Flavien Kouatcha, who is almost 30, is an example of youth entrepreneurship in Cameroon. Since he was a child, he’s always wanted to have the best job in the world and, as he likes to say, “feed the planet”. His parents and grandparents are farmers.
He has just been appointed National President of the Cameroon branch of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), an international NGO of young active and enterprising citizens that aims to be the largest global network of young people aged between 18 and 40, who are creating positive change both in their communities and in the business world.
“Save Our Agriculture”, Flavien’s company, has adapted the practice of aquaponics to the African environment, and more specifically to the Cameroonian environment. His goal was to enable Cameroonians, who mostly live in urban areas, to undertake this type of agriculture at home with no major constraints, with the advantage of having a high-quality animal and crop production at home. For Flavien, this is the future of agriculture, and we’re willing to believe him. “Aquaponics results in higher yields than traditional farming, as it requires less input – notably in terms of water – and emits 20% less carbon into the environment”, Flavien explains.