Melvin Muna

2021 Fellow from Kenya

Melvin Mutisya Muna has more than four years of development experience in telecommunication engineering and agricultural development. He is a young entrepreneur and innovator who is answering the global call to address the Sustainable Development Goals on no poverty, zero hunger, and climate action. This passion led him to start Melmax Farm Fresh, a large-scale farming venture that produces chili peppers (African Bird's Eye variety) for the local and export markets. The farm also provides decent, sustainable jobs to marginalized youth and women in the Kitui region and provides training to smallholder farmers on sustainable farming practices to boost their resilience in the face of climate change. Farmers enrolled in the program have increased their yields by more than 100%, thus helping to alleviate local poverty and food insufficiency. Melvin holds a bachelor's degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Moi University and a certificate in Network Technologies (Cisco Certified Network Analyst) from the Institute of Advanced Technology. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Melvin hopes to start a large sustainable farming network in Africa where smallholder farmers receive high-quality farm inputs, technical assistance, and market links to help them prosper.

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