Reimagining the future of
African agriculture

The AYuTe Africa Challenge awards cash grants of up to US$1.5 million annually to the most promising young agritech innovators across Africa—creative professionals who are using technology to reimagine farming and food production across the continent.

For over four decades, Heifer International has been a trusted partner for smallholder farmers across Africa. Now, we’re eager to support them by combining the power of African youth with the many possibilities of emerging technologies—a transformative force we call AYuTe.

Why AYuTe?

The AYuTe Africa Challenge is offering something new for African agriculture. It combines features of prize competitions and business development initiatives to translate the energy and ideas of young African innovators into meaningful impact for African farmers.

The 2021 AYuTe Africa Challenge will award cash grants totaling US$1.5 million.


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Meet the AYuTe Africa Champions

West Africa 2021


Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, the founder of ColdHubs, is recognized for his work helping smallholder farmers in Nigeria access affordable and sustainable ways to keep their produce fresh and cool. ColdHubs now owns and operates dozens of compact, walk-in, solar-powered coolers at rural produce markets in central Nigeria, and Ikegwuonu has big plans for further growth.

East Africa 2021

Hello Tractor

Entrepreneur Jehiel Oliver is recognized for his work harnessing the power of technology to enable African farmers to access the machinery they need to boost their productivity and sustain their livelihoods. Oliver’s company, Hello Tractor, is already active in 13 African countries and Oliver plans to expand its reach across the continent.

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Announcing the Champions of the Inaugural AYuTe Africa Challenge

Young entrepreneurs across Africa are forging paths to a promising future for their generation. In support of their innovative spirits, Heifer International created the AYuTe Africa Challenge, an annual competition that awards cash grants to promising young agritech innovators across the continent — professionals who are using technology to reimagine farming and food production in Africa.