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:
Objectives To address water scarcity caused by the climate change to promote sustainable agriculture among women and youth. Increased income of at least 400 small holder young farmers in every project area. Improved Nutrition, Sanitation & Environment. Activities. Conducting needs assessment survey in the project area, Meeting group representatives at sub county level to create awareness on water management and Sustainable Agriculture, Conducting training's of farmer trainers in group dynamics so that they are able to train their fellows in groups, Train women and youth on how to build rain water harvesting structures through local technicians, Train women and youth on good agronomic practices to mitigate the effect of climate change and increase production, Train young people on cooperative management and water management practices in agriculture to strengthen their capacity to increase farm production and get jobs to earn a living,and construct rain water harvesting structures, Training women and youth’ in business planning, selection & management, Record keeping, local savings and credit methodologies Linking Savings associations to existing Micro finance Institutions, training in marketing, & cooperative management and provision of market information,Promote farmers’ research and access to good markets, Support to extension service delivery on nutrition, sanitation and hygiene ,Support tree planting community demonstration Nurseries and Farmer trainers’ workshops in agro-forestry, a forestation, plus nursery bed Management . Hwera Africa aims at enabling communities to construct water harvesting structures that will help women and youth to harvest rain running water during rainy season and store it to be used to irrigate crops when rain water is scarce. We train women and youth with the technology that can be maintained, repaired and replaced by local people. This sustainable technology is affordable and disaster resilient and can be operated by people with special needs like disabled.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
We expect to promote rain running water management practices amongst youth and women especially teen mothers that optimize the volume and the timing of rain water supply to farms, improve and stabilize the farm yields in rural communities of Uganda through implementation of sustainable irrigation system, increase yields of farms and minimize year to year farm yield fluctuations leading to higher and more stable income of farmers and increase the productivity of rain running water to be used for irrigation. All the above expected impacts help us to achieve sustainable water management in agriculture, increase food productivity, enhance food security, reduced poverty, gender equality, and clean water hence improved youth and women livelihood. We will measure the success of my project according to the number of water harvesting structures built and mantained,number of youth and women benefited from the project and success stories generated from public.All these will be inline with our strategic objectives of ensuring effective mitigation measures towards the effects of climate change and increasing food security by promoting a sustainable water management system in the agriculture sector in Uganda.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our actions in implementing this project include; strengthening institutional and farmer capacity by training them on cooperative management, constructing rain harvesting structures through use of innovated local materials and Rain-fed irrigation systems by encouraging inclusive participation of youth regardless of gender and physical abilities in the development of rain-fed irrigation systems and raising knowledge on operation and management practices of rainwater harvesting systems. Awareness creation on good operation and management practices by establishing demonstration models and prepare audio-visuals, guide books, TV programs, leaflets and posters on rainwater harvesting systems and information on use of rain water harvesting systems in operating budget, improving farms throughout the year by increasing farmer’s equal access to project planning and their participation in land-use planning processes as well as increasing farmer’s equal access to job opportunities and assurance of their participation in farms/gardens to be maintained until production starts. we assume the continuous unpredictable weather conditions characterized by heavy rainfall and prolonged drought which shall force many farmers to take-up irrigation methods, a strong economy, without major recession, continuous market for our clients farm products and this will enable them support themselves and continue with the project even when Hwera Africa is no longer financing the project. In collaboration with young farmers champions network (YOFCHAN) and uganda youth senate (UYS), we managed to fundraise small resources that enabled us to build this concept and begin some partial implementation of the project.
My name is Muhwera Ronald a graduate from Makerere University with bachelors in environmental science. I was born in 1989 in a remote village of mabanga in the hills of kigezi in the south western part of Uganda. I was brought up in farming family that depended on farming as the major source of income for family up keep and money for the school fees. In 1998-1989 when i was 10 years old the whole country was affected by a severe drought which destroyed almost all the plants and agriculture farms that led to famine. This led to loss of both animals and human lives. After school i had to find the possible solution for a such disaster in the community by getting an alternative means that was non other than tapping rain running water to be used in periods of water scarcity. This project was championed by Hwera Africa in partnership with other young farming organizations like young farmers’ champions network in order to have such problems to an end. This idea has proved beyond the reasonable doubt that it is helpful to farmers especially in dry seasons wen water is scarce.