambian cuisine” 2008 – Wrote and published Zambian cookbook, currently one of the best selling cookbooks in Zambian bookshops 2003 – Top 6 African women entrepreneurship award, by enterprise Africa, Nairobi Kenya
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