Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu

2010 Young Laureate, Applied Technology
Nigeria, Born 1982


Project Goal

Improve the lives of farmers in Nigeria through the development of an interactive, rural radio service

Location: Nigeria

The Smallholders Foundation, founded by Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, provides rural Nigerians with radio programming about modern farming techniques, conservation, health and other topics and also allows them to share their knowledge with other farmers.

Growing up in Nigeria, traditionally a farming nation, Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu spent his after-school hours raising poultry and cattle. After high school, as he participated in youth and citizens' associations helping farmers, Ikegwuonu quickly became aware that the rural community had little access to information about farming practices and environmental issues. In 2003, he founded the Smallholders Foundation to provide the rural community with information via the radio on contemporary agricultural techniques and environmental conservation. Ikegwuonu, who has a bachelor of arts in history and international studies and a master's degree in cooperation and development, is becoming known as a change-maker who fights poverty using new interactive technology.

In His Own Words

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