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TEDxTempleU - Mohamed Niang - Malo Traders LLC: The Harvest Fairy

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Uploaded on Apr 23, 2011

MOHAMED ALI NIANG is a senior International Business and Entrepreneurship major at Temple University, with minors in Economics and Corporate Sustainability. His efforts both in and out of the classroom have been widely recognized: he was part of the winning team at the 2010 Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER) International Case Competition, recipient of the 2010 Sol Tuttleman Memorial Prize, and was recognized at the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition, Temple University's Innovative Idea Competition and Pace University's Pitch Contest and National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors' Alliance. He is the founder of Malo Traders LLC, a social venture dedicated to fighting malnutrition and poverty in West Africa by purchasing and fortifying rice in micro-nutrients by small scale farmers.

In his TEDxTalk, Mohamed discusses his social venture Malo Traders LLC and how its core values and mission have led, and continue to lead, to radical change in West Africa (Mali). By tracing the history of the foundation of Malo Traders, which came about during the international food riots in 2008, Mohamed discusses the need for change to fight against what he sees as the root cause of anger and political unrest: hunger and malnutrition. Highlighting some of the practices of Malo Traders, he shows how one seemingly simple concept can help many areas of society, from those suffering from malnutrition to the farmers in poverty because of wasted crops. He ends by focusing on the three values of Malo Traders - Innovation, Collaboration, and Compassion - and points out that each of us has a passion that these values can push us forward to help solve.

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