by Rachel Ogbu
Cartier today announced Ghanaian entrepreneur, Salma Abdulai, as the 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa. Salma received her award at the programme’s annual ceremony, held in Singapore for the very first time.
Salma Abdulai’s Unique Quality Product works with farmers, particularly women, in producing and processing of Fonio. The company was formed with an idea of creating sustainable livelihoods for women farmers whose lands are degraded due to its excessive usage and creating a land management system. This innovation has led to sustainable food and fodder security, agroforestry and nutrition.
Cyrille Vigneron and Ilian Mihov announced six laureates selected by an independent international jury amongst nearly 1900 applicants from over 120 countries.
In addition to receiving a year of personalised mentoring, valuable media visibility and expanding networking opportunities, each 2017 laureate will be granted a place on an INSEAD Executive Program (ISEP). This year, the prize money awarded to each laureate’s business has been increased five-fold from US$ 20,000 to US$ 100,000 in recognition of their contribution to finding innovative solutions for a sustainable future.