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
Mobile Agricultural software development
Explain your idea in details:
The mobile agricultural software idea is proposed Android/Apples software that will operate in most mobile phones and supply first class information to intending and existing farmers. The objectives of this software will be to reach out to farmers, researchers and student on the latest information, guidelines on agricultural trends. Also to create basic empowerment to intending farmers and create a platform for consultancy, to create job opportunity to people. Help researches with valuable information, also to maximize profit for farmers and student through development of business plan and research proposals As this software will be aim towards sustainable agricultural development and profit making, the target populations are basically existing agriculture farmers, intending farmers and students (researchers). The step by step approach includes distribution of questioners to the target population with the purpose of getting a picture of there mind and improvement towards the software. The feedback will be used in planning the functionalities of the software after which contacts will be made to agricultural departments in schools and institutes for support and awareness. Likewise the ministry of agriculture in the state won't be left out. These will create a solid background and help maximize the users population, trust and the software effectiveness. It has been noticed that lack of information to most population have created a reluctant mindset of not venturing to agriculture likewise several farms or agricultural setups have shutdown due to challenges faced from production, management, processing and marketing. With thousands of researches conducted in schools and agricultural institutes, improvements have been minimal due to inaccessible channels to share this research recommendation with farmers. The innovation behind developing this software is to shorten the channels and make information, interaction and marketing easy to promote improvement sustainably.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
As Agricultural practices are valuable to improve the nation and its citizen by providing food, employment opportunities, natural resources and foreign exchange, it is important to build on this trend by creating a fulfilling environment for farmers. The target of this idea is to contribute to the development and impact the population directly. The agricultural mobile application will have a great effect on the local sector of all age groups; it will solve the problem of poverty, food spoilage, and natural resources management. It will expose the population to diverse of opportunity that will help them channel their resources on Agriculture. The target of this software is to reach a promising milestone and see improvement on the production of food materials and connections between like minds The success of this idea will be measured through the impact of this software on domestic farming and information distribution. Feedbacks will be encouraged to evaluate the effectiveness and relevance of the data shared
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The implementation of this idea will go inline with a business model that will enable its sustainability; the key partners (collaborators) include the Ministry of Agriculture and natural resources (Department of Agriculture), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and other institutes of Fisheries and aquaculture. Value propositions include easy access to agricultural information, marketing trends functionalities, quick response to enquires and consultancy. The key resources needed include human resources which will the major resources needed, professionals in agricultural field will be employed to provide relevant information to sustain the software. Seeking ideas and information will be done time to time for smooth running; human resources will be needed to carry out project works and frequent check up. The major activities are to seek latest information from researchers and institutes of Agriculture and upload it to the software for easy access to farmers who will implement them to enhance their production. Consultancy services will be done both online and offline for customers interested. The customer relationship will be planned to create some incentives for users and make them feel safe. Revenues will be generated from this software through advertisement, consultancy, marketing and agricultural business plan development. The financing source for this project is not known yet as the plan is to seek grant from the government or non government bodies to fund the project. The sustainability plan for this business includes management of this software by the developer and further improvement.
I am a graduate of Aquaculture and Fisheries with a second class upper grade from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). With the zeal to venture into agriculture and practice it, I went to the agricultural institution and was admitted into a major aquaculture and fisheries which lasted for 5years. I am currently within the age bracket of 20 - 25years old, and obtained my bachelors degree last year followed by my one year compulsory National Youth Service at Sokoto state Nigeria. Although I am from am not from a financially stable family background, but my family helped me with my education till I obtained my first degree in my favorite field of study. My entrepreneurship motivation started since my undergraduate days when I was motivated with my abilities. Before choosing agriculture as a profession, I knew I would need entrepreneurship qualities which I developed by choosing the right role models and studied their path to success. This helped me develop and made me innovate this idea and develop different thought and strategies to implement and sustain it. I had little work experiences which started from my industrial training days where I worked with a fish farm and was in charged of different practical responsibilities and also during my National youth service year, I served with the ministry of Agriculture and Natural resources for a year with duties related to sustain agriculture in Sokoto states. I possess qualities in my field, aquaculture and agriculture skills and few qualities outside that box which include Graphics designing, use of Microsoft word and Excel. Another attracting quality of mine is Biogas plant development. I was awarded an entrepreneurship training program certificate presented to me by the Bank of Industry (BOI) and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) during my service year.