A farmer at an agro shop in Kenya verifies maize seeds before purchase.
A farmer at an agro-shop in Kenya verifies maize seeds before purchase. Photo / mPedigree

The Skoll Foundation has announced mPedigree –  which uses technology to fight fakes, counterfeits and diversion of products such as medicines, cosmetics and fertilizer – as one of five winners of the 2019 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship  advances entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

“These brave entrepreneurs are on the frontlines of solving the world’s most pressing problems,” said Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation. “Each social entrepreneur may have a distinct approach, but they all share a relentless pursuit of impact and the desire to create a more just world.”

The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders whose organizations disrupt the status quo, drive sustainable large-scale change, and are poised to create even greater impact.

“These leaders have demonstrated how to spark transformative change to improve health, protect vulnerable individuals, and provide new opportunities for young people,” said Richard Fahey, Interim President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation.

Recognised organizations receive $1.5 million (Ksh150 million) in core support investments to scale their work and increase their impact. The social entrepreneurs also gain leverage through their long-term participation in a global community of visionary leaders and innovators dedicated to solving some of the biggest global challenges of our time.

Each of the 2019 winners leads an organization that shows great promise of outsized impact. Since its international expansion commenced in earnest in 2013, mPedigree has grown its footprint to touch more than 100 million beneficiaries in more than a dozen markets on three continents including countries like Nigeria,  Egypt, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and India.

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