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
Sustaining human population through agriculture.
Explain your idea in details:
Soybeans is not commonly cultivated in Cameroon and this idea has moved from concept to field trail. Sustaining human population through agriculture as proposed by As farms and processing, conceived in 2017 in Manyu Division, southwest Region, Cameroon, is undergoing another trail phase in Fako division. The first trial phase was abandoned due to insecurity in kembong as a result of independence struggle. The key activities of this include soybeans cultivation, processing and value adding ranging from drying, sorting, grading and picking of soybeans as well as collecting and purchasing of soybeans from farmers who will be part of the initiative. If implemented, it will positively affect and improve the livelihood of many Cameroonians through increased food security and affordable nutritious foods. This idea engages in soybeans production through recruited farmers, transformation to products such as soy milk, flour, and babe foods. The targeted market is the general public and malnourished people who cannot afford soy equivalent nutritional subsidies. Some of the objectives include: produce soybeans for commercial and local purposes, create employment for local farmers and other university graduates, transform soybeans into nutritious products while residues from processes will be compost and used as fertilizer. Give nutrient deficient patients and grass root persons the opportunity to afford milk and nutritious foods for their babies and themselves is another objective. Farmers will be educated to avoid stiff competition in local markets regarding common food stuff and engage in soybeans farming where As farms and processing offers a ready market to sell the produce. Involvement of farmers is to create a multiplier effect in the economy and ensure circulation of legal tender for better living standards.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Sustainable development involves interplay of different actions and activities in the area of environment, health, and social wellbeing with the overall objective of ensuring a safe, sound, peaceful and comfortable environment for human existence. Unemployment and poverty are major hurdles of the Cameroon Government with regards to our emergence by 2035. Though this may not be a super idea, it has great potential to positively impact lives. It will have a direct positive impact on Cameroons emergence and sustainable development goals: 1, 2, 3, and 4 through employment to farmers, graduates and non-graduates. Employment of local population will go a long way to improve the standard of living through a multiplier effect. Employed individuals will have the ability to access essential healthcare services, afford education, quality foods and other essential needs due improved purchasing ability. Employment of youths will not only help to reduce crime but will also increase the number of financially secured individuals, thereby creating an atmosphere of joy and happiness in society. As individuals have the feeling of joy and satisfaction, they become comfortable with their environment, see reasons to live and will actively contribute to peace, security and nation building. Increasing the availability of low cost quality foods will help in the fight against hunger and food insecurity. All the aforementioned will go a long way to pave the path to sustainable development in Cameroon. We have as target to create over 150 jobs by integrating locals and 100 farmers within the first six month to ensure large scale production whereas the produce of different farmers will be compared against a monthly target as a way of measuring success in terms of production. The composition of our customer base, rate and quantity of dispatch of our products to consumers will be another factor of success.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Products of As farm will range from soybean grains to processed soy bean products (soy milk, soy flour and babe foods). We will be directly engaged in the cultivation of soy beans as well as purchasing from farmers who will be part of the initiative. We will also offer relevant support to farmers by supplying them with viable grains and needed insecticides. As farms will continue market research to understand which product/products will be in demand, recruit and assign marketers with weekly and monthly targets who will have a fixed salary and a commission should they exceed their targets. Revenue will be generated from the direct sales of soy beans to local businesses and other manufacturing companies that utilize soy beans in their process. Sales of products of soy beans to local population will also be another source of revenue. As farms believes profit will be realized by streamlining cost incurred in cultivation, purchasing and transportation, storage, processing, marketing, delivery to customers and any activity that will affect cash flow. Though I earn just as much as 100$ monthly, I maintain self-discipline and save half of that amount for this idea. Lack of financing explains the reason why the kickoff and full operation of As farms and processing will be labor intensive and just local processing will be employed. This challenge is one of the driving and motivating factors that keeps me working hard to ensure my dreams and visions are realized. So far, I have as collaborators local farmers who are waiting for the start of the project and the chief of my locality who has opted to give land for cultivation our product.
I Egbe Daniel Arrey was born on the 30th of August 1991, in Kembong, a small village in Manyu Division, Southwest Region, Cameroon. I had 5 sibling but now I have 4 with my mother still alive. My education was sponsored by relatives from primary level to University. I have a B.Sc. Zoology from the University of Buea, graduating in 2013 as the best graduating student of the department of Zoology and Animal Physiology with GPA 3.44/4. In May 2015, I acquired a level 5 ABMA diploma in shipping and logistics, which alongside my work experiences have shaped my thinking and built up the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2016, I got sponsorship to study a masters in Public Health at the University of Buea. One year later I suspended the program due to termination of funding for reasons not known to me. In January 2018, I started working with Metropolitan Plastics S.A as Assistant Sales Clark. With the state of Cameroon, entrepreneurship is the only way out as they are fewer jobs and many job seekers. The desire to change my family background, affect the lives of underprivileged Cameroonians and abscond from economic hardship are motivating factors for engaging in entrepreneurship. I have succeeded in many of my endeavors due to immersed energy, enthusiasm, persistence, and motive. With regards to my idea, I have succeeded to gain the interest and trust of some farmers and the chief of my locality, who has opted to offer land for cultivation of our crops once the experimental phase is completed and project ready to commerce. I have no award in business but I am sure this will be my first award as an entrepreneur. It should be noted that I received an award as the best student of the department of Zoology.