The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted 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.

Farm business academy

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At Plenteous we find fit to be part of the businesses supporting Sustainable Development Goals particularly goal number 4 which is Quality Education. Times have changed what our current farmers have been practicing was based on the traditional and modern education system which have being realized to be affecting the earth at large that is to say how we produce food has being contributing factor to climate change. Therefore we have designed educational programs for both rural and urban people in Botswana to adopt change on food production. We believe that installing new better ways to food production that is Eco friendly to the environment and also to the people is the best way to have a good live for the future generation. Most of the farmers have no access to quality education especially those found in rural areas. We have went far to tailor make our educational programs in different local language for better understanding of our people to understand better. We have started collaborating organizations which are in line with supporting quality education such as Go-to-Market program offered by De Beers Group with Stanford Graduate School of Business. Our programs are all focused on the new approach towards healthy food for people producing them without harming our life on earth. We believe through mentor-ship and coaching our people we can make a change.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

We expect to change mind-setup of how our local farmers have being practicing their farming. With that, we hope to have better educated farmers who produce healthy food for people also caring for the environment. This will also reduce poverty especially in rural areas, since most of the affected people are in rural areas where access to quality education is striking most. We want our people in rural areas to become educated with climate smart agriculture practices to boost healthy lives and access to food. Most of our old aged people are found to be at rural areas who are mostly affected by hunger, through our programs, we want to empower our youth to return to rural areas to partner with old age to work together on climate smart agriculture practices. This will create job opportunities for unemployed youth found in urban areas. We also want to teach our people to plant trees to promote life on land especially that we are currently experiencing heat waves. This will help a lot on improving our new culture towards making the earth safe for our future generation.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

We want to use reach our clients through face to face mass market at each district, will be also targeting military, mining organizations which have retiring or retrenched employees to be part of the re-structuring that is to say offer our training to people to have a better life after retrenchment or retiring to climate smart agriculture business ventures. We also want to partner with financing institutions to improve their services to financing agriculture projects which are certified to be Climate smart agribusiness. So far we still into talks with 5 financing institutions to partner with. We are also into talks with mining organizations to collaborate on having our programs for their staff to plan ahead for future crunch times of loss of jobs through retrenchment which can be heart stressing. We have completed our Website which will soon be running for our clients to have easy access to view our products and services. We are now working on having computer added software linked with our website and social network to calm and retain our customers. We are looking for strategic partners who can support us and also investors who can help us establish our organization to become repute and spread throughout the world at large.

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Gregory Thato Rakobe is a 29 year old Motswana who has an award in Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resource and recently completed his Master of Science Degree in Animal Management Systems. He has been award certifications on Entrepreneurship Development from Local Enterprise Authority, Supervisory Skills and Management Development from Institute of Development Management, Climate change Social Entrepreneur from Climate Exploration Hub, Property Marketing from BA ISAGO University and Executive Education for Go-to-Market from Stanford School University School of Graduate Business. Gregory has worked for Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources for 2years on National Internship Program as a Research assistant and instructor, after which he volunteered to work for one year at Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources as a Hostel Warden. During his spare time Gregory visit farmers as a consultant and currently he is building his New Company called Plenteous. Gregory has been invited by Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of to attend 29th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth 7th-20th August 2019 in Herrsching, Germany where he will participate on his new business venture which seeks to open a Farm Business Academy for Senior Citizens and Youth to learn Sustainable and Profitable practical knowledge and Skills.

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May 25, 2019 00:24

I know the gentleman behind this idea to be very knowledgeable and very diligent in his work, so I would not hesitate to give him my vote. It is my desire to see commercialization of Agriculture in Botswana so I believe that Thato's idea will bring the desired results in the Agricultural industry.


May 24, 2019 10:20

The idea is brilliant and the fact that it takes into consideration rural farmers makes it more amazing because most of the times farmers in rural areas are left out in most agriculture programs and they continue to practice old and unsustainable methods of farming, hence by including them in these projects they become educated and can better enhance their farming looking at the current climate conditions and increase food productivity in the country


May 24, 2019 09:56

Great idea that will no doubt benefit a lot of youth in Botswana. Providing education to those in rural areas will help improve and drive the agricultural sector forward and eventually help in improving food security issues in our country. Farmers are very much interested in improving their production and finding better means of increase their output but most lack the knowledge and don't know where and how to go about getting it so this idea is great and will push farmers and aspiring farmers.


May 24, 2019 08:06

Innovative farming is farming of the future. We need more agricultural entrepreneurs who are educated and innovative to increase agriculture productivity in the farmland in the current times climate change by adopting production technologies to protect crops and livestock from effects of climate change.

Tshepiso Moagi

May 23, 2019 16:26

Creative Idea Greg. Agriculture is the solution to global food crisis. Botswana has the potential for young farmers to prove the sustainability and potential of innovative agribusiness ideas.


May 23, 2019 14:08

Gregory your idea of farm business is great this is going to create a lot of opportunities for Batswana and also to Africa when it replicates. Our farmer need that most especially with Government.


May 23, 2019 13:30

My dear this is very wonderful brilliant idea to be given an opportunity to run. Botswana really needs this academy food security. This will create a lot job opportunities for rural citizens

Pelonomi Zambia Rakobe

May 23, 2019 13:24

Such an initiative will not only benefit you as youth but the nation at large. food security is what this lovely land locked country needs. You help and develop one farmer you have indirectly put your effort in almost everyone linked to that particular individual......


May 23, 2019 12:58

My Friend you have come up with a great solution, this is very impressive my friend. Agriculture needs to upgrade on Quality Education therefore, Farm Business Academy will Create Decent Jobs for Batswana and i like that you also want to replicate it to other 10 district of Botswana. We need a decent life after retirement for our Senior Citizens and also we need to bring in new methods to inspire our youth into agriculture. also our government employees will always have chance to refresh their agriculture expertise on the current and future of agriculture.


May 23, 2019 12:56

Guys lets vote for Thato Rakobe for improved Agricultural sector.

Brilliant business indeed just needs implementation and it shall be done only when we encourage our brothers and sisters to vote for him

Read his idea and vote for him or leave a comment for improvements.

Dominic Kwena

May 23, 2019 12:18

Brilliant Mr. Rakobe, I would live to see this idea come into fruition and bear fruits. we need more young people to learn from you and champion this Agricultural sector in the right path


May 23, 2019 11:30

Gregory Rakobe this super great best ideas for Botswana and also Africa agricultural education we really need it so bad. This will inform all the industry stakeholders in agriculture.

Kagiso Lefitile

May 23, 2019 10:54

That's a great initiative Mr Greg. This would empower young farmers to be innovative and move an extra mile to ensure that our country becomes self sufficient in food production. This initiative is more important for the Agricultural sector since we rely heavily on farming in Botswana

Gaofetoge Tutumpane

May 23, 2019 10:42

Mr Gregory Thato Rakobe This is the best innovation for our agriculture sector. Botswana has long struggled with upgrading its economy with Agriculture this will just solve all that in a split of a second. Our agriculture lands are not fully utilized because our people have no how knowledge and skills to do what should be done in this current times of Climate Change. This also supports Botswana Roadmap on Sustainable Development Goal 2017-2023. We are proud of your innovation Sir and wish you the best

Allie Lesaumako

May 23, 2019 09:54

This business idea is a great idea which is in line with sustainable development goals . Botswana has pledged to become a knowledge based economy therefore Mr Gregory Thato Rakobe your farm business academy idea is the solution for Batswana farmers and also government and other agriculture stake holders to catch the current times of agriculture.


May 23, 2019 08:46

Innovative farmers are the solution to food security challenges of nations. We need more farmers in agribusiness. Your idea is great, it will change the mindset of farmers.

Eric Cfour Caiphus

May 22, 2019 22:49

Our country GDP years back had Agric at the top and slowly when technology and new ways of farming were brought in things changed and Agric didn\'t keep up. With this kind of project it will help to match the modern Agric which will eventually help take Agric bit by bit back to the top and have more people venturing and loving agriculture.


May 22, 2019 21:43

This platform is majestic, it is a good way to disseminate our fellow brothers and sisters innovative agricultural ideas on a greater scale, and give a way to boost our economy for the better. Opening a Farm business academy will surely help the country to develop its food security and be able to trade with neighboring countries. We support you Big time Mr Rakobe, this is a break thruough in the Agricultural sector.


May 22, 2019 14:41

It is more than very good,it is an excellent initiative Mr Rakobe. We need to put those kind of initiatives in place we (Batswana)because it can be a solution to most Agribusinesses which are failing because of inadequate knowledge about farm businesses by the owners mostly youths because farming is a complex business.It can also helps to switch rural farmers from their traditional way of farming to modern farming/innovative agriculture.

Phatsimo Moshapa

May 22, 2019 11:15

Very good initiative Mr Rakobe. We need such initiatives in place especially that we(Botswana) are re-orientating our approach to farming and farm business. This will also decentralise resources from urban areas to rural areas thus giving equal opportunities to every Motswana to improve their knowledge in farming.

Gaofetoge Tutumpane

May 22, 2019 10:14

Gregory your Farm Business academy is the best idea for Botswana. It brings in all Stakeholders and creates and open opportunities even across borders it for local farmers to become advanced. and i wish you all the best my dear friend. This is a great solution for local farmers and private sector as well as Government my brother.

Othusitse R Madibela

May 22, 2019 09:11

This is a good initiative. Our farmers lack management and business skills. Livestock businesses are failing because of these and its high time people, especially young people get involved and teach better methods of farming instead of relying solely on government extension service.


May 22, 2019 07:55

This is a great idea. We only have one university of Agriculture in the nation, so we need more universities in agribusiness to come up with a different approach and systems that fit in the the current times agriculture climate change, so that we have master farmers who produce food for the country not just for themselves. The future is bright for emerging new leaders in agriculture entrepreneurship.

Bokamoso senau

May 22, 2019 07:45

Your idea is great for Botswana and the world... This will help take farming to a higher standard....Hence this idea is very important as it equips farmers with farming techniques, and as a result it will enable them to turn their farms into business and generate employment opportunities and also income which can boost the economy of Botswana. #voting #Gregory Thato Rakobe #Farm Business Academy

Bokamoso senau

May 22, 2019 07:45

Your idea is great for Botswana and the world... This will help take farming to a higher standard....Hence this idea is very important as it equips farmers with farming techniques, and as a result it will enable them to turn their farms into business and generate employment opportunities and also income which can boost the economy of Botswana. #voting #Gregory Thato Rakobe #Farm Business Academy

Bokamoso senau

May 22, 2019 07:45

Your idea is great for Botswana and the world... This will help take farming to a higher standard....Hence this idea is very important as it equips farmers with farming techniques, and as a result it will enable them to turn their farms into business and generate employment opportunities and also income which can boost the economy of Botswana. #voting #Gregory Thato Rakobe #Farm Business Academy

May 22, 2019 03:52

I love your idea and its impact on society! I would appreciate it if you could comment and give me suggestion about my idea as well!

May 17, 2019 01:05

Greetings Greg. I think this idea is a perfect fit for our generation in the sense that the Farm business academy will act as a hub for up-skilling and upscaling thus maximizing results output in Agriculture. Keep up the mometum.

May 15, 2019 23:33

It is great to note that your drive is to create awareness in modern farm practices through education. What measures will you use to become profitable because you idea will basically improve the yield and quality of the farmers' produce?
Also, what barriers are you currently faced with?