Jamila Abass

Food Security | Kenya

2015 New Voices Fellow


Jamila was recently named as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders from Africa. Prior to the YGL initiative, Jamila was CEO and Co-Founder of M-Farm, seeking to help farmers trapped in subsistence agriculture move into commercial farming by leveraging available mobile technology to provide needed real-time information and incentivise collective action. Using their mobile phones, farmers can send simple inquiries and gain access to real-time price information for specific crops in the regions in which they live. By incentivizing entrepreneurial activity and collective action, M-Farm helped usher in a wave of commercial farming led by smallholder farmers. Jamila is a 2013 Ashoka fellow.