The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

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.

Grow what we eat, store and market for sustainable Food Security and Economic Empowerment through Fa

Your title/position Programme Manager
Type of Enterprise non-profit organization
Year the ngo or company was founded 2015
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Project Goal:The goal of the project is to improved food security that will enhance zero hunger, decreased malnutrition and increase economic growth of smallholder subsistence farmers who seldom produce enough food to meet annual consumption and other livelihood needs through Family Farming.Strategy/MethodologyIn 1st Phase, will cover design of course curriculum and pedagogy on agricultural best practice ranging from production, processing, preservation and marketing (Farmer Field School). Forming a core team and give orientation towards the present project. The project core team will also be trained on fish farming and local poultry management, Village Savings and Loan Scheme and Community Seed Banking. Area study and selection of training partners will be done in an open and transparent manner. In 2nd Phase, will give more focus on Procurement and distribution of seed and basic agricultural inputs to the targeted households will be done. Identifying and preparation of lands for the Family Farming Project will be carried out. Rolling out the Family Farming methodology and approach will be done. Setting up the Community Seed Bank Initiative at the targeted communities will be carrying out. Implementation of the Village Savings and Loan Scheme will be done.In 3rd Phase, will be embarking on creating the enabling environment for marketing so produce will be accessible to the poor rural and urban consumers. Serve as an intermediary between the farmers and the trader that will enhance fear trade which will create room for value for money and value for talent. The seed that the 600 targeted household would have donated to the Community Seed Banks will be given to another set of households on a yearly basis. This will scale up the number of beneficiaries by 25% annually.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

Chronic poverty also contributes to hunger in Sierra Leone. The UN World Food Program and the World Bank report that over half of the population lives under the national poverty line. According to the 2017 Global Hunger Index, Sierra Leone faces an alarming level of hunger, with approximately 38 percent of children younger than 5 years of age suffering from stunting, a manifestation of chronic malnutrition. The central problem causing food insecurity in the district is declining crop yields which are reducing the number of months that families can feed themselves and meet to other needs and wants.In addition to causing severe health impacts throughout the country, the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic undermined food security in Sierra Leone. Many households experienced new or increased food insecurity as the outbreak disrupted income-generating opportunities, decreased purchasing power and restricted movements and market activities. Inadequate food consumption directly results into nutrient intake deficits and a significant contributing factor to the poor nutrition situation. Many of the households who are food insecure may not consume sufficient food in terms of quantity and variety of nutrients for health and vitality.The challenge of agricultural sustainability has become more intense in recent years with the sharp rise in the cost of food and energy, climate change, water scarcity, degradation of ecosystem services and biodiversity, and the financial crisis. The expected increase in population and the associated demands for food, water and other agricultural products will bring additional pressures. In recent decades, the development community including politicians, policy makers, institutional leaders as well as academics, scientists and extension workers have been highlighting the need for the development of sustainable agricultural systems.The project will improved food security that will enhance zero hunger, decreased malnutrition and increase economic growth of smallholder subsistence farmers who seldom produce enough food

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Sustainability and future plans

Socio cultural sustainabilityThe behavioural and attitudinal changes brought in by the project among the local communities particularly by the youth and women will empower them to actively participate in decision making in all other future activities. Women and youth will come together in a common platform to discuss their socio cultural problem bringing changes in age old social habits. The project will significantly affect the lives of the project beneficiaries in their income generation activities, livelihood security and self employability thus bringing in the much needed confidence among them helping them move forward towards development. Their active participation in decision making process, community based planning; monitoring and evaluation will bring in an ownership of the project. Once the external funding is over, I plans to continue the project through the Village Saving and Loan Scheme and Community Seed BankingEconomic sustainabilityOn the completion of the project will raise its own funds through staff monthly donations, interest charged on micro credit, processing fees of micro loans, benefit events, grants from the government and donor support. The revenue generated from the income generation activities will cover the cost of operating expenses in future. During these three years, the groups will mobilizes savings, establish linkages with Government and NGOs, and try for financial assistance from Bank and other financial institutions. After the project ending, all project participants will engage actively in income generating as well as self employability enterprises. They can support their family members in education, health and livelihood development activities.Technical sustainability:All technical services will be made available to the beneficiaries. The project will create the platform to establish community action group with objective of sharing information, conducting training, providing financial and non financial services to its members. I will undertake several trainings on organizational development, leadership and financial management for community beneficiaries.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

I am Alfred Harun Thullah, working in the NGO world for the past 8years ranging from volunteer to Programme Manager. I have background in Performing Arts, Computer Software and Mass Communication added to my development background. Agriculture has been practice for my livelihood and that of my immediate family in the village. I believe in doing rice farm which is our staple food that will meet my immediate food concern throughout the year. attending to other demands from the family is addressed from my basic salary that I earn on a monthly basis. I entered into entrepreneurship since I took up up family responsibilities in 2011. I realized that the wants and needs of the family cannot commensurate to that of my monthly salary. I went into farming business. Raised different crop that suit to the market demand and it has been successful for myself and that of my immediate family members. However, thing of addressing the burden face with the rest of my other family members and that of the community I live, I thought of expanding my Grow what we eat, store and market for sustainable Food Security and Economic Empowerment through Family Mixed Crop Farming. We Yone Na We Yone approach.

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Elijah Musa Deen

May 19, 2019 19:31

I believe in the talent of this young and dynamic man to take Sierra Leone to the map.all what we need to do now is to support him via voting
For how long we have been trying the mining sector but yet ,we are still were we where.so now let us try the agricultural sector and see what we will get

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Elijah Musa Deen
The Film prophet

Iscandri A. Sankoh

May 19, 2019 07:01

Im in love of this project idea... Eat what we grow... If only we put premium on the soil we will be able to improve on our livelihood .... Keep it up Mr. Thullah and best of luck...