Unlocking business opportunities with Marlene José: FFM+ in action at AASW8 side events

On Tuesday 6 June, 14h00-16h00 UTC+2, Marlene José will present her business during a side event on Unlocking business opportunities for young entrepreneurs organised by FARA, the COLEAD, YPARD and GFAR at the 8th African Agribusiness and Science Week (AASW8).  

The session will be held online and on-site in Durban, South Africa. Online participants have to register using this link.

Live interpretation in English and French will be available. 


About Marlene José and FoodCare

Marlene is the founder and CEO of Angolan agribusiness FoodCare Lda. Created in 2020, FoodCare aims to add Angolan gastronomy to the world map and to promote traditional Angolan food products by producing and packaging products that meet the highest standards set by international markets. A pioneer in the food processing sector in Angola, FoodCare produces a wide range of 100% organic products destined for local and international markets. The company establishes relationships with small food processors in Angola to collectively achieve support and training on food processing practices, business management and financial support for machinery and infrastructure. Additionally, it provides mentoring, engages with and supports the empowerment of others in the value chain. 

Marlene is an active entrepreneur and strives to create economic opportunities actors in the food industry, including local farmers and small food processors. As a panellist during the PAFO-COLEAD Innovations Session n°12 on “Entrepreneurial Skills Developed by Successful African SMEs”, she highlighted that planning and executing business goals, mastering the craft and ensuring consistency are essential to growth as an SME. Engaging in capacity building and with partners that provide support in training, skills development and access to finance has been key for FoodCare’s development. Following her participation in the Innovations Sessions, FoodCare has become a beneficiary of the Fit For Market Plus programme, implemented by the COLEAD within the Framework of Development Cooperation between the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union. Through FFM+, FoodCare will be receiving support to expand products to new customers and markets and continue to grow.  

COLEAD’s contribution is supported by its Fit For Market Plus programme, implemented within the framework of Development cooperation between the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), and the European Union (EU).
This publication is supported with the financial support of the EU and the OACPS. Its contents are the sole responsibility of COLEAD and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the EU or the OACPS.

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