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Local delight: African, gluten-free snacks offer farmers a market and an entrepreneur a local future

Local delight: African, gluten-free snacks offer farmers a market and an entrepreneur a local future

IRENE KALULU, BIRD STORY AGENCY IN 2016, Tracy Vongai Mapfumo took up a job with Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe, because her backyard startup, a health foods manufacturer, wasn't paying her rent. The entrepreneur, now 29, had an education in agriculture, holding a BSc (Honours) in Crop Science from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. She had gone to UKZN after having excelled in her A-level studies and been awarded a Presidential scholarship. However, after graduating in 2014, she initially struggled to secure employment. So she volunteered at a research organisation studying underutilised plants and that was when she realised that…
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Healthy foods offer African farmers a future

Healthy foods offer African farmers a future

IRENE KALULU, BIRD STORY AGENCY IN 2016, Tracy Vongai Mapfumo took up a job with Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe, because her backyard startup, a health foods manufacturer, wasn't paying her rent. The entrepreneur, now 29, had an education in agriculture, holding a BSc (Honours) in Crop Science from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. She had gone to UKZN after having excelled in her A-level studies and been awarded a Presidential scholarship. However, after graduating in 2014, she initially struggled to secure employment. So she volunteered at a research organisation studying underutilised plants and that was when she realised that…
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