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.
Intergrated backyard projects through home training and funding later
Explain your idea in details:
To fund projects of an extra-ordinary nature, proper preparation is key. Our belief is that we are just a step away from attaining good constant supply of fresh produce right in the backyards of our homes. Only 1% (one percent) out of the 7000 beneficiaries of the backyard farming programme in Botswana were able to eliminate hunger from their door steps. Owing to the 99% failure are two reasons, being; - adverse water scarcity specifically at the time of implementation and unavailability of land. Although there is a new set of circumstances; - climate change, water and land scarcity, but, we believe they have not beat up our brains. We are in control. With the aid of low cost tunnels from a range of credible suppliers we are planning to break the seasonality of farming and introduce the use of controlled environment to retain moisture. We intend to create an effective skills equipping home training programme. With the appropriate funding, mentorship and consultation from expert advice, what more could we expect to go wrong. Our gardening will be for out-of-school youth and actively agile adults, less privileged, disabled, volunteers and self-sponsored individuals. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce impact of high inflation and absorb the scourge of adverse hunger and tackle poverty through funding to the deserving beneficiaries for scaling-up. Our ideal is to sustain the programme further beyond climate change as we also intend to use organic methods of food production such as aquaponics and container farming. We will use natural water flows, grey water and storm water harvested from roof tops. Affordable water filtration and purification techniques will be adopted. All fruit and vegetables are essential part of nutrition with high values of required minerals and vitamins. Cucurbits, cruciferous and leafy greens .
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Constant food availability is one of mankinds serious daily battle. To us, we have a smart equation to it: food availability makes more sense with a surplus reserves, self-sufficiency and food security. But because food is scarcely ever abundant, our plans, events, activities and efforts towards this goal are never conservative. Energy is spent to produce water for farming, whether solar or grid electricity, fuel for transport, tractor draw power are all needed for food to get from farm to plate. Employment creation is a heavy burden on government. If Mashmod and governments complimentary efforts are required for quality education output. Various skills will be honed both on the actual production, processing, sales and marketing. All this integration of skills resources will provide community with well learned graduate community. The existence of our programme will encourage accountability for every member of society for their initiative and input towards their own food sufficiency. This sense of ownership and pride will evoke devotion and a burning desire to attaining self-actualization and abstraction. Participants will be expected to keep records of their production, sales and accounting aspects of these mini projects. The yardstick for measuring output will be the annual turnover of the individual projects. If the sales are able to breakeven or have surplus after the proposed period then the project will be deemed viable. A combination of the project and trainee attributes will be a great determinant of the projects capability. The project will be closely monitored by consultants and relevant auditors.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
For this particular reminisced programme, we intend to sustain our system through the hook. Our hook for sustainability acts in two ways, firstly the attendants know that they need to secure themselves a ticket for the bigger funding in the anticipated scaling stage. With this reason there will be no room for failure. The proactive visionary will constantly safeguard their promised future and keep progress to ascertain a spot for the bigger picture. This hassle for credits will enable the system running continually with minimum supervision hence enabling participants engagement. Secondly, the urgent need for nutrition and combating the food desert by securing a fresh, succulent food source within the comfort of their homes. Food accessibility should help the potential farmer (trainee) to keep providing for their household. He/she understands the need to contribute to their diet. This includes saving a great deal on money frequently spent on transport to grocery stores for unhealthy fast-foods rather than healthy, affordable and easily cultivated food. This will be a legit job for the trainer who will also keep the trainee on their toes so he will benefit from a legitimate and hard earned monthly salary. The trainers who will mostly comprise graduates will see this as an eye-opener and good job traction including a reputable resume. This form of farming actually improves social bonds within community. The merit based part of rewarding will improve confidence on the involved stakeholders to work extra. Funds will be first sourced from government who will kick-start the first leg of the cycle (incubation). The seed fund will be expected to be estimated at $2000 USD (P20 000). This will then be followed by second led which will involve heavy investments. Here, the plan has been tried and test and ready for suitable investors.
My name is Keoleboge Olebole Tsheko and I come from Maun a small town in the Ngamiland District (north-western Botswana). I am 27 years old (turning 28 in November 15th) and I am a third born in a family of four. My greatest highlight in leadership was when I become the student representative minister of Information and Propaganda and also chairman of the Environmental society club in the same year (2013-2014) at my previous university. This to me reflected a significant level of maturity, good work-ethics, character, confidence, and hard work from my side. To be trusted with two full-time leadership positions simultaneously is not an easy task and to be entrusted with such authority proves a great deal of responsibility. I was both privileged and humbled to have these positions running concurrently because I had the chance to be schooled in one go. During induction I had the opportunity attend a leadership course. It was at that same teaching were I picked up the importance of getting work done and how to work well within a team. I was educated on the significance of effective communication, goal-setting, time management, negativity of procrastination, how to be an effective team player. It was also here were I learnt that proper preparation prevents poor performance as I had to prepare weekly updates to the club, chair 2 meetings in a week also for the club and attend a Students Representative Council meeting every fortnight. I see these roles both as a positive development in my leadership and business career because it improved on my interpersonal skills and also demonstrated to me some of errors we do in leadership such as trying to accomplish every task rather than delegating them to team members.