Agricultural college shines in Africa-wide contest

The winners of this year’s African Excellence Business Awards have just been announced. An online college started by the farming community, AGRICOLLEGES international, now officially counts among the continent’s top movers and shakers

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An educational institution started by the farming community, AGRICOLLEGES international (ACI), was announced as 2021’s best global agricultural e-learning platform in the African Excellence Business Awards.

MEA Markets magazine, who organises the competition, says ACI counts among the entrepreneurs and gamechangers who moved the continent forward despite tough market conditions.

AGRICOLLEGES international: Kaven Cooper is the awards coordinator in the African Excellence programme. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi
Kaven Cooper is the awards coordinator in the African Excellence programme. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

The African Excellence programme, in which ACI participated, is in its fifth year, according to awards coordinator Kaven Cooper. It is an initiative to honour movers and shakers annually across different sectors.

He says, “As always, it has been a delight to reach out to all of the winners of this year’s programme. I offer my sincere congratulations, and I am very proud of all of you. I wish you the very best of luck for the year ahead, and for the remainder of 2021.”

At a time when ACI offers cloud-based e-learning, Cooper adds that Africa looks set to prove itself as a vital business hub in the future. “At a time when countries all over the world struggled for normalcy, many businesses in Africa capitalised and took the opportunity to grow and thrive.”

Students from 34 different countries

With students across Africa, ACI is a leading cloud-based e-learning institution.

It uses world-class technology to address the agricultural education gap in Africa and beyond by providing students with affordable, accessible and industry-relevant education and training, says marketing manager Laurika du Bois.

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To date, ACI has students and alumni from 34 different countries in South Africa, Africa and elsewhere.

Its other accolades include being named as one of the 30 most inspiring digital innovations of 2020 by a Dutch organisation and reaching the semi-final stages of the Futures Project in Germany and the Global Education Start-up Awards in 2020.

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