Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
To coordinate training such as food safety, standards, labelling and packaging of products and quality control with the respective agency for training. Increase the variety of agro-based processed products on the local markets, improve the quality of local agro-based processed products. Increase the number of small and medium enterprises involved in the processing of agricultural commodities. A growing agro-processing industry can greatly reduce post-harvest losses by transforming perishable produce into more shelf stable differentiated products. Farmers often lose between 20 and 80 per cent of their yields post-harvest. Demand from agro-processors would offer already market and thus income for these yields that would otherwise go to waste. contribute at least as much as growth in agriculture toward reducing poverty because the investment in agro-processing produces a significant multiplier effect along the supply chain. The investment generates demand for packaging, transportation, and agricultural products, which in turn generates demand for associated agricultural inputs (such as fertilizer, seeds, pesticides, farm equipment, and so on). In turn, this creates employment along the entire value chain, both on and off the farm. The production of soy bean bi-products such as.Soy Milk, Soy Yogurt, Pumpkin seed Flour, Soy flour, Soy cooking oil, pumpkin cooking oil, Soy animal feed by using new technologies Export to EAU, EK, AFRICA and EUROPE. The use of technologies to preserve and add value to specific local agricultural commodities that have a production surplus E.g Pumpkin, soybeans The processing of raw traditional commodities such as Soybean and Pumpkin into flour for the production of baked products (bread, bites, biscuits). The processing and packaging of cheese, milk and yoghurt, Ice cream and butter. The packaging of bi-products e.g honey; training of university students, women's groups and farmers on the agro-processing techniques of the commodities mentioned above.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
AGRO-PROCESSING REDUCES POST HARVEST LOSSES A growing agro-processing industry can greatly reduce post-harvest losses by transforming perishable produce into more shelf stable differentiated products. Farmers often lose between 20 and 80 percent of their yields post-harvest. Demand from agro-processors would offer aready marketand thus incomefor theseyields that would otherwise go to waste. AGRO-PROCESSING IT HELP NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES While most people think of food products when they hear agro-processing, other products derived from agricultural raw materials include cosmetics, leather, medicines, textiles, fuel, industrial additives, and more. All of these present growing market opportunities. AGRO-PROCESSING IS A NECESSARY PART OF THE AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN Local produce is sold with limited value addition and retailers stock imported processed products because local processing is either absent or sub-par. Supply side limitations also exist as rational farmers tend to produce what they believe they can sell and may have no incentive to increase production without added demand from the agro-processing sector AGRO-PROCESSING PROMOTES JOB CREATION AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH Agro-processing, contribute at least as much as growth in agriculture toward reducing poverty because the investment in agro-processing produces a significant multiplier effect along the supply chain. The investment generates demand for packaging, transportation, and agricultural products, which in turn generates demand for associated agricultural inputs (such as fertilizer, seeds, pesticides, farm equipment,and so on). In turn, this creates employment along the entire value chain, both on and off the farm. Research indicates that for every job created in processing, an additional 2.8 jobs are created in the economy. -Reduce poverty and enhance food security and nutrition (access and utilization) -Enhance agricultural productivity through diversification/intensification, sustainable management of natural resources, use of quality inputs and mechanization - Improve market linkages, value addition, and quality and safety of the food system - Further improve technology generation and adaptation through better producer extension-research linkages
Plans for implementation and sustainability
To provides a living wage for vulnerable groups, such as smallholders, small enterprises, women-and youth-run enterprises, while also enabling buyers to profit; Uses flexible trading arrangements that make it easier for smallholders to supply a buyer, such as cash on delivery, accepting small consignments, and providing reliable and regular orders; supports farmers and small enterprises to establish a stronger negotiation position through skills development, collective bargaining and access to market information and financial services; builds on the skills and expertise of existing market players, including traders and processors, and promotes value chain collaboration, transparency in pricing mechanisms and risk sharing; is salable in the medium term so that the number of small actors involved can be increased and/or the type of business model can be replicated in other value chains or parts of the sector; allows for diversified income streams in the long term, enabling the dissemination of upgraded skills to the rest of the sector and avoiding over dependence on any single buyer or market outlet. To facilitate observations, these financing models are divided according to their repayment source or collateral into three categories: farmer, movable collateral, and buyer. In financing models targeting the farmer or groups of farmers,collateral generally involves cash flow analysis by banks in order to underwrite anticipated earnings,overall savings, and/or group guarantees. Financing models using movable assets as collateral often include leased equipment or harvested commodities in warehouses. Financing models that rely on buyers as the repayment source are based upon an overall value chain analysis in which strong business relationship.
I am 29yrs a young passionate and determined lady in the farming business, practicing agriculture as business.In the year 2016 I just decided to stand on my own producing Soya beans, Sesame,Ginger and Sunflower having my first harvests in 2017. Being passionate, I am growing a number of horticultural crops, particularly fruit vegetables, leaf vegetables and root vegetables and spices. Just to mention; Sweet pepper, Watermelon ,Cabbages, Carrots, and production of some field crops being it legumes and oil seeds, to mention-Soya beans,Sesame,Pumpkin and Sunflower.I am also well engaged in small scale dairies factory which deals with milk and products of milk processing like fresh milk,yogurt,ice cream,butter and cheese.