Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
KoFarmer Is an on and offline free-easy-to-use multilingual plant doctor and advisory mobile application designed to help African smallholder-farmers and extension workers to accurately identify, monitor and manage crop pests and diseases, increase crop production, save environment and improve livelihoods. Challenge? Farmers, their families and our growing population depend heavily on secure harvests. However, plant, pests like Fall armyworm (FAW), diseases, weeds and soil nutrient deficiencies cause a loss of 15-40% of the absolute production volume in agriculture. The control of plant damage has major bottlenecks: the classification of the damage is based on expert knowledge as is the recommendation for appropriate treatment and prevention. The vast majority of farmers have little to no access to such services and knowledge especially when they are needed. How? Just by user taking and uploading a photo/s of the plant part affected by the pest or disease on KoFarmer, within few seconds app provides an accurate diagnosis report and offers user instant management recommendation options towards pest management. App also offers an offline SMS platform for non-Internet-enabled mobile phone users that rely on SMS for data transmission to access timely and context-appropriate information through farmer-tailored SMS alerts/tips. Through a “Let’s connect forum” app allows users to social-network with other farmers, extension workers and experts in real-time for knowledge and information exchange, new ideas, ask questions, share pest management best practices and space for data collection, sharing, reporting and communication, including a community-informants-network who work as farmers' watch-dogs. KoFarmer Pests and Diseases Catalog provides an up-to-date descriptive information database to help users find relevant information in the management of fall armyworm and other pests/diseases.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
For millions of people across Sub-Saharan Africa health crops have a difference between survival and starvation. Among many other challenges facing these rural farming communities is the Fall Armyworm a new dangerous pest putting livelihoods in jeopardy. The Fall armyworm is here to stay, eradication on large scale is not an appropriate or viable option, but effective and sustainable management is both possible and critical. An insect native to the Americans the fall armyworm was first detected in the Western and Central Africa in early 2016 and has already spread around the continent. In the Larval stage the fall armyworm feeds on and threatens the production of more 80 different crops with greater impact on smallholder maize farmers. With the loss of their crops and the like of other economic opportunities, affected families will find themselves in great hardship and may resort to migration. If left unchecked the fall armyworm could have a significant impact on the primary food source of more than 200 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa and lead to economic losses of more than $6.2 Billion for maize alone. Poorly managed responses to the pest can also have devastating effects on nature and human health. Investing in this program will move Africa to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by Improving Food Security and Farmer Livelihoods SDG1&2, Enabling farming communities to Lead Healthier Lives SDG3, and Preventing damage to the Environment from unsustainable farming practices SDG15. The following criteria would be key in us determining the level of impact we have created: Feedback from users Tracking the number of subscribers Tracking user engagements on the app Level of scale/replication into other countries Number of partner organizations both local and international. The extent to which both the app and quality of the services are rated. Number of app downloads from both Google and Apple Play Stores
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We shall look forward for partnerships in the following areas: Digital development; this will enable us to take further our solution from theory to a realistic prototype and see that it becomes the solution this proposal suggests. Financial partnership shall be very key in financing all the aspects involved in the design and development of the application. Advisory services, no man is an island, we shall partner with both national and international bodies as our advisers to help us stick to the mission and vision of the platform as well as help us keep on the right course. Information partnership shall solely be for purposes of knowledge and information sharing, data collection and validation. This shall involve both national and international bodies like ministries of agriculture, NGOs, agricultural bodies, as well as local and international agricultural experts, farmers and extension workers. -As of now, we don't have a concrete final picture of the costs we are likely to incur in the design and development of this digital solution however, through research and consultations we anticipate to incur the following estimated costs in US Dollars. -Design-$10,000. -Development-$60,000-$80,000. -Website design and development-$3500 On the side of KoFarmer distribution models, we intend to design the platform specifically for Android and Apple platforms. Google and Apple Play Stores will be our main distribution models, though we shall likely incorporate Direct Link Downloads, Optimization of search discovery, ad networks, TV ads and many more as shall be deemed necessary.
Born on the 29-Nov-1987, Joseph has experience in both non-profit and for-profit sectors. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Media Technology from LivingStone International University. While working as a senior programs coordinator, he actively supported youth entrepreneurial growth and development, training and advocacy initiatives. Joseph is experienced with scheduling programs and projects that promote community engagement and urge positive participation to elevate the status of both young and old in their families and community. He also served as a design and marketing specialist in a for-profit NGO for 4 months before moving on to his current job as an Assistant Managing Director at Reign Television. Joseph has participated in various community solution programs, where he gained leadership skills including effective strategies for increasing participation in youth and community development projects. Joseph has obtained several training and certificates including participation in voluntary community activities through which he has developed strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work in multicultural environments. He has strong ambitions for social economic growth and development for everybody and enjoys sports, traveling and social events.