Nthanda's Integrated Farm

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Explain your idea in details:

The main idea is to operate an integrated farm which will combine rare poultry, fish, fruit and vegetable production. The farm will have a hatchery for poultry and fish, tree nurseries, and vegetable gardens. I have chosen these because production is minimal in Malawi and it can be a profitable enterprise if invested in. 20% of the poultry and fruit trees will be distributed to the youth in the neighboring communities for them to raise and earn a living, 60% will be sold off to generate income and 20% will be raised on the farm. Vegetables will mostly be sold off to hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. A youth cooperatives will be formed to where they will learn production and marketing. Start-up capital, in terms of inputs will be provided. The main objective is contribute to the economic growth of Malawi by specifically providing decent employment to the youth in the community, imparting knowledge to the youth to establish their own enterprises, contributing to food security of the communities, improving nutrition status of children in the communities, minimizing imports and maximizing export of the products to be produced at the farm. The main activities will be designing the layout of the farm (land already acquired), construction of poultry shades, construction of greenhouses, construction of staff houses, construction of fish ponds, borehole drilling, procurement and installation of solar power system, incubators, livestock, fish fingerlings, seeds and start-up feed for fish and livestock. Subsequently, the farm will be able to sustain its own production of feed, livestock seed, fish fingerlings and propagation of fruit trees. These will be sold, raised on the farm and some distributed to youth in communities around the farm to enable them be economically sustainable and with good nutrition and health.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The impact of the idea is contribution towards Sustainable Development Goal #1 No Poverty, #2 Zero Hunger,#3 Good Health and Well-Being and #8-Decent Work and Economic Growth. With the engagement of youths on the farm and through their own small enterprises, unemployment and poverty levels will drastically be reduced as income is enhanced. 65% of the population of the Malawi are youths, and if youth are empowered the nation in return is empowered. Major outcomes are to increase number of youths involved in farming and agribusiness in the area from 12 (quick baseline survey I conducted) to 50 (50% women) by year 2020; increase in household income from annual average of US$ 320 to US$1000 by year 2020. The main outputs include annual production of i) chickens -2000, ii) ducks - 500, iii) Guinea fowl - 500, iv) Quails - 3000, v) pigeons - 3000, vi) Turkey - 200, vii) fish fingerlings -5000, viii) propagated fruit seedlings -150,000, ix) indigenous trees -100,000, x) vegetables 1500kgs by the year 2020.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

Currently 26.5 acres of land has been secured in Mchinji, Central Malawi and a 1 ton pick up to help ferry materials and produce. Low cost but decent housing for workers and poultry using locally available materials will be built. Next will be the erection of shades for the tree nurseries and greenhouses as well as excavation of fish ponds. These activities will be occurring while procurement of necessary equipment for the poultry housing, greenhouses and fish ponds is also happening. Procurement of inputs, poultry eggs, fish fingerlings, vegetable and tree seeds as well as propagated fruit seedlings will be the last. The produce from the farm will be: day-old and grown local chickens, ducks, turkey, guinea fowl and quails, fish and fish fingerlings, herbs and spices (rocket, parsley, mint, garlic, ginger, chillies, and paprika) which are rarely found on the market. Tree seedlings (fruit and indigenous) will be produced and sold. The targeted customers include Government Departments, NGOs who are implementing livelihoods projects, restaurants, hotels and supermarkets. With customers/markets already available, it will be a matter of getting in touch with them, explain the products we can offer, listen to their needs and agree the terms. Other customers advertise in local newspapers their needs, which we can respond to. Revenue for the farm will be generated through sales of these products. I expect a profit margin of 20-25% in the first 2 years which could rise to 35%. Currently financing of the enterprise is through personal savings from current job as well as a small enterprise I own which supplies goods and services to NGOs, Government Departments and Institutions. Having access to loans is chaos in Malawi thats why use of personal savings was opted to financing the enterprise through savings.

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Your profile

I am a young man, 31 years of age. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Irrigation Engineering from Bunda College of agriculture of the University of Malawi now (Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources) in August 2009. Ever since I have been working in Government as an Irrigation Engineer implementing irrigation projects throughout Malawi. During my college years, I did a project on the integration of Livestock production, Aquaculture and Vegetable Production as part of my course work. The project yielded excellent results, however, up-scaling of student projects in Malawi is a problem as mostly a) finances are a problem and b) students are not taken as innovative enough to contribute solutions to the problems affecting the country. This gave me the drive to have the project implemented on a larger scale for others to copy and replicate. In my years working with farmers, I have realized that farming in Malawi is about subsistence farming in the rural areas. Despite several trainings and interventions towards the farmers to change their mindset and take farming as a business, farmers still cling to farming for food security. There are several opportunities in the country for commercial rare livestock, vegetable and fish production. With high unemployment rates among the youths, the idea of the project will help the rural youth farmers to open their eyes and embrace the culture of commercial farming and attain self-reliance and creation of employment. The idea will help fellow youths in Malawian to develop in all aspects of life by using the readily available natural resources in Malawi, land and water.

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Comments

August 31, 2017 23:26

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.
Shuhra

August 31, 2017 22:21

There are just a few hours before the end of this wonderful competition and I want to thank you for all you did here, especially your contribution to my project. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and never give up on your dreams! Be a dreamer! That is the most important characteristic in life!
Best regards,
Andrei

August 31, 2017 21:39

Hello fellow passenger,

You might have heard the famous song "What I've done" by Linkin park. The lyrics have been beautifully carved by the late singer Chester Bennington. The song covers the ways in which our so called development has helped only a handful of the upper society members, whereas people are still living in poverty.

We have a great platform here which is urging super brains from around the world to come together and collaborate with their ideas and help make this world a better place to live in. You have been a part of this community and I congratulate you on your effort that you have put in.

Thanks once again and all the best for the future
Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 20:30

hi,
All the best for your project.As today is the last day of competition I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.

August 31, 2017 20:30

hi,
All the best for your project.As today is the last day of competition I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.

August 31, 2017 19:55

Comrades,
In this fight for a sustainable future, what we need is innovation; something which is not necessarily new, but which makes us look at things from a different angle.

I believe this is one of the major motives of this community which we are a part of. Taking one step together hand in hand towards our goal is the only way we can achieve it.

So I wish you the very best in this endeavour of yours and hope to see you together in the new tomorrow

Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 17:42

Yes, it was a wonderful journey !
a. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal?
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
c. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
Thank You !
Truly, Shuhra K, Afghanistan

August 31, 2017 17:18

Hi
We are reaching the end of this edition and you are still fighting.congradulations for the spirit.just go out there and show the world that you are an innovative person and that this platform is the best.thank you and good luck

August 31, 2017 17:14

What a journey! I am truly amazed.
I read so many good thoughts including yours. UNESCO did a truly amazing job. And if you have already not read it, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Bye for now!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 31, 2017 16:49

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU FOR READING MY PROPOSAL. I HAVE READ AND EVALUATED YOUR INITIATIVE AND I CANNOT BUT HELP GIVING IT MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO THINK OF SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA, I WONDER?
ONCE GAIN A BIG THANK YOU FROM MY SIDE.
SK

August 31, 2017 05:42

Hi, it's great to read your innovative idea which could help our community in different aspects. It is not easy to go through all the stages and congratulation for your great ideas, hope to see your idea will come true soon.
I would like to invite you to read, comment and even vote for my idea 'Boosting economic growth in Africa with solar energy'. If you find it great, please also share it with your friends. Thank you very much.

August 30, 2017 23:21

MY GREETINGS TO YOU!
SO HOW IS IT GOING? I HAVE READ AND EVALUATED YOUR INITIATIVE AND I CANNOT BUT HELP GIVING IT MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO THINK OF SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA, I WONDER?
ON A DIFFERENT NOTE, CAN YOU PLEASE GO THROUGH MY EDU-CELL ENTRY? AND IF YES, THEN I WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD VOTE FOR IT.
A BIG THANK YOU FROM MY SIDE.
SK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 30, 2017 22:59

Dear Leader,

We are coming to the end of this awesome competition and I appreciate your efforts, drive and support on my idea, 'AfricEnergy'.

No matter how the result comes out, we should always be focused on implementing our unique ideas and projects for the improvement of the World.

Thank you for your contributions, advice and encouragement so far. I hope to connect with you via [email protected]

Best of Luck!

August 30, 2017 22:07

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Greetings from Afghanistan!
Awesone. Fantastic. Relevant. These are the three words that came to my mind when I read your proposal. Congratulations. If you get a moment, would you be kind enough to read my proposal (IDEAS) called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan? And if you do manage to read it, would you be kind enough to vote if you like the IDEA? And if I am not asking too much, please forward the link to your friends and family.
Thanks in anticipation!
Shuhra K

August 30, 2017 20:24

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Dear fellow entrepreneur:
(i) I went through the details of your idea and was indeed very impressed. Would you be kind enough to please explain to me as how you got this idea? Equally importantly, who were (are) the people who inspired you for you to come up with this idea.
(ii) May I also request that you please have a look at my idea called EDU-CELL. If it is relevant in your country, please let me know and I will be happy to provide you with more details to you. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
All the very best!
Shuhra

August 30, 2017 19:04

What a proposal! I am truly amazed.
So many good thoughts including yours. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal? And on a different note, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Take care!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 30, 2017 06:28

Greetings my Colleague ,

Thank you for participating in that great event , it was a great nice Journey , but the best thing of it is meeting good friends here , I hope you achieve your dreams & good luck with your Idea.
thanks again & best wishes for you.

Ahmed

August 30, 2017 02:16

Hello,

This entrepreneurship-campus platform has been amazing it has enabled us to see all the enthusiasts and to share our passion and experiences to learn from each other. Good luck with your work and wishing you all the success on your journey. Please try to keep in touch; this is important to me as I find this inspirational.

I appreciate all your votes, valuable feedback, advice, and suggestions. For me it has helped me to improve my ideas and also helps me to win and learn from the ideas that you have given me.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kindest regards

August 29, 2017 02:44

Hello everyone,

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my ideas and interest in helping support GU.

As all of you said, a visual universal language is needed for this continuously developing society. I am trying my best to launch my Gadaa Universe with the help of you and your constructive comments. We will do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kind regards

August 28, 2017 22:50

Greetings from Afghanistan!
Awesone. Fantastic. Relevant. These are the three words that came to my mind when I read your proposal. Congratulations. If you get a moment, would you be kind enough to read my proposal (IDEAS) called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan? And if you do manage to read it, would you be kind enough to vote if you like the IDEA? And if I am not asking too much, please forward the link to your friends and family.
Thanks in anticipation!
Shuhra

August 28, 2017 19:23

Hello,
Being a part of India's well-known Entrepreneurship Cell of the most prestigious engineering college in India, I have interacted with many startup enthusiasts, have got to know how they think and what are some qualities that set them apart from the ones who are not able to see their idea through. Reading through your idea, I have realised that your idea has that spark which can help it become a successful venture. Coupled with its aim to help the society achieve its goals sustainably, your idea can be something quite helpful for the same.

But before it's implementation, you need to do a "premortem" check on how it can fail. This would prepare you for any uncalled-for circumstances and help you prepare for them accordingly.

Lastly, I would like you to have a look at our idea, GreenSpace, and share your views about the same.

Regards,
Team GreenSpace.

August 28, 2017 16:17

hiii,
its a pleasure to have you around as you are trying to improve the society somehow.Congratulations for all the hard work you have done so far.
Bests Regards for your project...

August 28, 2017 16:17

hiii,
its a pleasure to have you around as you are trying to improve the society somehow.Congratulations for all the hard work you have done so far.
Bests Regards for your project...

August 28, 2017 16:04

Hello My Friend!

Thank you for being here all this while. Your dreams are valid and your project is very viable. Keep thriving and best will keep coming your way.

Best of Luck.

August 27, 2017 16:29

Hi,
Thank you very much for your involvement in this community, I am sure that your advice helped many of us. So I am asking you for some last piece of advice, because the end of the competition is close. I invite you to comment my idea Path To Knowledge.
Best wishes for your project too!
Regards,
Andrei

August 27, 2017 15:09

Hello dear members of the entrepreneurship community,

I hope you will join us too and learn the GU universal communication system and the Gadaa system practices when the platform and the system implementations are complete and fully ready for use. This work is still under development. I will let you know once it is finished.

Please keep your constructive comments. Your feedback is important! Many thanks to all contributors!

Thank you for supporting GU project. We will notify you as soon as the platform is live.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 13:59

Dear Entrepreneur,

It's a new day and few days to the end of the competition. It has been nice and encouraging having you here, on this platform. I wish to appreciate you.

Best of Luck!

August 26, 2017 15:49

Hello Great Mind,

You have come a long way with this competition and I want to congratulate you for the resilience you have proven so far. I tell you what? It's not going to go unrewarded.

Bill Gates has said that "As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." I totally agree with the successful software developer!

With that, I want to honestly congratulate you once more for been a leader, especially such that will empower others!

You're relevant and I wish you the best with your project.
I wish that we could network beyond the competition,

Kindest regards,
Seth Thomas
CISTEM
([email protected])

August 26, 2017 15:48

Hello Great Mind,

You have come a long way with this competition and I want to congratulate you for the resilience you have proven so far. I tell you what? It's not going to go unrewarded.

Bill Gates has said that "As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." I totally agree with the successful software developer!

With that, I want to honestly congratulate you once more for been a leader, especially such that will empower others!

You're relevant and I wish you the best with your project.
I wish that we could network beyond the competition,

Kindest regards,
Seth Thomas
CISTEM
([email protected])

August 26, 2017 15:17

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea.
As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of Luck!

August 26, 2017 15:01

Hello,

To all the people who are asking how to join once the GU platform goes live, all you need to do is to create a free account. Please keep an eye out on the website and my social media pages at: http://gadaauniverse.com/

Kind regards

August 25, 2017 13:16

Hello,
There are just a few days before the end of this stage of the competition and I want to congratulate you for all your effort you put into. All these ideas came from brilliant minds and I am sure the best one will win. I hope you will continue this idea and make impact for the local community and why not for all the world.
Best regards,
Andrei

August 25, 2017 00:26

Hello Sautso!

As your idea aims to promote quality and sustainable agriculture, what are the challenges do you believe you may encounter during it's implementation?

Thank you.

August 24, 2017 14:59

Dear community member,

As the competition deadline is approaching near, we would like some feedback regarding our idea, some ways by which we can tweak it and make it a little better and ready for future execution.
(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5961/comments)

Please vote and support our idea.

Thank you in advance.
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 22:32

Hi Sautso
Your idea is quite impressive and proven to be profitable.I would like to wish you all the luck and best and also encourage you to execute this wonderful concept of yours because this world need such innovations. Kibd regards

August 23, 2017 22:22

My dear social entrepreneur:
1) What a nice proposal! And equally impactful initiative. I was discussing the various ideas and projects in my home and yours was one of the proposals that we discussed. Congratulations and keep it up. I had a couple of questions and was wondering if you could please explain the concept in more detail.
2) I have also submitted an idea EDU-CELL from Afghanistan. Would you be kind enough to please see it and ask me any Questions if you have? Thanks in advance
Greetings and Thanks to You.
S. KOOFI

August 23, 2017 16:30

Hi,
After going through your idea, I firmly believe that you can successfully convert it to an executable project and help the society grow in a sustainable manner. I wish you the best for the same.

I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5961/comments). Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants, and using that space for a multitude of activities. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 15:23

Hello Champion!

According to Wednesday's Inspiration from Youth Citizenship Entrepreneurship Competition: Don't wish it were easy, wish you were better.

Champion, we should always keep forging ahead, refining ourselves and ideas until we improve the world.

Best of Luck!

August 23, 2017 08:29

An Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

Cheeking through your idea and seeing it progress in this competition leaves me motivated and inspired that with us, our planet will become better and flourish in goodness and development desired by every human being with dreams and aspirations. To keep you moving and staying on in face of challenges as growing Entrepreneurs, it is my pleasure to share this link with you, "7 MOVIES Every Entrepreneur Should Watch", copy and paste this link to view; youtube.com/watch?v=s3x-_yRRUrk

All the best to you in you Idea!

Cheers
Anita Mbah.

August 22, 2017 09:07

Dear Sautso
I hope you're making good progress whether the competition is on progress or not this idea of yours should make more progress towards its implementation. Congulatulation for the efforts you're making.
Never give up.
Best of luck!

August 22, 2017 07:44

Hi,
Thank you if you have already commented my idea Path To Knowledge. If not, I invite you kindly to do it at: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5633/ I would really appreciate your opinion.
Best regards,
Andrei

August 22, 2017 04:53

Thank you Sautso.

Having you around is very encouraging and wonderful. I wish you success on your journey and you should always expect the best coming your way.

You may like to see my idea, AfricEnergy, for comments and support.

Cheers.

August 21, 2017 06:00

Hello Nthanda!

Your idea is very interesting and impressive, Anita tends to support sustainable agriculture, promoting community empowerment to combat hunger and poverty. Congratulations for your efforts and progress.

I wish you success and you may stop by on my idea to add your contribution.

Best of luck!

August 20, 2017 19:07

Hi Sautso,

Your idea is very great I must say. And I must commend your efforts so far in making this a reality.
You'll make great impacts in the Agric sector and lives too. I wish you the very best in with this great project!

Cheers great world changer,
Kindest regards,
Seth

August 20, 2017 16:21

Dear SautsoSautso
You idea is very interesting and it will bring positive impact towards both healthy care services and socioeconomic issues by providing constantly all multiple nutrients. Congulatulation for this idea. All the best

August 19, 2017 15:02

Hello,

GadaaUniverse[GU] would like to thank you for your passionate support. We would like to keep on developing our ideas. Please dont hesitate to let us know how we can improve.

please read and give some suggestions or comment GUs idea GadaaUniverse[GU]-Gadaa Universal Communication System and GU-Fair if you havent done so already. We really appreciate your contribution and would be glad to hear your advice and opinion.

Keep up the good work!

Kind regards!

Firanbek Robele

August 19, 2017 13:49

Hii,

your idea is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck
Regards

August 19, 2017 13:49

Hii,

your idea is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck
Regards

August 19, 2017 10:13

Dear Sautso
You have a unique idea as it can bring positive impact to fiid security and social well being with improved living standard. Congulatulation for this innovative idea.
Never give up no matter what.
All the best.

August 18, 2017 12:13

Hello,
I invite you kindly to comment my idea Path To Knowledge. I would be glad to hear your advice. I have written this message after I commented almost all ideas and projects and probably yours too. I am deeply sorry if this message bothered you, but everyone on this platform wants to go to the finals with his/her idea and makes all it is possible to get there. Maybe not all the actions are fair. Some participants copies the same meaningless message and paste it to all ideas. I just do marketing. Again, I am sorry if this message disturbed you.
Kindest regards,
Andrei

August 18, 2017 06:33

Hello,

This is a very impressive idea and it will surely be beneficial for all the young minds looking for an opportunity.
It looks promising and executable
Congratulations for all your efforts and for your project.

Good luck
Regards

Shuhra Koofi.

August 17, 2017 14:21

Excellent idea! if this idea is indeed replicated by many youths in Malawi, it will help reduce unemployment levels and also contribute towards hunger and poverty reduction in the country. Malawi being on of the least developed countries has the majority of its population living below the poverty line. A huge section of this population are the youths who usually have nothing to do after failing to proceed with their education due to poverty, Others even after completing of their education, they have nothing to do because of low employment rates. Agriculture, despite being largely practiced on a small scale mainly for subsistence purposes in the country, it is also seen as the main contributor of the main source of income in the rural communities. Adoption and upscaling of such ideas as integrated farming will yield both in implementation of the enterprises that also compliment each other. This innovative idea therefore, is very much in line with the Global 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development goals number 1 and 2 which is no poverty and zero hunger. It is one of the great milestones towards achieving sustainable development in the country.

August 16, 2017 07:51

Indeed it is a good idea and I am glad that you are improving the agriculture in that area. Anyway, do you think that you can spread this idea to a bigger area? If yes, how?
Regards,
Andrei