Bringing Innovation And STEM Education To Our Farming Community


Farmers Friend is a social enterprise that works with youth in the Touba community, with the goal of introducing innovation, STEM education and Digital Arts to rural communities through activities and routines that already exist in their lives, like agriculture.



With the kids as the entrepreneurs and problem solvers it introduces an entrepreneurial mindset early on, allowing them to apply methods and strategies to problem solving in their communities, now and in the future.

STEM Education, a term initiated by the National Science Foundation, is an educational approach which focuses on one or more of the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Our goal as a social enterprise to find sustainable solutions to social problems in rural communities.

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Introducing Our Pilot Program Touba Plastic 

Research and Resources

Primary Areas of Interest


Why it’s important kids learn about modern agriculture

 Kelsey Pope

  1. Future of agriculture: For one, the future of agriculture as we know it is up to the next generation. These kids will grow up to be future decision makers, influencers, government officials, and just general consumers. The more they know NOW about how food is raised, and why we raise it this way, the better they will understand it in the future and protect it, instead of trying to change what we do. Sustainability is teaching the next generation about agriculture so they can carry on the legacy.


What is Additive Manufacturing?

April 12, 2025

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a transformative approach to industrial production that enables the creation of lighter, stronger parts and systems.

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3D Printing

3D printing, also known as additive printing technology or additive manufacturing (AM), creates complex objects of endless variety. Designers and engineers fashion their ideas from sketches to blueprints using digital programming. Not that different from Gutenberg’s press, a 3D printer then prints the object as thousands of thin layers of material, accurately placing and adhering each layer one after the other.


Using additive manufacturing applications for design and development of food and agricultural equipments

Int. J. Materials and Product Technology, Vol. 58, Nos. 2/3, 2019

: Additive manufacturing (AM) plays a vital role in the globalised world as it provides innovative technologies to manufacture customised parts with different materials in different volumes. Food and agriculture sector needs extensive customisation towards designing and development of types of equipment. Through this paper, we are proposing an extensive usage of AM in these sectors. AM is capable for designing/production of customised/innovative food items such as coffee, pizza, burger, biscuits, cakes, chocolates and other everyday food items as per the required volume of ingredients, shape and colour. AM brings innovation in the agricultural sector, with its capability to produce customised physical models and making them directly for use onto the farms. It enables testing of obtained design towards flaws/productivity before the actual production of agricultural equipment in the factory. A farmer can be provided ergonomically useful and customised agricultural equipment as per the need of shape, size and design.

Int. J. Materials and Product Technology, Vol. 58, Nos. 2/3, 2019

Our Team

Farmer's Friends


Maimouna Mbacke

Founding Friend

Since 2015, Maimouna has dove deeply into a variety of marketing and entrepreneurial ecosystems. From global luxury corporations to seed stage start ups. Her years of experience in these environments shaped her values in innovative solutions, and strategic planning. 
After diving into the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She knew the patterns of innovation and entrepreneurship were very much alive in her home country of Senegal, where innovative strategies were executed by her grandparents and community particularly in the Mouride brotherhood. These strategies were designed to ensure a smooth transition of leadership and of entrepreneurial resources such as agriculture resources and networks.


Scott Gillespie

Founding Friend

As Founder and Director of the Jigsaw Group, Scott and his export accelerator team, connect: founders, talent, customers, markets, and channels; with global opportunities. Jigsaw Group has delivered outcomes and programs, for a variety of entities. For universities, Scott has: forged market links for technology transfer offices, plus developed and delivered courses on: risk management, innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic marketing, and helped establish research centers with global links and funding. For startups, Scott has architected mentoring programs for: new market entry, startup founders, women entrepreneurs, winners of startup competitions, growth (export) stage businesses, and angel investors.   Jigsaw Group has a keen interest in supporting not-for-profits including: Sydney Angels, INJAZ, and Yacht Aid Global (YAG) which transports education and medical supplies to disaster areas; using mega yachts. Scott has delivered outcomes and programs for government agencies from bootcamps in Tanzania and Jakarta; to entrepreneurship training in Saudi and Dubai; to incubator and accelerator support across the GCC and Australia. For corporates Scott has helped with top line growth like first 100 day roadmaps after private equity’ investment and new market development with regional headquarter establishment and skilling programs.

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Thank you for your interest in our research and effort to integrate STEM sciences to our rural community. Get in touch with us for any questions or comments regarding our work.

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