Mahmud Johnson is Founder and CEO of J-Palm Liberia, a Monrovia-based startup company that produces palm-oil-based consumer and industrial products and works to improve incomes for Liberia’s smallholder farmers. J-Palm Liberia provides access to improved processing machinery for smallholder oil palm farmers and has created a market for previously wasted palm kernels. J-Palm Liberia processes the palm kernels into a range of products including Kernel Fresh (organic moisturizer and hair conditioner made of virgin cold-pressed palm kernel oil). J-Palm Liberia has received awards from the Howard Buffet Foundation, the World Food Prize Foundation, Tony Blair’s African Governance Initiative, Monrovia’s Business Start-up Center, USAID and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture in Africa (RUFORUM) for its innovative approach to improving Liberia’s oil palm value chain and improving smallholder productivity. Magmud holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and a Certificate in Business Strategy from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (New Hampshire, USA).
Date: 27 March 2018