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.


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Lynne Odiwa
FELLOW

Lynne Odiwa is a social entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Nature's Best Green Culture, a women-owned and women-led social enterprise driven by a mission to enhance food security and nutrition by promoting the cultivation, processing, and distribution of indigenous vegetables that are both healthy and affordable. 

Working closely with women smallholder farmers in rural Kenya, Lynne focuses on growing and producing nutrient-dense indigenous vegetables such as African nightshade and spider plant. These vegetables are then processed and supplied to consumers in Nairobi, contributing to improved nutrition and well-being in urban populations, particularly in the face of prevalent noncommunicable diseases like diabetes. By supporting the livelihoods of rural farmers, Lynne uplifts local communities and strengthens the agricultural sector. 

Lynne's outstanding contributions to transforming the Kenyan food system have been recognized with the prestigious Most Innovative Business Solution Award in the 2023 National Bank of Kenya (NBK) You've Got Business Challenge. She has also participated in mentorship and capacity-building programs such as JAMII Femmes by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Women in Africa, and the Absa Bank SHE STARS Program, further honing her skills and expanding her network. 

Driven by her passion for agribusiness and the transformation of Kenya's food ecosystem, Lynne draws on the potential of Africa's indigenous foods and vegetables. Before her foray into agribusiness, she gained valuable experience in research and communication within private and development sectors in Kenya. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and public Relations from Moi University in Kenya.

ORGANIZATION

Nature's Best Green Culture

TITLE

Co-Founder

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

Kenya

PROGRAM YEAR

2023

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