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Journey of Africa's AgTechpreneur Jamila Abass

Jamila Abass is a leader in revolution.She is the founder of M-Farm, an app that links farmers and buyers and streamlines the supply chain.This brilliant concept received numerous honours, including the acclaim of US President Barack Obama during his June 2015 visit to Kenya. Jamila is a well-known international techpreneur. She was named 2015 New African Woman of the Year, Forbes' 10 Female Tech Founders to Watch and 20 Young Power Women in Africa, Quartz's 30 African Innovators, and the 2015 100 Most Influential Africans. She is also an Ashoka, Aspen New Voices, Poptech, and Unreasonable fellow.She has appeared as a keynote speaker and influencer at AgTech and ICT for Development conferences.

Jamila Abass is the co-founder and former CEO of MFarm, a Kenyan-based agri-business start-up that provides farmers with transparency on agricultural prices, purchasing, market information, and current agri-trends. MFarm sends this information to farmers via SMS or a free web-based application available worldwide.

Abass is a computer scientist, software engineer, businesswoman, and entrepreneur.

Abass' agricultural roots began when she and her brother were children, cultivating and selling coriander and kale to neighbours. Her scholastic results inspired her to pursue a BSc in Computer Software Engineering from Morocco's Abdelmalek Essaadi University, which she finished between 2005 and 2009. Abass started working at the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in 2009, where her main task was to develop a web-based Medical Record System. In 2010, Abass worked as a Business Development Manager at Akirachix before co-founding and becoming CEO of MFarm. Abass and her co-founders, Susan Oguya and Linda Kwamboka, discovered the IPO48, a development competition for young entrepreneurs, and won first place for MFarm, using the prize money to launch the company.

Her Achievements

  • In 2014, Abass was named as one of Forbes’ 10 Female Tech Founders

  • The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes,2014

  • In 2015, Forbes listed Abass as one of the women for the 2015

  • New African Woman Women of the Year.

  • In the same year, Abass was named one of Quartz Africa’s 30 African innovators.

  • In 2018, Abass was part of’s 40 Africans Under 40.

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