Fellow Since 2010
This description of Antoine Sombié's work was prepared when Antoine Sombié was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Antoine Sombié has created Association Wouol, the first regional-scale, commercial hybrid value chain that joins European businesses with small local women’s vegetable and fruit producers from across West Africa. Antoine’s program focuses on expanding and legitimizing organically certified food by creating health incentives for local farmers, and developing economic partnerships with food distributors such as AKCO, a major European food company. In particular, Antoine is challenging current operating standards by building a network of producers that are locally supported with benefits such as mutual health insurance and education programs, as well as professional growth opportunities.
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