Fellowship Year: 2024
Nationality: Ethiopia
Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Organisation: Guaro Farms


Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Organisation: Guaro Farms

Professional History: Kidist Amedie is the Chief Executive Officer of Guaro Farms, an award-winning initiative for food processing. Guaro Farms processes food directly at the farm gate using micro-factories in shipping containers that it calls 'first mile' processing. By doing so, it seeks to revolutionise the agricultural supply chain and contribute to sustainable practices in the sector. By processing spices immediately, it helps smallholder farmers - many of whom are women - adopt international requirements and eliminate contamination and food fraud adulteration.

Kidist is an architect and product designer addressing rural poverty and advancing sustainable development. With more than five years of hands-on experience, she is actively contributing to rural community and livelihood improvement initiatives, particularly in underserved regions.

She also started and managed a sustainable, integrated urban farm pilot that operates with zero waste, actively sequesters carbon, and consistently yields bountiful produce with minimal resource input.

She serves on the board of Joyful Life Ethiopia, a local nonprofit organization. She volunteers her architectural expertise and organizational skills to support their mission of enhancing the lives of children with disabilities and their communities in Ethiopia.

Academic and professional credentials: Ethiopian Institute of Architecture and Building Construction (EIABC) degree - 2014,

Programs: Acumen Gender Equity and Advancement Accelerator Fellow
YALI Fellow
Jasiri Fellow


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