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:
With overfishing, marine pollution and indigenous agents, Sénégal has seen its fish production stagnate as its population continues to grow. Thus we note a deficit of this important commodity, which is unacceptable for a country like Senegal where fish represents 70% of the nutritional intake of proteins of animal origin. So to increase the production of fish Senegal has focused on the fish farming , but current fish farmers (often lacking training) can not fix this shortage. So to solve this problem we had the idea to create Senfish specialized in the training and support of fish farmers (who often ignore recent technologies by inaccessibility to training) .Senfish wishes to train current fish farmers (who often use artisanal methods) to new technologies (assisted farms, integration of the iot ...) which will allow them to intensify their farm and thus increase their production. Secondly, we want to help groups of artisanal fishermen (victims of industrial boats with whom they can hardly compete) and rural areas (where access to fish is difficult) by training them to these current technologies of fish farming then accompany them until they get their own farm, in collaboration with the governement. Fish farmers and the market (restaurants, fishmongers, supermarkets, processing industry ...) will be linked via a market networking service that we will develop ourselves. Thus, with Senfish, we want to satisfy the fish needs of the entire Senegalese population and create a large fish market that we will try to spread throughout West Africa.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The main advantage of Senfish is that the problem of the shortage of fish which rages Senegal can be solved. The fish farming in Senegal will be no more than a subsistence activity practiced by untrained craftsmen but rather a real fish industry practiced by professionals who have undergone prior training.We will facilitate access to training for all Senegalese since the training does not require any prerequisite knowledge.Senfish will allow fishermen who are victims of industrial boats to produce fish with another method. Senfish will allow the creation of employment and will help fish farmers already in the field to intensify their culture through training, it will facilitate the sale of the product through our platform so commercial fish farmers will be spared unsold losses, populations will have access to fish and will be able to benefit from its many nutritional benefits . Catching fish from the wild can not always meet the consumer's demand. In such cases fish farming can meet up this demand. If the production becomes more important, the sub-regional market and the export are envisaged so the economy of the country would benefit.In summary: the impact is that the number of trained fish farmers increases, the demand of the country in fish would be satisfied and the country's economy will grow with exports.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Senfish is a training and supervision company in intensive fish farming. These main customers are young illiterate, the artisanal fish farmers, the fishermen, the inhabitants of the zones where the access to fish is difficult, and any group of people wishing to engage in fish farming. It includes a department of teachers and supervisors (to train, help and supervise customers) and a market networking department to connect fish farmers wanting to sell and the market. The collaboration of the government is expected since it is a social start up that aims to help current farmers and train several fish farmers to cover the need for fish. For artisanal fish farmers already launched they can register in the section "Improvement" of our platform and inform us about the state of their farm. Then we will learn them new technologies to modernize their farm. For those who wish to engage in fish farming (fishermen victims of industrial boats, family, simple inhabitant ...), they will be able to register in our platform then we group them according to their localities to make them undergo together the training and to supervise them until obtaining their own fish farm. We will develop a national program to promote intensive fish farming and then generate public interest for our start up. In the future we wish sign agreements with West African states interested in this fish farming policy and create a large fish market .
My name is Momar KEBE and I am a student in electromechanical engineering.I am 23 years old and from Dakar, which is the capital of Senegal.My major asset is self control in any situation. I never rush things.And I always say this: "Word alone has never solved a problem" .To eradicate a problem we must act but not only discuss about it and stay there.For this reason I started in the entrepreneurship at a young age to always contribute to the development of my country.My objective is to help the illiterate people to have their field of activity that does not require to go to school previously. So I'm always looking for ways to find opportunities for young people in Senegal (low schooling rate) . It is in this context that I thought of a company training and supporting young volunteers wanting to start fish farming. And at the same time help those who are already in the field. In the future I want to popularize other types of profitable activities that can be practiced by illiterate young people. I also want to ensure a share of the food security of my country by training and accompanying fish farmers who in turn will participate in the production of fish. So by combining fishing and fish farming the need for fish would be satisfied in the near future.