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.
Eradicating Poverty Through Commercial Rabbit Farming
Explain your idea in details:
Main objectives: To create a unique income stream for communities in Uganda through rabbit sales as a means to eradicate poverty To eliminate hunger through a constant supply of rabbit meat from family owned commercial rabbit farms To provide employment for the many unemployed youths in Uganda through entrepreneurship in rabbit farming Enterprise activities: Business management training for all involved in the rabbit value chain so as to maintain high standards of quality and quantity. Community mobilization and sensitization on the commercial viabilities of rabbits and the economies of scale leading to great potential of solve hunger and poverty issues. Rabbit farming trainings, seminars Innovative approaches: Large scale commercial rabbit farming that results into rapid rabbit population increase. A rabbit can produce an average of 8 kids and has a gestation period of about 28 days. This means that by starting with a mere 1000 rabbit kids, an enterprise will have at least 64,000 rabbits in less than six months. Creating rabbit out growers by giving out free rabbit stock to families in communities for further multiplication, and from whom we will purchase live rabbits for processing, hence a constant supply. Rabbit meat processing to create new products like rabbit sausage and burgers to service a much wider market include export. Utilizing other rabbit products such as rabbit urine for use as a pesticide as well as manure in plantations.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Our Target: We will bread the parent stock and supply some to out growers households within the communities. Our target is to start with a parent stock of 1000 rabbits. We are targeting 1000 households in the first year. Each household will receive 50 rabbits comprising of 5 bucks and 45 does. This will give each household an average of 360 kids after the first gestation cycle, and a total of at least 3000 rabbits in less than six months. This means that after six months of a household receiving the 50 rabbits, they would have to eat at least 8 rabbits on a daily basis for a whole year to consume all the 3000 rabbits. This also means that households will be able to provide food for their members on a daily basis and will have enough to sell to cater for other family needs. Measures to evaluate success: The number of rabbits per household farm The amount of revenue generated from rabbits and rabbit product sales The number of jobs created by the commercial rabbit farming The number of women that are directly involved in the project
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our commercial rabbit farming business model is centered on the need to eradicate poverty and eliminate hunger within the communities of Uganda. We are going to achieve this through local partnerships with community based organizations, self help groups, households and the local governments. We will jointly identify beneficiaries and market the project within the communities. Continuous and extensive training will be conducted to ensure high quality and quantity is produced to meet the readily available large market. Financial source: We majorly depend on good will and local donations from the community. Collaborators: The enterprise is comprised of 4 members who are directly involved in the project, of whom I am the managing director and the lead person on this project. The other collaborators are the local government community office that will help us identify households that will be part of the project.
My name is Mawonye Ray. I am a Ugandan aged 30 years. I have over 5 years of experience in sales and marketing for corporate companies such as Agri-enterprises and telecoms. I am also a large scale farmer of tomatoes and watermelon. My motivation is to impact and better the lives of youths across Uganda through creating avenues for employment and income generation. I have been successful, largely because of my zeal and determination to be a change agent in my community especially at the grassroots.