2023 Leading African women in Food Fellowship (LAWFF) Program

The Leading African Women in Food Fellowship is an ambitious program aimed at supporting changemakers who are making outstanding contributions/impact in the African food ecosystem. This initiative amplifies, celebrates, champions, and advances the work of these female food changemakers.

Abueng Leepile

Abueng Leepile hails from the tranquil village of Madibe Makgabana in the North West province of South Africa, where her passion for community-supported agriculture and sustainability took root. As a dedicated farmer, Abueng cultivates a diverse range of vegetables, including butternuts, tomatoes, peppers, and cabbage, and also tends to livestock. 

Recognizing the vital role of youth in agriculture in ensuring sustainability and food security for future generations, Abueng embraced the path of an agripreneur to take control of her own destiny and make a meaningful impact in her community. As a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative Network (YALI), she continuously strives to enhance her skills and knowledge as a businesswoman and a leader. Abueng's true passion lies in empowering her generation, particularly young girls, to unlock their full potential and become the best versions of themselves. 

Abueng's dedication and accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. She was honored as one of the 100 South African Shining Stars for 2020 by Inside Education. Additionally, her outstanding contributions to the agricultural sector led to her inclusion in the prestigious list of the 50 most powerful women in South Africa in the Harvesting category by Mail & Guardian in 2022. 

Operating with a collaborative mindset, Abueng's company thrives on partnerships with associates and industry leaders who share their commitment to excellence. These strategic collaborations provide Abueng's company with the expertise and competencies necessary to fulfill its mandate and exceed stakeholders' expectations.


Bokamoso Abu Farms




South Africa