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Developing a Sustainable Organic Farming Ecosystem in Africa

Published on July 2, 2014 um 13:09

Summary of your idea

Our aim is to spark a green farming revolution across Africa. We see a future where the majority of small-scale farmers are trained in the most effective organic farming practices and technological systems for their geographic region. We want farmers across Africa to learn how to harness alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power to meet their energy demands and reduce their total carbon footprint. We want also these farmers to minimize their dependence on harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers as they learn to employ natural fertilization and pest control techniques that conserve resources and ultimately preserve their natural environment. We will first research and prototype our model of small-scale commercial farming using organic farming practices and low-cost innovative technological systems. We will then document and catalog all of the techniques, practices, and technology we have developed to produce a variety of interactive user manuals and training programs. We will work in partnership with primary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions to introduce both novice and experienced farmers to the techniques that we will have implemented and optimized on our own farms. We will also assist farmers in acquiring, installing, and servicing the technological systems we have tested. We also intend to establish commercial partnership programs that will provide flexible financing to small-scale farmers along with training and educational programs intended to promote the use of organic farming techniques. We intend to develop local and international supply chains in order to facilitate the production, storage, processing, distribution, and sale of produce. We ultimately hope to develop a complete ecosystem to support economic sustainability in order to drive this process of agricultural renaissance across Africa.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

We expect that farmers who engage in our programs will experience an increase in their overall productivity which will result in increased income for these farmers. These farmers will be able to take advantage of the growing demand for organic produce and thus gain a larger share of sales in the organic food industry. We also expect the abundance of organic produce to trickle down into the local markets and result in an increase in the local consumption of healthier produce. We expect farmers in our program to adopt the use of renewable energy sources and thus reduce dependence on environmentally harmful energy sources. Farmers in our program will begin to adopt the use of innovative, low-cost organic farming techniques and thus reduce dependence on chemical fertilizers and harmful pesticides. We also expect that these farmers will learn the use of ecologically friendly farming practices and thus reduce the damage to agricultural land caused by outdated farming practices such as monoculture.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

We intend to source for funds from venture capitalists who are interested in investing in agricultural reform in Africa. We also intend to explore crowdsourcing as a possible means of financing. Additionally, we are also willing to explore more traditional financing options such as obtaining loans from agricultural development banks in Africa. Our business model is centered around the management of the agricultural ecosystem that we intend to develop. This includes direct sales from produce on our farms, commission from sales earned from partnering farms, the provision of informational and educational services, the installation, management, and servicing of technological infrastructure, and the management of supply chain networks. We will employ a centralized management structure built around a comprehensive information systems architecture to monitor, evaluate, and optimize our production, training, R&D, marketing, sales, and logistics networks. We intend to form long-term collaborative relationships with other organic farms such as So Green Farms and the Ghana Permaculture Institute. We intend to benefit from their years of expertise as we develop our own knowledge base and unique approach.

Your profile

This project is the brainchild of three Ashesi University alumni based in Accra, Ghana, aged between 22 and 26. We bring together a rich blend of knowledge and inspiration from our backgrounds in Computer Science, Business Administration, and Management Information Systems. We are designers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and reformers who want to make an impact using everything that we have learned and all the resources at our disposal. We see social entrepreneurship as a tool to redesign the landscape of Africa to harness its full potential. We are pragmatic optimists who believe that big dreams, hard work, and perseverance can transform the world.

Stage of Idea

planning stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, education, sustainable energy, food security, poverty reduction, sustainable trade, empowerment of women

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July 12, 2014 17:34

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