The World Food Prize Foundation

2020 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Ruramiso Mashumba

Chief Executive Officer, Mnandi Africa

Ruramiso Mashumba is a young woman farmer growing snap peas, maize, whole brown rice, sorghum, millet, gum tress and raises pigs in Marondera, Zimbabwe. She holds a BA Degree in Agriculture Business Management from the University of West England (UWE). Ruramiso is a member of the Global Farmer Network, an organization that amplifies the voice of farmers in promoting trade, technology, sustainable farming, economic growth, and food security and has been recognized as the 2020 GFN Kleckner Award recipient.  Ruramiso is the founder of Mnandi Africa, an organization that helps rural woman combat poverty and malnutrition by empowering and equipping women with skills and knowledge in agriculture, nutrition, markets and technology; assisting them access affordable and effective agro technology through an input-sharing program; and collectively purchase and sell goods and services. Mnandi's vision is to ultimately end hunger and poverty.  In 2017, Ruramiso was named an Echoing Green Fellow and is the vice chairperson for the Southern African Confederation of Agriculture Unions youth ambassadors for the region. In 2018 Ruramiso won the iconic African award for farming and agriculture and was selected for the Cornell Alliance for Science fellowship in 2019. She also won the JCI top 10 young person awards in 2019. In 2020 Ruramiso was named one of the top 1000 entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe and also recognized as one of the top 54 women in Africa.

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