Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Explain your project in details:
Our objective is to invest in the future of school children by engaging unemployed youths and women to be self employed in the: 1. Distribution of high yielding and climate resillient seeds to the small holder farmers at affordable price to enable them access loans through our FINTECH platform for increasing crop yield to improve the farmers' livelihood. 2. Collections of wasted materials (Plastic bottles, tyres, cans, pure water nylons, cement bags) for recycling business. 3. Growing of nutritional crops like cucumber, tomatoes, spinach, and ginger to feed the students for preventing malnutrition. We have begun by going to schools training students who dwells in both urban and underserved communities in Nigeria on sustainable agricultural practice and exposing them to the purpose of SDGs through implementation of SDGs book club so that they can explore the principles behind the Global goals. We have also been teaching students on organic agriculture, nutritious foods, organic manure, healthy soil as our effort to add quality to their agricultural science knowledge toward preserving their knowledge for food security and prevention of malnutrition so that both Zero hunger and quality education can be achieved together by the year 2030. To make these two SDGs work together we have introduced gifts in form of small solar lamps which must enable them to read more when there is no light from the electricity through practical agriculture competition so that they can be able to receive the quality education made available for them. We introduced this solar lamps gifts to bridge a gap from failure of electricity in Nigeria and to encourage more students to participate in the school sustainable Agricultural project.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Through our physical interview that we have conducted for the students following their participation in the organic farming, they said they can now cultivates themselves, some said with the kind of method with which we used to grow our crops have made them to conclude that farming is not as very hard as people think of it that they can adopt same method, some sent their teacher to help them to get some seeds so they can cultivate at backyard of their homes, some said the fresh organic crops and vegetables they ate are tastier than the one sold in the street. Through the teaching of organic agriculture and SDGs to all participating students we have been able to improve the students knowledge in agricultural science by teaching them areas like, nutritious foods, organic manure, healthy soil apart from the lessons they are being taught in school to ensure that the achievement of quality education in agricultural science in the year 2030 can be very possible as well. And through the sustainable source of light that will reward the students which aim at increasing students reading to enable them do well in their various subjects. Sincerely we have been able to improve their knowledge with farming and the teaching of organic agriculture as seen their performance in their report card.
Sustainability and future plans
Our next plan is to engage unemployed youths and women in just 3months to be able to own small scale collection point for plastic wastes, wasted tyres, wasted cement bags, wasted nylons of pure water and wasted cans e.t.c for reusing and recycling where we collect to the recycling industries to reduce unemployment, and ensure safer and clean environment for our people. We also going to employ unemployed youths and women to give micro loans to small holder farmers to buy high yielding and climate resilient seeds at affordable price to empower small holder farmers to adapt to the climate change to improve their livelihood through our FINTECH platform. We are going to employ unemployed youths and women to manage growing of the nutritional crops in green house which is for the purpose to feed the students to prevent malnutrition. Our long term plan is to scale up our waste collection point to 80 jobs every year. We will partner with institutes/organisation that produce climate resillient and high yielding seeds and we will partner with organisations that distributes affordable solar lamps to underserved rural communities to be able to give to all our participanting students of the sustainable school programme. We are going to generate fund from grant, recycling business, sales of tomatoes, cucumber and gingers and from the loans that will be given to the farmers.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am Gbenga Adeyemi from Nigeria, I am the founder/ Co-founder of Agribility Nigeria I am 30 years of age, I am a graduate of Geology from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo state in Nigeria, during my study in the university I was privileged to lead a students chapter as a volunteer president between the year 2009-2011 of international organizations such as Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). With service I have rendered for the organizations I have received a merit certificate. I have worked as an Agricultural science teacher to students in many schools in Nigeria for eight years now since the year 2011. I am currently volunteering for the Npower as an Agricultural extension Advisor to small holder farmers in rural Nigeria where I have been trained as an entrepreneur and I am also currently volunteering for the Grooming Leaders for Agriculture(GLA) to train students in schools on how to grow organic crops on their own on sustainable agricultural practice which I initiated the idea. I have also attended workshop and conference where I gained skill on climate smart agriculture and clean environment. I am always motivated by my word that there is fulfillment when effort meets vision that is what encourages me daily to take action to contribute my part in Global goals for positive change of our people for sustainable development inspired by Zero hunger, SDG book club for children, Quality education, Climate change action just seeing our people having sustainable living. My qualities has always been resilience, passion, patience and focus aiming to be a successful advocate for sustainability in agriculture, climate change, quality education and clean energy to impact many of our people.