Dr. Jendayi Frazer, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, has joined the board of directors at Seedo, a high-tech company providing a fully automated and controlled indoor growing machine for pesticide-free agriculture markets. Dr. Frazer is the President and CEO of 50 Ventures, LLC and Managing Partner of Africa Exchange Holdings Company. She was previously the Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for International Policy and Innovation with a particular focus on utilizing technology and applying innovative solutions to core issues of development and governance in Africa.
Dr. Frazer was sworn in as the first woman U.S. Ambassador to South Africa in 2004. During Dr. Frazer’s government service, U.S. assistance to Africa quadrupled reaching an historic high of $6.7 billion by 2008. She was presented the Distinguished Service Award in 2009 from Secretary Condoleezza Rice. She was instrumental in establishing the Bush Administration’s signature initiatives, including the $15 billion President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Millennium Challenge Account that committed $3.2 billion to well-governed African countries by 2008. At her current position at 50 Ventures, Dr. Frazer employs her extensive network of key relationships throughout the African continent to provide innovative ideas on governance, stability and security, enterprise, and risk management in the region.
“Seedo’s technology offers a fresh opportunity for Africa, where agricultural regions are suffering from the negative effects of rising temperatures and urban population growth,” said Dr. Jendayi Frazer. “I’m honored to be a part of Seedo’s mission to bring communities a convenient, low-cost way to grow pesticide-free herbs and vegetables regardless of local climate conditions and arable land constraints. The technology will support the continent’s agricultural productivity, food safety and food security.”
“Drawing on her extensive understanding of issues facing Sub-Saharan Africa, Jendayi is uniquely qualified to help support our leadership team,” said Seedo CEO Zohar Levy. “We’re thrilled to welcome her as a board member and partner towards providing consistent and uniform agricultural products with improved shelf-life for communities in need of healthy and reliable food supplies.”