Andile Mkhize, a first-year Plant Production student, participated in the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) and World Food Programme (WFP) summit that was held on 2 December 2022 in Sandton, Johannesburg. The summit was attended by 100 young people from across the African continent.
The BYM is a one-stop shop for people of the African diverse community of change-makers. The theme of the summit was “Connect, Inspire, Impact: Solutions to food system challenges”.
Mkhize said the “prestigious and exclusive listing is of a high-calibre and competitive programme that recognizes, celebrates, and gives visibility to exceptional, young thinkers and innovators from across Africa who are transforming their communities through their work in science, technology, engineering, design, and innovation”.
Mkhize is the founder of Crop Kings, an Agricultural company that supplies Agricultural products to the Spar store in Melmoth, his hometown. Mkhize said that Crop Kings aims to revolutionize the agricultural industry by providing farmers with new technologies that will enable them to increase their efficiency, transparency, accountability, and profitability. He said they plant spinach, green pepper, chillies, and many more. He said they would increase the scale of productions in the coming year.
“I am incredibly proud to be selected as one of the brightest young innovators leading a new era of change in Africa, networking with other leaders across Africa and discussing solutions we can jointly execute to solve some of Africa’s pressing challenges,” said Mkhize.
The exposure they get through this programme puts young minds in a position to succeed in their roles as entrepreneurs and champions of change.
“I also got to explore various ways I can use to grow my business as a great value add in the Agricultural sector,” said Mkhize.
Mkhize said they would soon be launching “our precision farming technology solutions that are going to help farmers manage and grow their produce more efficiently.”