Health and Income intiative
Explain your project in details:
The specific development objective of the project is to promote and optimize use of solar post-harvest and processing Technologies for reducing peak seasonal losses and improving nutritional quality of fruits and other crops, link farmers with the market for dried fruits as an income generating alternative. Specific activities and innovative approaches include but not limited to the following: 1. Construction of low cost model solar driers for fruits and vegetables using mostly Low cost Local material for 15 sites in communal area Gokwe South and 100 farmers involved, 2. Solar drying of fruits and assists farmers in branding and marketing of the best quality dried mango's and other fruits on the local market from the Gokwe South initiative. 3. Advisory services on quality preservation and nutritional value of major fruits and vegetables and improved post-harvest technologies developed in Gokwe South. 4. Post-harvest losses, quality and nutritional changes of major crops assessed and improved post-harvest management is developed. 5. Existing supply chain system(s) of major fruits and vegetables are analysed and improved infrastructure, organization and marketing strategies are developed. 6. Promotion of post-harvest technologies adoption through promotional competitions that rewards small holder fruits farmers with the best dried fruits In Gokwe South. 7. Facilitate formulation dried fruits cooperatives for farmers to share and minimise the product branding and packaging cost optimising product quality uniformity for the market. 8. Manuals and best practices guidelines to be developed shared and presented nationally through other agencies. The specific outcomes: 1. Quality and nutritional value of major fruits and vegetables are understood and improved post-harvest technologies developed 2. Post-harvest losses, quality and nutritional changes of major fruits and crops are improved and post-harvest management is developed 3. Quality nutritional fruits access throughout the year and income generated from sales for farmers.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Farmers and growers of fruits and vegetables acquire Life development skills they will use beyond the project life. Improved technologies ;( information, knowledge, skill, methods, system and or materials) will help in decreasing post harvest losses and earn income from sales as well as improving crops storage. Cooperatives for the farmers will benefit them in economies of large scale production effectively optimising cost and product quality uniformity; the cooperatives develop into competitive business models for the society. Best practices shared nationwide will indirectly benefit all fruits and vegetable farmers. Gokwe south farmers provide the market with quality dried mangoes and generate income. Continued supply of diversified, safe and healthy fruits and vegetables with fair prices all season. Beneficiaries have access to health fruits all season and related nutrition facts that in the long run address chronic malnutrition. 1: Quality nutritional value of major fruits is understood and improved post-harvest technologies developed. 2: Existing supply chain system(s) of major Fruits and vegetables analysed and improved organization and marketing strategies are developed. Monitoring and Evaluation: Data collected for indicators at the: 1.overall objective, 2.specific objective, 3.intermediate result and 4.activity level of the project. Indicators 1: Number of training sessions and participants, number of farmers adopting technologies, volume of fruits dried and amount of reduction in post-harvest losses. Indicator 2: Post-harvest equipment developed, technical knowledge indicated by technology usage, and training sessions completed. 3. Overall objective data will be collected for a number of indicators: Number using post-harvest technologies, Number of farmers drying mango's and fruits, money earned from dried fruits sales. Data Collection for Monitoring: Quarterly reports completed in a timely and understandable manner and supplemented by low cost surveys. Evaluations: Data gathered and analysed in relation to project objectives, intermediate results, and project activities provide an empirical basis for project evaluation.
Sustainability and future plans
Health and Income Initiative will be implemented through the Nutrigain trust whose main thrust and focus is to reduce malnutrition to minimum acceptable level in vulnerable communities through optimum utilisation of cost effective methods and maximum use of available local foods. Since its incorporation as a Non-profit trust in 2006 The Nutrigain Trust has worked with various organisations facilitating mainstreaming of nutrition into HIV and AIDS programing. Nutrigain focus on analysing existing supply chain system(s) of major fruits and crops ensuring nutritional value of major fruits and vegetables are understood and improved post-harvest technologies are developed organisation and marketing strategies are developed. The Nutrigain over the years has worked without direct funding its main focus has been to facilitate mainstreaming of nutrition into existing organisations through the partners budgets. Fundraising Activities such as cocktails, raffles have been conducted to support the finance requirements beyond the facilitation fees provided from organisation receiving nutrition support. The Nutrigain Trust work with associate nutritionist and food scientist from various institutions on voluntary basis who contribute to nutrition programing and response design. To adequately finance the health and income initiative the Nutrigain has applied for grants to ensure that the project is adequately funded. The grants applied are pending approval hence the funding partners cannot be confirmed yet. Staring from 2017 and beyond the Trust has adopted an approach to obtain direct funding for some of its project that it independently implements. The Trust will continue supporting communities with nutrition and income generation life skills in relation to latest developments and trends in the global village.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Simbarashe G makuvaza is a male Christian 33 years old poised and polished social entrepreneur, business developer and administrator. I have 10 years social and business entrepreneurship experience and 6 years progressive working experience in corporate middle management and clerical functions for cross industry organisations. Orchestrated launching and registration for the Nutrigain Trust and assumed to be the first Board Chairman and Head of projects. I have been responsible for projects design and development, fundraising and networking for the organisation. Obtained cooperation and collaboration from local and international partners for the Nutrigain Trust, including its mapping in who is doing what in Zimbabwe nutrition atlas by UNICEF. Realising that malnutrition is a contributor to infant mortality, reduced child growth and mental development and particularly that micronutrient deficiency prevalence is highest and worst in sub-Sahara Africa and an impediment to child intelligence quotient and development motivated me to develop methods and practices that seek to address food insecurity and malnutrition. My major goal is to contribute immensely to zero the impact of malnutrition through society developed methods and practices basing from the technical nutrition information