International Outreach

International outreach

In a year when international travel came to a halt, IIB continued its outreach mission and offered University of Iowa students with opportunities to engage constructively and inclusively in a global business environment. For the fifth year, IIB hosted 25 African leaders for a Mandela Washington Fellowship program, this time in a virtual format. Program alumni completed a 20-hour, in-depth virtual leadership training program as part of the IIB’s commitment to continue to engage and strengthen its network of business professionals in emerging markets. UI students had an opportunity to intern and consult for Iowa companies working globally, the U.S. Commercial Service, and companies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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2021 Impact

31

ENGAGED WITH BUSINESS LEADERS IN 31 COUNTRIES THROUGH INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

8

ENGAGED WITH EIGHT UNIVERSITIES ABROAD IN CENTRAL ASIA, CARIBBEAN, AND SUB-SAHARAH AFRICA

Atem Ernest Lefu

The Institute for International Business (IIB) awards the International Entrepreneurship Impact Award to an alumnus who has participated in an IIB entrepreneurship program and made outstanding accomplishments in their community. This year we honor Atem Ernest Lefu (Mandela Washington Fellowship 2019 Iowa Cohort), serial agri-tech entrepreneur and Agro-Hub founder from Cameroon.

Agro-Hub is one of the fastest growing agri-tech startups in West and Central Africa. The company creates markets for smallholder farmers through innovative technologies across food value chains. They work with more than 61,000 farmers across 300 communities, focusing on the cassava value chain, helping cassava farmers increase production and productivity while creating processing factories that buy cassava directly from farmers.

The company has built five small semi-automated processing factories for 15 communities and two small mobile processing factories for 50 communities. It is establishing the largest processing unit in Cameroon that will serve more than 5,000 farmers. The company has generated another branch called Njangi Finance that provides financing directly to farmers by pre-investing in their farms and giving them farm insurance to help boost production and productivity and provide a constant supply of cassava roots to the factory.