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.
Empowering small-scale youth with hands-on agricultural skills
Explain your idea in details:
Despite the potentiality of agriculture to change the livelihoods of women, youths and people with disabilities, many challenges still linger ahead. Many young men and women (including persons with disabilities) face lack modern technologies, capital, technical know-how, knowledge and skills. All these factors lead to poor yields, making agriculture activities unattractive to young men and women who migrate to urban areas where they remain either un-employed or under-employed, and for persons with disabilities the situation is worse. Kilimo Joint, conceived way back in 2015, and formally registered in 2017, came upon these above-mentioned problems when it undertook a rapid needs assessment for its intervention in rural areas in Kisarawe district. As a one-stop-centre, Kilimo Joint, since its inception, has been training small scale farmers, particularly young men and women and persons with disabilities, running demonstration farms (shamba darasa), social media campaigns to attract youth (300 so far covered), but its capacity remains limited to scale and replicate these much-needed interventions in other rural parts of the country, including Kisarawe district, Kibaha, Bagamoyo, and Singida region, where our needs assessment indicated much potential. Particularly, activities to be undertaken in this respect include: rolling out hands-on, practical knowledge through demonstration plots on irrigation systems, crop rotation and diversification; knowledge on local varieties of seeds; financial management (including book and record keeping), market research; application of better fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides; use of cost-effective and time-saving hand-operated technologies like maize sheller, fruit and vegetable dryers, and sun-flower extractors and expellers.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
- More than 400 women, youth and people with special needs trained on hands-on skills and good agricultural practices - Generate employment at least 400 are able to employ 2 persons on average - Improve availability of different food types such as onion, tomatoes and chilies - Increased acreage on average from 1 to 2 per farmer per season - Improved food security, better nutrition and the conservation and sustainable use of local ecosystems. - Increased crop yields on average from 7 bags to 16 bags , resulting in greater food security and improved incomes - Adaptation of modern farm techniques which will promote food security, economic growth in the community. - Empower 15 youth, 10 women and 8 people disabilities with knowledge to train other groups in various topics of agribusiness - Easy access of correct agro-inputs and information to farmers in order to be competitive in local and international the markets. - More than 1000 families and community members positively impacted on development skills so to bridge the unemployment, raise incomes, and improve standards of living. - Increased number of vulnerable people up to 1000 involved completely in agribusiness at Kisarawe district - Established agribusiness learning centers in 3 villages at Kisarawe which will be used as skills development centers during and after the program. - At least 50% of farmers increase their savings and able to borrow from Banks, SACCOS and other financial institutions. - 60% of farmers are able to apply new farm techniques by 2020
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The project is focused on poverty alleviation, through increased household incomes, which will empower these communities financially, enabling them to invest and grow their businesses in the future. The project will help to establish sustainable value chains with committed value chain actors, thereby strengthening the farmers access to stable markets. Such linkages will also attract inward investment e.g. to establish local value addition such as solar drying, from commercial processors keen to secure reliable access to supplies of high-quality produce. The project approach will be incorporated into the plans of the implementing partners and associates so that they will continue to provide the needed assistance and technical support to communities in the project area. The project will be implemented in close collaboration with local authorities and the learning will gradually be integrated into their development programs. Kilimo Joints approach in the whole project is a business venture approach where the trained youths are able to earn a living by utilizing the training, they received through the programme. There are several ways the youth can earn a living such as: 1. Multiplication of the Orange flesh sweet potato vines for sale to other farmers 2. Training the other farmers using the digital extension tools for a fee after the project ends 3. Irrigating the farmlands for the farmers at a fee 4. Harvesting, sorting and packaging produce for the farmers at a fee 5. Solar drying the produce for the other farers at a fee 6. They will also use the knowledge acquired to venture into farming and earn incomes Kilimo Joint also provides and supplies agricultural inputs and solar driers. This project will create an opportunity for providing these goods and business opportunities to keep supplying them even after the project ends.
Linda Byaba was born in Dar es salaam, Tanzania on 26 April 1986. She graduated from Phandulwazi Agricultural School in 2004 and from the University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus-South Agrica with Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics in 2008. After receiving her education, Linda joined a Capacity bulding training company for 1 year as training assistant in South Africa. She later worked with PPL International as Project Associate and Regional Coordinator Africa from 2010 2011. Linda joined Balton Tanzania Ltd as Sale Executive from 2012 to 2013 then got promoted to become head of Business Development and Public Relations up to 2015. She then worked with Yara Tanzania as marketing specialist in 2016 within the same year she was promoted to be Marketing Manager East Africa until 2018 when she left the company to open her own (Kilimo Joint Ltd.). Kilimo Joint is an agribusiness consulting company registered in Tanzania empowering small holder farmers especially women and youth with agricultural practice, knowledge and technical know how and agricultural mechanization skills. Her company also offer services such agro input, output and linking farmers with market. Linda has so far employed permanent 6 youth and 40 temporary across the country based on a project requirements. Her passion has been around agribusiness and to empower young people and women to become self dependent and self employed in the agriculture sector. Setting an example, Linda uses her farms as demonstration plots for other farmers to learn and be motivated. So far she has approximately 3000 individual youths that she consulted direct through her social media platform, 200 are on the ground and expect to help more by 2025. Seeing more youth are engaged in agribusiness and have positive results drive more this young and enthusiastic lady.