Ecton Agribusiness project
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Agriculture is crucial for developing countries and has a huge role to play in meeting the sustainable development goals especially the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger. Central among our objectives is to build a fairer society and a more sustainable future for all by directing agricultural activities to agroforestry and other ecologically rich areas with higher returns that will provide an income to poor farmers while enabling the production of environmental services. By targeting poor land owners we expect to help create equality and sustainable communities. To measure our success we shall consider the achievement of the following specific goals: jobs created along the value chain from workers in the field to distributors. the number of land owners reached against set targets. The income level changes among households. The land placed under crop production through the project. Percentage increase in farm productivity.
Sustainability and future plans
Landowners will be able to apply through our website to be considered for the program. We shall also have the options for those who lack access to internet to visit us at our offices. The applications will then be screened against set criteria and successful applicants will be notified to visit us and sign contracts enabling a less risky partnership. The initial capital will be sourced from personal savings and loans but as the project becomes more established and trustworthy, we will seek investors to inject capital for investing in specific areas. With time we shall seek to build partnership with other organizations along the value chain to create a ready market for our produce. The other possible sources of capital include: Individual investors and angels. There are many individuals who wish to invest in agribusiness but lack access to land or the patience required to maintain farmlands. Starting a farm is complicated because it encompasses so much. Farmers usually must consider business planning, finding land, securing financing, marketing, production knowledge, securing equipment and their vision for their farm. The Ecton private investors initiative will seek to match up the investors with landowners that need capital. The investors will inject the capital into the project which will be used to facilitate the farmlands. In this regard certification schemes will be established to assure the investors that their money is going to finance the agricultural activities they are interested in. Economic development organizations. In order to reach a wider populace we shall seek the support of state, local and international Non-governmental organizations with a keen interest on promoting agriculture in accessing funds and developing markets for the productions. In the future we hope to achieve the following specific objectives: Provide technical assistance and capacity building training to farmers. Provide international support for agricultural marketing and brand development to identify and capitalize on high-price.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Becton is a 25 year old Public Accountant and B com -Finance Undergraduate with interest in Community development and agribusiness. I believe that simple solutions are often the best solutions to big problems. I recently completed my Bachelor of commerce degree at the University of Nairobi and the certified public accountants qualifications in 2014. I have also been engaged in various organizations including Citi Bank and Stopless energy enterprise where I have gained transferable skills and experience. During my studies, I also undertook a range of online and open courses including psychology, leadership and management which have been instrumental in my successes so far. In the past I have had the opportunity to lead various organizations including the Finance and Investment students Association with a focus on inspiring university students into excellence in all aspects of life I believe in doing all you can in the present with the little resources and capabilities within your reach.