Samadi Rutherford is founder of the AgriSam Centre. The Centre employs four full-time and eight temporary staff.


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Samadi Rutherford runs a small agropastoral and fish farm in northern Benin. The AgriSam company he has founded specialises in the production and sale of animal feed, but is also a start-up centre for young agricultural entrepreneurs.

Mr Rutherford, why is your start-up centre for young farm managers so important?
Our vision is to solve the problems of underemployed youth – students from the agricultural sector who have either dropped out of their studies or have graduated but are nevertheless uncertain about their future. Our centre seeks to offer these people new prospects. In Benin, the population is and will remain young. And there is a high rate of poverty that results at least partly from a poorly focused education system.

What are the biggest problems young farmers face in your region?

The real problem is the lack of models of success in agricultural entrepreneurship and insufficient training.

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