Mandela Jones is co-founder of ROOTS Africa, a non-profit that connects academic institutions and experts in the U.S. to farming communities in Africa. The organization's mission is to combat hunger and poverty in Africa.
Mandela graduated from The University of Maryland, majoring in Agriculture and Resource Economics with a concentration in Business Administration. His interest in ROOTS Africa started after returning from a farming apprenticeship where he read books and articles on family-owned and African agriculture. Since then, Mandela has been working on ways to improve agriculture at home and abroad. When he heard about the idea behind ROOTS, he knew he needed to get involved in order to better grasp what his peers in Africa face in agriculture and to develop his problem-solving skills.
ROOTS Africa promotes and leverages collaborations between academic institutions to strengthen agricultural extension services, encourage entrepreneurship, enhance youth engagement in agriculture and increase the productivity of local farmers in Africa. Through the ROOTS Student Club and Global Classroom programs, youth and experts can initiate, support and advocate for wholistic approaches to community development.