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
School Feeding Programme To Zero Hunger
Explain your idea in details:
Hunger is something that can be eradicated completely because the world produces enough food that can feed all nations. I have taken up an initiative to introduce school feeding program for school going children as well as empower farmers in rural areas of my country Zambia to help zero hunger. According to the United Nations World Food Programme, 66 million primary school age children go hungry every day, with 23 million hungry children in Africa alone. Furthermore, 80% of these 66 million children are concentrated within just 20 countries. Additionally, 75 million school-age children (55% of them girls) do not attend school, with 47% of them living in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, the need to reduce hunger while increasing school enrollment in these children is evident, and school feeding programs have been developed to target this multifaceted problem. By also empowering women through farming inputs this will help continue the supply of food towards the school feeding programme. Poor crop yields are due to low usage of fertilizer to a number of factors among them high cost of fertilizer, limited availability of fertilizer especially in rural areas, lack of knowledge on correct usage of fertilizer.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
School feeding programs have been defined by the World Bank as "targeted social safety nets that provide both educational and health benefits to the most vulnerable children, thereby increasing enrollment rates, reducing absenteeism, and improving food security at the household level". Beyond improvements in access to food, school feeding programs also have a positive impact on nutritional status, gender equity, and educational status, each of which contributes to improving overall levels of a country and human development.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Being someone who went to a village school from my grade 6 - 9 at a small village in the floodplains of western Zambian I understand the hardships that many go through in rural areas. It is hard for many to get 3 good meals per day. Sixty percent of people in Zambia live below the poverty line and 42 percent are considered to be extremely poor,More than 350,000 people in the country are food insecure, i.e. they do not have access to a regular supply of healthy food and In both rural and urban households, poverty levels are highest amongst female-headed households with extreme poverty levels of more than 60 percent in rural areas and 15 percent in urban areas. Education saved me and I want to use it to save others who do not have the same strength as me to get out of the hardships of life. Through my corporate social responsibility of the company I have formed which is into e-commerce, I will be able to support this projects. I will of course from time to time partner and collaborate with USAID, World Food Programme to help zero hunger among school going children. Education is the key to come out of the shadows of poverty and hunger.
My name is Muyunda Kaonga a Zambian aged 23 currently studying Bachelor of Computer Application at Chandigarh University in India. I have embarked on a mission to become a pioneer in the e-commerce industry in my country Zambia and expand my projects to nearby neighboring sub-Saharan countries. I also want to promote entrepreneurship at an early stage and also ICT among school going children. I am a very creative hard-working young man and this is something I have proven throughout my life, being Head Boy and school council executive in High School, having achieved top position in class multiple times and currently Student Advisory committee member at Chandigarh University. My humble background has never been an excuse for failure; I constantly did my part and left everything to GOD. Africa is a very rich continent and we have so much potential for growth; I am one of those energized youths that want to be part of building a great tomorrow and add positively to the economic development of our beautiful country. I am also an event manager having worked as an assistant to the CEO for an event management company where I got much of my managerial and entrepreneurship skills from. I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, sharing ideas and engaging in key activities that will help shape a better community. I believe it is now time for Africa to become the pioneer for technology and develop its continent. We the youths are the future. I have the ability to connect dots and my greatest motivation is to become a bridge for others to suceed.