#BioData of Alfred Godwin Adjabeng

I am the founding executive director of Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement (ROFLM), a community-development-based organisation that is responsible for ensuring that young people are educated, empowered and engaged for local development in Ghana.

School Farms is ROFLM’s flagship programme. School Farms supports rural schools in Ghana to be food sufficient by creating community-driven farms to grow what they eat. Since 2014, we have piloted our programme in the Northern, Upper West and Volta regions of Ghana, in 6 schools and have served close to 20000 students. Our vision is to have two projects piloted in each of the regions of Ghana.

I am passionate about social innovation, development practice, public policy and environmental sustainability and implore innovation, creativity, collaboration and social inclusion as sustainable tools to solve communities’ challenges.

 I am a Chevening scholar at the Institute of Development Studies, the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. In August 2018, I was awarded African Youth SDG Achiever of the year by Africa Youth SDGs Summit and the UNDP. I am a recipient of the 2017 United States Embassy Ghana small grant. In November 2016, I was selected among 40 Young African Innovators to Attend Africa4Tech Conference in Morocco. In October 2016, I was among 40 young people in Ghana awarded the 2016 MBC Fellowship for our contribution to local agriculture development.

In May 2016, I came second place in the 2016 West Africa Regional Mandela Washington Fellows Regional Conference’s pitch competition. I pitched on ‘Achieving Zero Hunger in Schools-The school farms programme approach’.

In March 2016, I was a youth keynote speaker at the second Global Youth Summit on Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation in Dakar-Senegal.

In June 2015, I was awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders by President Obama.  In 2014 I was among 23 young Africans awarded SETAfrica 2014 Fellowship by Makerere University Business School in Uganda for our contribution in advancing Social Entrepreneurship in Africa.

I am the Volta Regional focal person for the development of the People’s National Youth Policy.  I still work as a community leader, leading young people to drive social change and solve its community’s greatest challenge in education, economic empowerment and livelihood sustainability, environmental sustainability and agriculture.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, a Master of Arts in development studies from the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana.

I am currently studying for aMaster of Arts degree in Governance, Development and Public Policy at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

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