Processing Tomatoes to Combat Postharvest Loss

Your title/position CEO
Type of Enterprise registered company
Year the ngo or company was founded 2015
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Explain your project in details:

NaFarm Foods is a social enterprise created to help tomato farmers against postharvest loss through processing of tomatoes into tomato-powder and tomato-puree while preserving them through natural means without adding preservatives to prolong the product shelf-life, making them completely organic and available to consumers throughout the year at competitive price. Before the introduction of our solution the farmers sun-dry excess tomatoes in an unhygienic way (spreading to sun-dry on the ground) while large quantity often rot and wasted. The problem was devastating and we designed a dryer that is being powered using farm-waste (biomass) which enable us dry tomatoes in less than 10hours. After drying we grind into powder to prolong the fruit shelf-life while some of the fresh fruits are grinded and made into tomato puree which last for 6months without using preservatives But the problem of postharvest loss is the first phase of the challenges, tomato scarcity phase is also an issue so we are educating women in rural communities and urban slums to embrace sack farming system which enable them go into farming practices at their conveniences, the sack farming can be carried out on paved floors, backyards, rooftops etc to ensure sustainable tomatoes production all year round

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

In 2016, we processed about 8tons of tomatoes into powder and puree which were sold to restaurants and households and in 2017, weve processed over 70tons and have partnered with 106 farmers off-taking their excess tomato harvest while averting postharvest losses. We are currently training and have trained about 50 women on sack farming system to enable us supply tomatoes during the scarcity window (May to September). See our experimental sack farm here; https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i4zh5hv0uiszcup/AABajkgVFrLzPwDQ7aOli_pba?dl=0 As a result of our accomplishment, we have acquired series of awards and certification which are as follows; Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program Award 2016, Lagos, Nigeria African Entrepreneurship Award 2016, Casablanca, Morocco 1st All African Postharvest Technology Award 2017, Nairobi, Kenya GAIA AgTech (Gender in Agribusiness Investment for Africa) Award 2017, Accra, Ghana

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Sustainability and future plans

BUSINESS MODEL We are running a For-Profit venture, and often we off-take tomatoes from farmers at N10,000/ton ($35), we process and sell directly to consumers through network of retailers and restaurants making net profit of about 30%. Our plan to scale is to register a brand name and acquire license to sell so that our processed tomatoes can be sold in stores and supermarkets FINANCING In the past we raised $3000 financing from personal savings which was used to fund our research and development stage (R&D), later we raised $5000 seed funding from Tony Elumelu Foundation which has helped us grow our product, the initiative is quite sustainable but we need more funding to help us scale

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

AbdulLateef Olaosebikan was born on 6th of July 1984, he is the founder of NaFarm Foods, the enterprise is located in Kaduna state, Nigeria with the aim of helping tomato farmers against postharvest loss. AbdulLateef is a graduate in Geography from University of Abuja, his passion for socio engineering drives him unapologetically towards solving economic or social challenges. In 2013, AbdulLateef saw the magnitude of tomatoes waste in northern part of Nigeria as a result of glut because tomatoes is harvested in excess within short window of 3-4 months and there is no processing factory in the country to utilize this opportunity while about 0.7million tons of tomatoes are lost postharvest annually, his research lead to tomato preservation through drying which is further converted into powder to prolong the product shelf-life. Because commercial dehydrator are very expensive for smallholder farmers he designed and fabricated low cost dryers that uses farm waste as source of fuel with about 1ton capacity and it dries tomatoes in less than 10hours, it is also mobile and works best on farms Following these innovations, he has acquired the Tony Elumelu Foundation 2016 entrepreneurship award and $5000 seed capital to grow his initiative, Africa Entrepreneurship Award, 1st All African Postharvest Challenge Award, GAIA AgTech (Gender for Agribusiness Investment in Africa) Award and he is currently a LEAP Africa - Social Innovators Fellow

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Comments

September 1, 2017 04:27

Dear Resiliant Entrepreneur,

It's the end of the competition, I want to urge you to not leave this community without the contact (email especially) of as many other entrepreneurs on this platform. You never can tell what your further conversations may produce.

It's the power of networking and leverage I'm talking about...
Here's my email [email protected] looking forward to hearing from you.

Regards
Seth

August 31, 2017 23:53

Bye fellow entrepreneur:
As I say good buy, I must say it has been an astounding time reading so many great entries.
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.
Take care and all the very best!
Shuhra

August 31, 2017 22:06

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 20:55

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 19:00

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 18:12

I SEND MY THANK YOU FROM KABUL!
WHAT A JOURNEY AND WHAT A PROPOSALTHE SIMPLICITY OF YOUR IDEA WAS JUST TOO GOOD. WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO SEE MY PROPOSAL? IT IS CALLED EDU-CELL TO HELP THE SCHOOL EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN. INTERESTED? CLICK AND DOUBLE CLICK!!
SIGNIING OFF, SHUHRA

August 31, 2017 17:42

Thank You my dear!
Three thoughts come to my mind as we end:
(a) Will we be in touch?
(b) It is a small and beautiful world
(c) All the best
Bye for now!
S. Koofi, Kabul

August 31, 2017 17:17

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 31, 2017 17:05

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 03:07

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 31, 2017 00:39

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 22:45

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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 22:38

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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 21:35

Hiii!!!!!!!
As we are in to the last day of the competition, I am taking this opportunity to thank you for your valuable comments, votes and suggestions. Your project is very much interesting and helpful and I wish you would be there in the finals. I am concluding by this words-
"Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on ones ideas, to take a calculated risk and to act".
I am wishing you to be a successful person.

REGARDS
AJITH MATHEW
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August 30, 2017 21:26

Hello fellow traveler!
I must say that I found your idea truly inspiring. I would like to know more about it? Do you think you can give me more details about your proposal so I can understand it more and give ffedbakc as well as evaluate if it can be done in my country?
I would also like to request you to please my IDEA called EDU-CELL. DO you think it is relevant in your country. If yes, let me know. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
Have a great day
SHUHRA

August 30, 2017 20:49

Hello my friend,
May I entreat you to read my entry EDU CELL. I have read your and must say it is fantastic. How did you come up with the idea, I wonder? Who helped you?
Bye for now,
Shuhra.

August 30, 2017 20:04

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 18:39

I SEND MY HELLO FROM KABUL!
WHAT AN IDEA AND WHAT A PRESENTATION. I WAS AMAZED BY THE SIMPLICITY OF YOUR IDEA. I HAVE FORWARDED IT TO MY FRIENDS ALSO.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO SEE MY PROPOSAL? IT IS CALLED EDU-CELL TO HELP THE SCHOOL EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN. INTERESTED? CLICK AND DOUBLE CLICK!!
SINCERELY, SHUHRA

August 30, 2017 12:10

Also,

Remember it's not over until it's over.
It may be just a few days to the end of the competition but it's not the end of your dreams
There's still a lot you can achieve.
Stay focused.

Regards

August 30, 2017 12:10

Dear Fellow participant,

You have done well thus far. Only few people will venture relentlessly into the things in which their instincts proposes because sometimes the goal appears too crazy to achieve, so they just retreat.

Actually, someone has said that "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

You may have seen this before but I want to remind you that it's true, only those who are "crazy enough" eventually get results.

Congratulations for been "crazy enough" (seeing beyond normal and following your dreams despite the odds)...

Best wishes,
Seth

August 29, 2017 15:51

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 21:31

Congratulations!!!!!!!
Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. So change this world with your idea.
Wishing you all the success and hope you will be there in the finals.

BEST OF LUCK

AJITH MATHEW

August 28, 2017 20:16

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 16:16

Hello 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 like you , I hope you achieve your dreams & good luck with your project.
thanks again & best wishes for you.

Ahmed

August 28, 2017 10:02

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 17:16

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 26, 2017 20:18

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 26, 2017 19:50

Dear Champion,

It takes just one idea/project to transform the world. As you keep working hard towards your dreams and to add your quota in the improvement of the world, I wish you the best of luck.

Remain Lifted!

August 26, 2017 17:10

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 17:10

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 25, 2017 19:14

Dear AbdulLateef,

The TRUTH is, your community will not just benefit from such an amazing initiative of yours but that you will forever be remembered for this great change and transformation you'll cause.

Keep up the spirit because it's adorable.
Your kind is scarce, so hard to find around, you're indeed a great leader!
Wish you all the best world changer.

Kindest regards
Thomas Seth
CISTEM

August 25, 2017 19:06

Hello Champion!

Did you miss Today's (Friday) Inspiration from YCEC? Here it is; "Change your thoughts and you change the World" - Norman Vincent Peale.

Your project is valid, so are your thoughts. Keeping improving and progressing.

Best of Luck!

August 25, 2017 18:10

Dear AbdulLateef,

The TRUTH is, your community will not just benefit from such an amazing initiative of yours but that you will forever be remembered for this great change and transformation you'll cause.

Keep up the spirit because it's adorable.
Your kind is scarce, so hard to find around, you're indeed a great leader!
Wish you all the best world changer.

Kindest regards
Thomas Seth
CISTEM

August 25, 2017 06:15

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 18:01

Hi,
After going through your project, I firmly believe that with good management and excellent execution, this project will help the society grow in a sustainable manner. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

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 Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants and using that space for a multitude of activities.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 11:29

Hi Abdullateef,
Your project is very much appreciable. People like you are a blessing to the modern world because you are utilizing your skill to help the common people. Keep this spirit throughout your life. The will to do varitiies in life opens up the door of opportunities. So keep this positive attitude always .
I wish you all the success for this competition and also please vote and comment on my project AUTOMATIC COCOA BEAN SEPARATING MACHINE.

August 23, 2017 08:56

An Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

Cheeking through your Project 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 18:34

Hello Abdul!

We are few steps to the announcement day. I want to use this medium to appreciate your effort, progress so far and support to my idea. Never relent, keep pushing and I wish you success, all the way.

Best of Luck!

August 22, 2017 12:03

Hello AbduLateef,

I find your project highly innovative and needed in such a time as this and I just thought to stop by and check on your progress thus far and must say congratulations for your efforts so far, we all need to put in more efforts to achieve our dreams.

So I just wanted to say that you keep up and be encouraged to do more.

You can also stop at my idea "Eradicating poverty and unemployment via teens empowerment"for a comment too.

Thanks

Kindest regards,
Seth

August 21, 2017 20:20

Hi
I hope you're making progress, whether the is on progress or not this project should make more progress as it will bring positive impact towards sustained food security. Congulatulation for the effort you're putting on this project.
Best of luck!

August 21, 2017 07:05

Thank you Great Mind

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 06:35

Hi
I realized that you have a very interesting and life changing project as it will bring positive impact towards poverty alleviation and sustained food security. Congulatulation for the effort you're putting on this project. Never give up

August 20, 2017 14:09

Hello,

I invite you kindly to please read and give some suggestions or comment my idea GadaaUniverse[GU]-Gadaa Universal Communication System and GU-Fair.

Thanks in advance for your votes and comment. I really appreciate your contribution and would be glad to hear your advice and opinion.

Good luck with your work!

Kind regards,

Firanbek Robele

August 20, 2017 13:36

Hi
I real like your project and I want to join your efforts towards post harvest losses. Your project is life changing as it will bring positive impact towards poverty alleviation through Agriculture and lead to sustained food security and zero hunger. Congulatulation the efforts and good progress you have just shown. My watsp number is +255768864628
[email protected]

August 19, 2017 16:39

Hello
You have very profitable project as it is not only bring sustainable food security but also gives a way towards poverty alleviation. Congulatulation for this Nobel project and good progress you have just shown here.
All the best.

August 19, 2017 15:09

Hii,

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

August 19, 2017 14:47

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 copy 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 19, 2017 02:15

Hello
This project is very important to both food security and Zero hunger in general,Congulatulation for this Nobel project. You have shown much efforts towards food security
I wish you a good progress
AllAll the best

August 19, 2017 01:51

Hello
Every time I read it ,your project is very important not only to avoid post harvesting loss but also to foodfood security.
Congulatulations for your efforts in this project.
All the best

August 18, 2017 12:41

Hello!

Your project is quite interesting and impressive, as it tends to support sustainable agriculture and healthy living. Congratulations for your efforts!

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

Best of luck!

August 18, 2017 05:28

Hello,

This is a very impressive idea and it will surely be beneficial for all the young minds looking for an opportunity.
Congratulations for all your efforts and for your project.
Good luck
Regards

Shuhra Koofi.

August 14, 2017 18:05

Hi
This is the best value chain addition idea in tomatoes, we have been Losing a lot of money and getting loss in production due to lack of innovative idea like this, in addition to that can you explain how you will approach the fact that some societies are not used to processed tomatoes.
Best wishes

August 14, 2017 17:01

I like your project and I am glad that you have found a solution for the problem in your community. I am impressed by the things that you have done till now and I encourage you to continue. All the best for the future!
Regards,
Andrei