Ndeye Fatou Mboup: Empowering agriculture with technology in Senegal

African German Young Leaders in Business 2023
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A local farmer in West Africa

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The founder and CEO of the startup “The Smart Granary”

Ndeye Fatou Mboup, a young and ambitious entrepreneur from Dakar, Senegal, is making waves in the technology and agricultural sectors. With her passion for harnessing the power of technology to drive positive change, she has emerged as a prominent figure in the field of agri-tech. Through her innovative startup, The Smart Granary, she aims to revolutionise the way farmers preserve their crops, contributing to increased efficiency and sustainability in the agricultural sector. Ndeye's achievements and dedication to her cause have earned her recognition both nationally and internationally, including her affiliation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) and her selection as an AGYLE young leader for 2023.

Ndeye Fatou Mboup

Ndeye Fatou Mboup (center) together with other winners of the 2019 Dakar Falling Walls Lab competition.

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Ndeye hails from Dakar, the bustling capital of Senegal. Growing up, she developed a keen interest in technology and its potential for transforming societies. She pursued her academic journey in the field of big data engineering, acquiring expertise in solar energy and satellite systems. Her educational background provided her with a solid foundation to explore her passion for integrating technology into various sectors, including agriculture.

The Smart Granary

The Smart Granary

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Driven by her desire to address the challenges faced by farmers in preserving their crops, Ndeye established her groundbreaking startup, The Smart Granary (TSG). The company's flagship product is an ecological and intelligent device that offers farmers an automated ventilation system, enabling them to extend the lifespan of their crops. By detecting unfavourable temperature conditions, the device helps prevent spoilage and wastage, empowering farmers to save time and maximise their profits. Additionally, Ndeye's team developed an Artificial Intelligence-powered application called GrainVision. This real-time monitoring system aids in identifying rotting crops or those at risk of decomposition, reducing contamination and further optimising crop preservation techniques. Through her innovative approach, Ndeye is actively contributing to sustainable farming practices in Senegal.

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Falling Walls Lab 2019 – Ndeye Fatou Mboup: Breaking the Wall of Rotten Fruits and Vegetables

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In 2019, Ndeye's entrepreneurial spirit and technological innovation caught the attention of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). She participated in the Falling Walls Lab Senegal, a competition organised by FNF, and emerged as the winner. As a result, she represented her country at the global Falling Walls Lab event held in Berlin. This achievement not only showcased her talent but also opened doors to further collaboration and support from the foundation.

Ndeye Fatou Mboup

African-German Youth Initiative 2023 Young Leaders

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Building upon her success and recognition from FNF, Ndeye was recommended to enter the AGYLE (African German Young Leaders in Business) program. AGYLE aims to empower young African leaders who are driving change in their respective fields. Ndeye's ongoing collaboration with FNF led to her selection as an AGYLE young leader for 2023. This opportunity provides her with a platform to connect with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and receive mentorship, further fuelling her mission to transform the agricultural landscape in Senegal. 

Ndeye Fatou Mboup

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Ndeye, a visionary entrepreneur and technology enthusiast, is making significant strides in revolutionising the agricultural sector in Senegal. Through her startup, The Smart Granary, she is leveraging technology to improve crop preservation techniques and empower farmers. Her achievements, including winning the Falling Walls Lab Senegal and being recognised by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, highlight her dedication and talent. As an AGYLE young leader, Ndeye continues to inspire and lead the way for a sustainable and technology-driven future in Senegal's agricultural industry.