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Our Youth of the Month is Ambe Standley Chenwi! Ambe Standley Chenwi is a Senior Agriculture Technician and Agro Pastoral Entrepreneur who studied Agriculture and Rural Production from the Regional College in Bambili and graduated as a farm Manager with an HND in management in Farm Enterprises.
Upon graduation he volunteered with the Sustainable Runs for Development SURUDEV as head of Division of Agriculture and Environmental Education,leading campaigns for tree planting, environmental education with the Project Green school and Trees for the future in Nkambe, Ndu and in the Kom Wum forest where he worked as a consavertionist, training farmers on Bee farming, market garderning and water catchment protection using eco friendly trees like Acacia and Terphocia, and the medicinal Pronos Africana.
In 2016 he was recruited to work for the Bamenda University of Science and Technology as Farm Manager a position he had as duty to train University students in the farm, coordinate the construction of a green house with Green House Venture, manage the animal and livestock farm with the Feed Mill.
April 2016 he left for ECO Farm in Bangui in the Central African Republic where he worked as Farm Manager in Yomboro Village in a market Gardening project and a pig production Farm. Later that year the crisis intensify in Bangui and he returned home in Bamenda and Nazareth Agro Pastoral Training Centre Menteh in Nkwen took him as Lead Trainer for Animal Production for the project JEA Juene which is a partnership project of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Industry which is aim at Building the Capacity of Young Agro Pastoral Entrepreneurs in Cameroon in the North West, Centre , South and Litoral Regions.
After working for 1 year he was then admitted by Agro Studies in ISRAEL to study precision Agriculture from 2017 to 2018. During his time in Israel he worked at Ozer Epraim a green house farm.
In September 2018 he returned home and started a start up Called High Land Farm Africa, an Enterprise they are still growing in Bamenda.
Today while working with another Youth Lead Organisation Called Global Youth Transformative Aids they have been able to trained more than 2000 young people in Livestock, Crop production and Vegetable Farming.
They started the Cameroon Youth Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Program this year and they have trained Students from the Technical School of Agriculture Bambili, Regional College of Agriculture Bambili, Bamenda University of Science and Technology, College of Technology in the University of Bamenda. They have done this in the domain of Rabbitary, Poultry, Piggery, Feed Production and Mushroom. As a start up one of our Challenges is Capital and Land in running a Training Farm for Young People in Cameroon.
“When I die hand my Garden folk to my first son, tell him the farm is the richest bank next to the grave Yard” said Ambe as one of his best quote.
On Awards and Recognition
Ambe Standley Chenwi has been decorated with honors and congratulations as recognition for his service to humanity and fight for zero hunger through agriculture.
CAMACA Award for Best Young Social Entrepreneur in fighting Zero Hunger in Cameroon 2019.La Liberty Award for Best Longevity Poet for Black Swagger Poetry Slam 2019. YOCICOPO Motivational Award.
Young People Contributing Positively for Change in Bamenda 2019. National Business Challenge. National Price for Excellence Best Agriculture Project Holder 2019 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education Yaounde Cameroon 2019.
His Advice to the Youths
My advise to many young people is that Oil, Timber, Diamond ,Gold will get finish but the soil will remain. He who plough the soil well get paid well.Young people should be hard working, have Tenacity of Purpose that is kill fear and stay focused. There is no country in the world that ever Developed with Agriculture in its political agenda. For Young people to grow and be leaders of the next generation we must have passion,Love, and Purpose for what we do.The only thing I can spend the rest of my life doing now is Farming.
Learn more about his startup agro-company High Land Farm Africa
Who will be the Next Youth of the Month?
You can be the next O4C Youth of the Month! All you have to do is get someone to nominate you or nominate yourself by filling out the nomination form here. We want to use our platform to recognize and celebrate the efforts of amazing Young Change-makers in Cameroon.