An alumnus of Makerere University-Mr. Matovu Paul has won the Impact Award and US$2,500 (Shs9.2m) cash prize with three other entrepreneurs in the US$100,000 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize for 2020, alongside the prestigious Africa Food Prize.
He was drawn from a pool of Top-12 finalists from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
The overall US$100,000 prize was split between the best male and female entrepreneurs; Moses Katala, co-founder and CEO of Magofarm Limited (Rwanda) and Daniella Kwayu, co-founder and CEO of Phema Agri (Tanzania) respectively.
The winners were announced on 15th September 2020 at the Africa Green Revolution Forum Virtual Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.
Mr. Matovu studied Social and Entrepreneurial Forestry at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and graduated during the 68th Graduation Ceremony in January 2018.
His social enterprise, Vertical and Micro Gardening (VMG) combines urban micro-gardening and integrated waste management to build autonomous vertical farm towers.
The vertical farms are aimed at making urban farming a viable micro-enterprise for low and middle-income households.
They are made up of stackable wooden boxes with a vermicomposting chamber where biodegradable household waste is turned into manure by earthworms, thereby producing nutrients for the plants.