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.
FROM DOMESTIC WASTE TO A STABLE FULL FOOD BASKET: Zero hunger & poverty, sustaining biosphere
Explain your idea in details:
Do you ever imagine a community where people are paid for disposing waste? What if the bio-degradable component of this very waste is processed, dried into less bulky, affordable and friendly to use fertilizers accessible at all farmers outlets in Uganda and entire Africa? Wouldnt the fertility depressed soils gain potential for enhanced agricultural productivity? "The IMPACT" a brand name of the idea with the main objective of producing quality, affordable, less bulky, easy to use and maintain agricultural fertilizers and products from domestic waste will be paying all its clients supplying it with domestic waste. Provision of affordable, quality and all time easy to handle and use fertilizers is still a challenge with our infertile lands that have resulted into depressed crop productivity. Collecting domestic waste with payments made to the waste owners and modifying it into fertilizers extensively, not only brings a full food basket but also, improved incomes among the individuals in the chain narrowing poverty, brings about clean cities and communities, lessened environmental pollution and thus sustainable life on land and below water. To sit on an acre land in Gayaza farmland, Wakiso-Uganda targeting crop farmers as one of their customer segments and restaurants, homesteads, offices and all relevant domestic waste handlers as their key partners for raw materials, a team of 18 youths organized in 4 departments will gear it as it starts. The waste collection department, the processing department will be responsible for processing and packaging of waste material into desired fertilizers; the marketing, distribution and finally, the customer care and human resource department. Our major collaborators will be farmers groups, retail and wholesale agro-product suppliers, agricultural organizations affiliated to the government and ministry of agriculture and the non-government institutions to help in marketing, selling and any other relevant assistance.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
30.4% Africans are food insecure, 67 % of young workers live in poverty in sub-Saharan Africa and the effects of climate change, reduced precipitation and higher temperatures are already seen on the yields of staple food crops. Without climate change adaptation and mitigation, by 2050 an estimated additional 71 million people will be food insecure in the world, over half of whom will be in sub-Saharan Africa. Improper waste disposal has for long been an effect to climate change. Responsible waste collection and processing will not only lead to clean and sustainable cities and communities, but also, the affordable and accessible food, the parties involved in the practicability of the idea will earn income contributing to economic sustainability. The affordable and accessible fertilizers from this waste will enhance agricultural productivity for food for consumption and food for sale improving the livelihoods of stakeholders who will have good nutrition and accessibility to better health services, farmers children will as well have access to quality education. Poverty and hunger will be narrowed and this will promote community level social development. Proper collection of waste, its processing, reduced dumping of wastes in water bodies will encourage life on land and below water respectively sustaining biota. The result is good climate that favors agriculture for increased productivity zeroing food insecurity and thus a full food basket in our communities. The idea success will be visible in all this.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The idea is to be implemented on an acre land in Gayaza farmland, Wakiso-Uganda under the brand name "the IMPACT" targeting crop farmers as their major customer segments and restaurants, homesteads, offices and all relevant domestic waste handlers as their key partners for raw materials. The cardinal objective is to avail quality, affordable, less bulky, and easy to use and maintain agricultural fertilizers and products to farmers with a stable supply under its goal of enhancing productivity and sustainability in agriculture using smart technology. It will be geared by youth team organized in 4 departments. The waste collection department that will monitor appropriate and stable collection, and delivery of waste to our processing site; the processing department that will be responsible for processing and packaging of waste material into desired fertilizers and food storage and packing materials; the marketing, distribution department (comprising of an agricultural extension service technical officer who will provide technical knowledge to farmers on how to properly use the fertilizers) will conduct market research, marketing research, perform distribution of the products to clients, relevant retail and wholesalers in our stable customer supply chain. Finally, the customer care and human resource department will monitor, evaluate and focus on the idea success. To run this, we shall use our youth savings, loan from the youth venture fund-Uganda and also lobby for support from the appropriate government and non-government institution (agriculture and energy) that will aid us with support (marketing, advertisement and reaching out our customers) to ensure constant and sustainable running. The mode of money transfers will be both cash and e-money.
Diaz is a 21 year old enthusiastic nutritionist and a social leader. He is a student of Makerere University- Uganda where he has had his Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition. Diaz doubles as a trained and credited peer coach. His life dream is to cause social impact through achieving food security, proper nutrition and social values in youths. About 12 years ago, he turned one of his primary school; compound into an all season vegetable garden; its this same vegetable garden that all pupils of that school are fed on, up to today. He has participated in numerous social activities; from reproductive sexuality health rights advocacy with Reproductive Health Uganda among the youths to social rights as a 9 year old U-reporter with U-report Uganda. Diaz has attained mind education with International Youth Fellowship Association where he was trained as a mind education specialist and has participated in fostering mind education in other youths as the University association speaker. More so, as a member and part of leadership of Peace Revolution Uganda, he has and is driving inner peace and personal development among the youths. He is a member of Young African Leaders Initiative - YALI. His social leadership instincts are again visible in him as a member of the global volunteers of Amnesty International who are visionary in creating social justice and freeing lives through their campaigns. Again, Diaz has transformed his leadership experience into mentoring other young leaders. He is an appreciated young entrepreneur, trained and awarded by Hondong University of South Korea with a prize for young entrepreneurs in Uganda.