COMMUNITY ACTION FOR PORVERTY ALLEVIATION (CAPA).
Explain your idea in details:
Finding innovative solutions to the systemic challenges that stand in the way of smallholder farmers adopting soil health technologies, access to financing to buy needed inputs (especially improved seed and fertilizer), access to remunerative markets, access to good extension advisory services, and more effective farmer organizations to capitalize on economies of scale and thus reduce the high transaction costs that come with separate individual actions is the baseline and starting point to alleviating poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, where agriculture accounts for 64% of the labor force and in rural areas, where 75% of people living on $1 a day work in agriculture. CAPA believes we are still at a point where Improving soil health is essential to reversing the low productivity that has plagued Africa’s smallholder agriculture over the past 40 years. During this period, for example, the average yield of maize a staple food crop in Africa, has stagnated at about 1 MT/ha. Unfortunately, due to continual mining of soil nutrients over time, without sufficient replacement, Africa’s soils particularly on small land holdings steadily lost their ability to support strong crop growth. In order to transform African agriculture, farmers must start using fertilizers in much greater quantities than currently, and apply it in appropriate ways to ensure financial and environmental sustainability. The Governments of many African Countries and other actors have provided several solutions similar to what we want to offer but have no succeeded because they focus on one arm of the supply chain forgetting the other. CAPAs 4 stage plan focuses on the entire supply chain with an ambition to put over 5000 farmers through stage1 and 2 of their program in 36 months after the pilot with 500 farmers in the first year with a commitment to continuously monitor and change the plan if the evidence suggests that the approach isn’t working
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Our poverty alleviation initiatives is based on four key pillars: a. Training on modern agricultural practices b. Access to water for irrigation, and agricultural inputs. c. Financial assistance d. Using ICT and ICT tools to help increase farmer returns. CAPA has as goals to obtain the following results with its 4 stage model. 1.With the training on modern agricultural practices we hope to see positive impact on household production, income, savings and investments and overall wealth accumulation at household level, and to replicate our intervention in other areas and also recommended they be expanded and replicated by other development agencies and farmers. 2.We hope to improve input supply-production-marketing chain as we believe for production efficiency to increase, the required inputs such as fertilizer,pesticides, seed and farm implements must reach the farmer on time and our optimum extension worker-to-farmer ratio strategy to enhance production. In this vein we hope to tilt young people towards agriculture and the agro-processing industries in orther to add value to products so as to maximize the returns to the farmer. Transport should also be available to ferry the produce to the market and prices should be determined with the view to promoting agricultural growth and this is why we hope to putfarmers in CIGs and Cooperatives. 3.Our efforts towards poverty alleviation is focused on increasing small-scale farmers productivity, as well as pay attention to diversification of small-scale farmers sources of income,and to determine the impact of education and training in poverty alleviation. Finally the diversity of livelihoods through agricultural intervention and innovation is an important feature of rural survival but often overlooked by the architects of policy. Diversity is closely allied to flexibility, resilience and stability.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
CAPA has drafted their implementation into 4 stages of implementation in the pilot phase. Stage 1.Services offered to Famers . -Organizing small holder farmers into Common Initiative Groups. -Training of the farmers on: 1. Better Farming techniques. 2. Introduction to microdosing as the best method to administer fertilizers. 3. How to manage farm records and finances using Microsoft excel and other SME tool kits. 4. How to manage outputs and remain sustainable. 5. How to access seeds, fertilizers, and farm equipment introducing them to Soil Doc Kit. 6. How to access and manage loans (Introducing the farmers to Warehouse receipts system.) 7. Introducing the farmers to agro-processing and value addition to agricultural products. Stage 2. Farmer Field School. In this stage our field extension agents go to the field with the farmers to put in practice what has been learned in stage 1 from better farming techniques to better ways of administering fertilizers and a farmer selected to be the farmer supervisor. Stage 3.Testing and Results. In this phase we shall access the impact of our solution using RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL. Stage 4.Sustainabillity. In this phase we have derive ways and methods for CAPA to be sustainable. These include; 1.CAPA will set up an online store which is going to be the first of its kind in Cameroon for the sale of farm produce (outputs) and farm inputs such as fertilizers as well as already processed agricultural products serving as a link between the farmers and the markets. 2.CAPA aims to bridge the gap and remain the major supplier of high quality seeds and fertilizers to local farmers at a more subsidized rate in partnership with other actors. 3.CAPA together with the farmers as members will set up a microfinance institution in other for the farmers and farmer groups to be able to fund their activities. 4.CAPA will organized community programs in community radios, with these farmer groups being host of the show sharing their experiences.
PERSONAL INFORMATION. NAME: ACHANYI ACHARNGWI ANDRE NATIONALITY: CAMEROONIAN DATE OF BIRTH :19TH APRIL,1995 PLACE OF BIRTH: BUEA. REGION OF ORIGIN: SOUTH WEST REGION. Getting into the higher institute of learning exposed me to a lot of ideas about life and it gave me the push to get involved in both entrepreneurial activities, community activities as well as religious activities. While in Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College because of my good academic performance and good conduct I was made Senior Prefect Boy, this made me acquire leadership skills which has giving me the opportunity to be a leader in several youth associations such being the former president of SWESA UB-Chapter (Seat of Wisdom Ex Students Association) , former Project Coordinator and currently Auditor LESA Buea (Lebang Students Association), Current president of the Youth for a United World Buea branch a youth wing of the Focolare Movement Italy. Participating in all these organisations and playing a major part has being the backbone of my development especial in LESA which is a community development driven youth association, where I participate actively in community projects. Seeing the sufferings of our community farmers pushed me to study the Governments plan of action to improve their situation and that of their kids and as such I realized they where not doing enough and so I had to do something and this led to the creation of CAPA.I wish to say we all from a community and our community is our how hence #MYCOMMUNITYMYHOME.