Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Nardy Green Planet
Explain your project in details:
Nardy Green Planet offers companies to offset their CO2 emissions, employees to secure a better life in retirement and family farm households to increase their production through three products or services tailored to: 1- Eco-sponsorship Target: Companies with Societal and Environmental Responsibilities (CSR). Eco-sponsorship allows companies to offset their CO2 emissions by financing the creation or restoration of a forest for the benefit of a given community. 2- The Green Insurance Retirement (GAR) Target: employees (regardless of income) Green Insurance Retirement (GAR) is the solution to the first concern of any employee in Africa: life in retirement. Nardy Green Planet offers to any employee, regardless of his income, to invest today in the creation of a tree plantation with high economic value that will bring him up to twenty-five million (25,000,000) FCFA after 20 years. 3- The green manure Target: low-income agricultural producers Nardy Green Planet offers growers plant species with high capacity for sustainable soil enrichment to allow them to increase their production by more than 50% compared to chemical fertilizers they have great difficulty in provision. Adopting Nardy Green Planet's green manure saves the producer money that he or she should use to buy chemical fertilizers and invest in another economic activity or in education or health from his family. Added value brought by Nardy Green Planet: -Responsibility - Economic stability - Carbon effect
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation for socio-economic purposes are all causes of climate change. Farmers are the first to pay the price of environmental destruction. The length of the dry seasons, the impoverishment of the land, the rise of the ocean level, the heat, the drying up of the rivers, are all effects of the climate change which penalize the agricultural production today. This is why reforestation of cultivated plots is the best alternative. The roots of planted trees will connect with each other and better retain water. A very important process for the survival of crops in drought, when it does not rain for several weeks. Also, trees will be able to absorb carbon emissions. The fall in agricultural productivity due to the disruption of the rains has a considerable negative impact on the purchasing power of the farmers. Low crop yields do not allow producers to repay government fertilizer prices. The producers are thus indebted to the state with a direct consequence on their living conditions. Adopting green manure allows farmers to save money on chemical fertilizer and invest it in another income activity. This project puts the human being at the heart of the action. The reduction of chemical inputs in agricultural production helps to preserve society from many diseases and the creation of forests helps to capture the carbon emitted by companies. Number of hectares of forest replanted or established: 96 ha Number of hectares of farmland restored: 600 ha Number of farmers accompanied: 2,400 Economy realized by the farmers: 30 600 000 FCFA
Sustainability and future plans
Nardy Green Planet make B2B and B2C. The increasing economic activity of companies and the demands of national policies on social and environmental responsibility, the search for well-being of retired employees and the constant search for a cheaper alternative for the increase of the Agricultural production is the strength and sustainability guarantee of our project. We raised 1.9 million FCFA from the Support Fund for Youth Economic Initiatives in Togo in 2016. We envisage by 2021: - raise at least 20 million FCFA to develop us. - Sign contracts with 120 companies, 12,000 employees and 16,000 agricultural producers. We also planned to associate reforestation with access to renewable energy. Thus, Nardy Green Planet will offer growers who will adopt our green manure solar lamps payable in installments with the money they would have ecomized on the purchase of chemical fertilizers.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I was born on May 17, 1984. I have more than 8 years of experience in supporting agricultural producers in the adoption of new techniques and cultural practices with high environmental value in Togo In November 2015, I was selected among the top 10 green projects in Togo. This appointment enabled the startup to raise 1,900,000 FCFA from the Support Fund for Youth Economic Initiatives (FAIEJ) and to benefit from a one-year incubation at Ask Conseil's Lomé-based firm. Following its performances in 2015, i was nominated among the 10 best young startups in Togo as part of Totalstratuppeurs competition in February 2016 organized by Total. In April 2016, with its AgriBooster product, I was selected to participate in the Agrihack talent hackathon organized by the Eco Hub incubator with the support of CTA in Lomé, Togo. In October 2016, again with AgriBooster, I was selected among the semi-finalists for the Agrihack pitch organized by CTA and its partners in the Netherlands. In 2017, I contributed to an FAO-organized online forum on youth entrepreneurship and access to finance in Africa. In 2017, Nardy Green Planet was selected by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Togo for a three-month immersion course in Breton companies (France).