Ugandan Entrepreneur Nominated for International Business Peace Award

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Josephine Okot, The proprietor Victoria Seeds Ltd, has been nominated for the inaugural Business Peace Award scheduled for May 14th in Oslo Norway. Okot is the proprietor of Victoria Seed Ltd, a seed company that delivers quality seed to small scale farmers. The company also deals in seed research, production, processing and markets over 100 seed varieties of cereal, legume, vegetable, oil and forage crops for farmers. Okot has been jointly nominated with Dr. Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese-born British billionaire, and several other nominees from Sweden, USA, Saudi-Arabia, and China. The Business Peace Awards are in recognition of businesspersons who, through their own actions and commitments, promote socially responsible and ethical business practice in an outstanding way. The winner will be selected by a committee comprised of Prof. Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006), Dr. Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2004) and Prof. Michael Spence (Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic Sciences 2001). Okot is also the winner of the YARA Prize for a Green Revolution in Africa for her pioneering work with the agriculture input sector and being an outstanding example of a new generation of African entrepreneurs willing to take risks, take the lead and break new ground within African agriculture. in 2006, she was named the leading woman entrepreneur by Business in Africa Magazine and in 2007, her company won the Investor of the Year Award, by Uganda Investment Authority. Victoria Seeds Ltd now has processing and research facilities in Kawanda and Gulu.


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