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.
Mycology for Social Sustainability (MSS)
Explain your idea in details:
The realization of Sustainable development is a good outcome, and I focused to achieve it. MSS main objective however is to empower and create livelihood. As someone born and raised in a developing nation malnutrition and poverty ranges at a high percentage. MSS also aims to provide employment not only to the unprivedged youth but also to the young girls and women who given up in life and fallen in to poverty because they have no educational background. Afterall, agro waste sorting requires little to no school knowledge. MSS plans to hold seminars to educate people on organic mushroom farming, Bio-waste recycling and how waste can be converted to elements to preserve our natural heritage. Trainings will be held on medium scale mushroom farming (edible and medicinal spices). Workshops and trainings will help enlight the traditional take on agro waste, and how it can a be converted to new resource, which can become a communal lifestyle.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Hoping to impact the community directly by providing employment, reducing the number of malnutrited children and increasing the rate of good well-being of the people. MSS is a social enterprise and for it to succeed and be meaningful the contribution of the people is crucial. This project will create more opportunities for young people over 100 remote communities in South West Nigeria, over 1,000 Kg of organic mushrooms can be produced across the communities monthly, while help to provide longlasting income for rural people. It will help to curb the high rate of food insecurity in remote areas. Measuring the success of this project frequent interview asking communities how the project has changed their lives for the better will be conducted on quarterly basis. It will also help to reduce the over populated nature of urban communities while helping to fight the high rate of migration of Youths and young girl and women into human trafficking. Over 100 communities will be transforming to be resilient communities.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This project is aimed to run within the 2030 UN Vision on SDGs. A 7 year master plan for the project will see the achievement of the overall goal to create a Youth-led Agro ecology and Permaculture Training Center. As a startup, MSS plans to register community households in the program, the members will be provided with the training resources and materials from cultivation to added product value. A team of MSS will coordinate the project to see its right target and execution. We would create and secure space at each community main market specifically to sell mushrooms and mushroom products (dried, powdered). Funding for this project will be raised through a diversified system from different sources which include; Personal funds, Community support in land donations, individual donations, through large Grant proposals from international organizations and foreign government agencies. Government collaboration is sooner or later expected since its a social enterprise which seeks to improve welfare of the people. With increasing return margins from sales, I intend to expand the project to more communities.
My name is Olawale Joshua Olugbade. A 28 year old male from Nigeria, holding a Bachelors degree in Real Estate, I am driven to bring about a positive change to my community and the world at large. I believe this project is greater than me. I am a Volunteer, Change Maker, Youth Leader and a Social Entrepreneur. My passion for agro ecology gives me what I am today an agricpreneur, which gives me the insight to solve solutions within my community and the environment through mycology. I have an attestation of completion of a Design Education for Sustainability training sponsored by Gaia Education in Ghana and coordinated under the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). I have also been part of a European Union (EU) and Erasmus+ project which has given me the opportunity to have an international experience through youth exchange programme. Today MSS is not about me alone, but also my people in this generation and the next down the road.