Kishani Social Enterprise: Empowering women farmers for Nutrion security throug ICTs
Explain your project in details:
Goal: Empowering vulnerable women farmers through using ICTs promoting climate smart agriculture to achieve food and nutrition security in southern coastal area of Bangladesh. Objectives: Capacity building of disadvantage women farmers to information and communication technology based climate smart farming, response in early warning system in disaster period and selling chemical free nutritious food in virtual market using e- commerce/m-commerce. Develop a public oriented Smartphone application to build a global branded online based agriculture market where women farmers can easily showcase their products and get actual price without any discrimination & harassment. Strengthening women farmers club and co-operative organization as climate smart farming knowledge hub and ICT equipping to move as one stop center which ensures women farmers access to information and technologies. Establishing womens farmers rights and climate justice through mass/media campaign, lobby's and evidence based advocacy to influencing policymakers way forward to food & nutrition secured Bangladesh. Target 2 Districts, 6 Union Parishads. 9 Kishani club in per union, 25 members each club Tottal: 54 Kishani club, 1350 women farmers members. Method: Production >> Marketing & Trade >> Giving voices Kishani will promote climate-smart agricultural resources for women and marginalized communities through innovative technology using ICTs. A mobile app will be developed. This app will enable farmers to getting right price. To educate women farmers in Kishani we well establish climate smart agricultural information center; developing & regular updating customized software; disseminating seasonal agro-meteorological, soil & hydro-logical information relating to crop suitability using cellular phone.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Impact: Partnership building with stakeholder. Anticipated Impact: The project is anticipated to increase food production, ensure right market price and, hence, improve food & nutrition security. In the long run, it will be an integrated service for farmers, input suppliers and buyers. Building strong partnership with Women rights, agriculture and ICT related governmental, non-governmental, farmers organization, Banks, Medias, public-private sectors. Official government endorsement will be gained by validation of the irrigation An integrated service program will be established by the participation of NGOs, Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Irrigation service providers (ISP) and farmers. Strengthen Farmers Org. as One stop crisis center Establish women farmers groups & co-operative organizations. All Kishani centers, farmers organization will electrify & supply digital .
Sustainability and future plans
Research Knowledge dissemination through participatory data collection, resources and need assessments. Create women farmers Database. Develop a Mobile Application It contains audio/video calling services including information about agriculture, weather forecast, price rate, news, farm advisory etc. Produce materials & Capacity building Producing training & campaigning materials (ToT Module, Leaflet, Poster, digital Banner). Organized residential training program on technology based organic farming, online marketing & financial inclusion for women farmers & service providers and agricultural extension agents. The target audiences are disadvantaged groups. The overall success depends on the effective training on operation of Smartphone by this group. AgriFriend-Youth Mobilize a youth group who are ICT & agriculture friendly. They also feel proud for women farmer and their contribution to our green economy. Communication & Integration Kishani will disseminate all agriculture & market related information, support advice by Kishani web, Facebook page, Monthly Newsletter, Toll free Kishani call center & skype. Kishani also will make annual study tour for learning exchange with other farmers. Setup Kishani for product marketing Kishani center will setup in local and national level in order to market womens farmers products. Pictures of products including prices will post from here. These centers will be managed by women farmers. Community TV channel operating To teach technology based farming community TV is the effective tool for women farmers. This community TV programming will spread government development messages, success stories of women farmers & telecast agriculture related programs including early warning and lifesaving information in natural disaster events. Kishani Annual Conference Kishani will organize an annual conference at national level every year to evaluate programs indicators, recognize contributions of women farmers, showcase their success story, knowledge and evidence based advocacy with policy makers for protection of their rights .
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Sohanur Rahman is the Founder of the YouthNet for Climate Justice (YN4CJ) a voluntary youth organization network for raising awareness and taking actions to tackle the adverse effects of Climate Change. He has been one of the key Bangladeshi youth climate change activists who has focused on bringing youth voices to decision making processes for many years. Sohanur Rahman (also known as Sohan) is a dedicated young professional working with the Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament as Co- Founder & CEO. The goal of Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament is to instill young people with an understanding of parliamentary processes and provide them with the opportunity to influence the countrys policy through direct dialogue between youth and policy-makers. Hence, he has sound knowledge on different thematic issues including water management, youth engagement, child rights, governance and human development, climate and humanitarian, policies, developments and international affairs. His pro- active involvement gave him a combination of skills and experiences to lead social change. Sohans activism dates back to 2007, when as a young boy he got involved with the Bangladesh Scouts Program. But his climate change work started in the aftermath of cyclone Sidr, which wreaked havoc on the coastal areas of Bangladesh. Sohan was selected for Youth for Water and Climate Global Competition for #YouthLed Projects of Water Partnership (GWP) through his leading ide Life project in Swaronkhola Bangladesh in COP 22. Our youth-led projects which are based on the white paper recommendations made at COP 21.