Meet Fahad Awadh: Chief Cashew Officer of YYTZ Agro-Processing

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Welcome to the Agricjournalist blog! Last week, we learnt something new about the cashew industry in Tanzania and how YYTZ Agro-Processing is transforming that sector. There is a link to Part 1 below click on the link to know more about YYTZ Agro-Processing. In this post, we will introduce you to the brain behind YYTZ Agro-Processing.

Who is Fahad Awadh?

Fahad Awadh is the co-founder and Chief Cashew Officer of YYTZ Agro-Processing. He is a passionate entrepreneur who has always wanted to make an impact in Tanzania, his country of birth.

Fahad was born in Tanzania but moved to Bahrain when he was two years old with his family. He later moved to Canada, where he attended an International Business and Technology program that taught him the values of entrepreneurship at a young age. He started his first business when he was in grade eight, selling custom-made t-shirts.

Entrepreneurial Journey

Fahad continued to pursue his entrepreneurial endeavors throughout his university years, where he studied business administration. He launched several ventures, including a media production company and a food delivery service. He also participated in various competitions and programs that exposed him to different entrepreneurship and social innovation aspects.

Fahad always knew that he wanted to return to Tanzania someday and create value there somehow. He was inspired by his father, who was a pilot and had travelled around the world. He also felt a deep connection to Tanzania through his annual visits during summer holidays.

In 2014, Fahad decided to move back to Tanzania and explore the opportunities there. He initially started a juice company called Coco Beach Fresh Juice Bar, which offered healthy and refreshing drinks made from local fruits. However, he soon realized that he wanted to do something more impactful and scalable.

He discovered that there was a huge potential in the cashew sector, which was largely untapped and underdeveloped. He saw that there was a gap between the farmers who grew the cashews and the consumers who enjoyed them. He also learned that most of the raw cashews were exported without being processed locally, leaving behind little value for the farmers and the country.

YYTZ Agro-Processing was founded

Fahad decided to take on this challenge and create a company that would optimize the cashew value chain in Tanzania. He partnered with his brother Ali Awadh, who had experience in finance and logistics and founded YYTZ Agro-Processing in 2016.

Fahad Awadh is the co-founder and Chief Cashew Officer of YYTZ Agro-Processing

Fahad Awadh Achievements

Since then, Fahad has been leading YYTZ Agro-Processing with a vision of building an inclusive and sustainable cashew industry in Tanzania. He has been recognized as one of the most influential and innovative entrepreneurs in Africa, winning several awards and accolades for his work. He has also been featured in various media outlets, such as Forbes, CNN, and BBC.

Social contributions

Fahad is not only a successful entrepreneur but also a social leader who cares about the well-being of his community and his country. He is involved in various initiatives that support youth empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship. He is also a mentor and a speaker who shares his insights and experiences with aspiring entrepreneurs and changemakers.

Why should you care about YYTZ Agro-Processing and Fahad Awadh?

YYTZ Agro-Processing and Fahad Awadh are examples of how entrepreneurship can be a powerful force for positive change in the world. They show how a social enterprise can create value for all its stakeholders, from the farmers who grow the cashews to the women who sort them, to the consumers who enjoy them.

They also demonstrate how a young entrepreneur can follow his passion and purpose, and make a difference in his home country. They inspire us to think big, act boldly, and pursue our dreams with courage and determination.

Agric journalist supports game changers like Fahad Awadh in Africa.  Together, we can cultivate a brighter future for agriculture in Africa.

If you are interested in learning more about YYTZ Agro-Processing and Fahad Awadh, you can visit their website YYTZ Agro-Processing or follow them on social media.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and learned something new about the cashew value chain in Tanzania. If you did, please share it with your friends and family, and leave us a comment below. We would love to hear from you! Thank you for reading!

PART 1: How YYTZ Agro-Processing is transforming the cashew value chain in Tanzania

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