Backpack Farm is one social business that is attempting to shift the way things have been done, that is, the way the West approaches Africa, primarily through a vision of conflict and aid. Instead, founder Rachel Zedeck, sees entrepreneurship as a viable opportunity.
"As part of the Suganic family of initiatives, the Backpack Farm facilitates income generation, human resources development, capacity building training, enhanced nutrition models, gender equality, conservation farming and water management techniques to stabilize both food and human security models in Africa’s developing economies," the company says on its website about the holistic program that focuses on women and girls through its model.
Zedeck has worked in many so-called post-conflict countries such as Kenya, Southern Sudan, Iraq, Kosovo and Jordan, where she encouraged social entrepreneurship initiatives. The organization was a 2010 SEED AWARDs winner.
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