Best Ideas 2020 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.
Village Poultry Business
Explain your idea in details:
Zambia has some of the highest rates of malnutrition in Africa: about 40% of children aged under five are stunted (impaired growth caused by malnutrition), while nearly 15% are underweight. Poverty levels are as high as 70% in rural regions, and as this crisis develops, peoples situations are tipping over into desperation. Many vulnerable families are relying on the common zita root for food; others are being forced to turn to wild foods like the mawawa fruit, or even potentially poisonous mushrooms. However, our village poultry project is significant in strengthening climate resilience of agricultural livelihoods in rural areas. This project aims to increase the resilience of smallholder farmers through village poultry management in view of addressing climate change and variability. The project will achieve this aim by taking a value chain approach, addressing risks posed across key stages of the poultry value chain planning, inputs, production and post-production. Our team ensures that this project will benefit the most vulnerable individuals on agriculture towards climate resilient agriculture through strong capacity building. This project will include activities that have a clear climate change information and early warning systems, access to quality poultry inputs for smallholder farmers and linkages with rural agricultural markets. The project will make targeted interventions to capitalize on opportunities to strengthen and promote viable climate-resilient value chains relating to smallholder agriculture in the target areas, specifically targeting poultry value chains that are gender sensitive and provide viable economic opportunities for women. This includes three interrelated outputs: 1) strengthening capacity of village poultry farmers to plan for climate risk; 2) strengthening village poultry as a resilient agricultural production and diversification practices, (for both food security and income generation); and 3) strengthening poultry farmers access to markets and commercialization of introduced resilient agricultural commodities.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The sector contributes 4.8 percent of agricultural GDP and constitutes the largest livestock sub-sector, accounting for 48 percent of livestock value addition. As elaborated upon in this analysis, Zambias commercial poultry industry is likely to follow an industrialization pattern to other countries with similar growth and urbanization rates. The move towards vertically integrated production on a large-scale will include contract grow-out schemes where small-scale farmers participate in the supply chains of lead firms. The broiler sector accounts for 80 percent of poultry products in Zambia and has seen continuous growth. Demand for poultry products has been growing on the back of growing household income and an expanding middle class. Poultry is the main source of meat consumption in Zambia, accounting for 50% of all meat consumed (followed by beef at 28%). Poultry is the Largest livestock subsector in Zambia and has 48% of livestock value addition. Backward linkages to feed production supports tens of thousands of smallholder maize farms spillovers to support social welfare. The sector favors women; 60% of producers & 50% of retailers are women. The sector supports 80,000 jobs, 50,000 of which are permanent 65% of national demand is met through small scale farmers. Reach into rural areas 90% of smallholder households rear chickens. Serves as a proxy to identify opportunities and challenges for growth and job expansion in other livestock value chains; interventions/investments are not limited to this.The anticipated growth of the sector is based on the expansion of this modern production model with increasing opportunities for poultry processing. Agriculture is the livelihood of nearly 90% of the rural population. Within Zambia, the poultry sector is a key part of the rural economy and it is easily affordable for the Low-Income Populations. Poultry can allow farmers to harvest three to four times within a year.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This project targets to engage the most Low-Income Populations in rural areas, design matching grants for innovations required to assist associations and farmer groups willing to invest in poultry business ventures and facilities for the common good including training centers, demonstration farms, research facilities and poultry production block. The small scale producers and modern commercial operations operate in parallel, as smallholders typically use backward production systems with scant capitalization. Zambias challenge is to overcome the persistent duality between low productivity smallholder agriculture and high productivity modern agribusiness firms. Our project will enable the agribusiness sector to meet the growing urban demand for food products and the potential for food exports while connecting more low income people to jobs. We are forming groups which consists 10 women per single group, then we ensure that they all contribute a percentage of their choice to own shares in the business group. Those who are willing to invest but experiencing start up financial challenges we assist them getting a loan. This improve access to the financial market in the agriculture increasing income and strengthens social networks. However, access to poultry inputs constitute a powerful tool for poverty reduction and we are doing this to ensure food security and rural development, both of which are important when fighting poverty. The project strategies are not only looking at households but also at communities and territories, as local conditions are a key element to determine market opportunities. POVERTY means more than simply low income. It includes a lack of voice in determining what goes on in ones community, as well as vulnerable livelihoods. Food insecurity is often a reality of poverty. Poultry business contributes to social and economic integration. Our Business is to ensure that the access to poultry inputs and production capacity are always available.
Clinton Gando has six years of experience in the non-profit sector, and earned a Bachelors of education in education administration and management from the University of Zambia in Lusaka. While working as the poverty reduction Specialist with Management and technical teams for The World Bank Group in Zambia under the World Bank Group funded projects and program, he helped improve the livelihoods of rural dwellers living with poverty issues in western province Zambia. Currently, Clinton is working with a community-based organization to advanvery volcational education and promote entrepreneurship and business development through women and youth empowerment programs. Clinton has volunteered as a peer business educator on poverty reduction related topics for several groups, including World Food Programme, World Bank Group and the Excellence Center for building skills for poverty reduction under the Future Community Foundation Local Non-government Organisation. Through these experiences, he developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. Clinton enjoys focusing on the topics of poverty reduction, inequality gaps between the rich and poor, unemployment rates, limited human capacities and market opportunities in the agriculture sector, and has a strong passion for women and youth empowerment programs both in urban and rural communities.The Future Community Foundation directly engages with small scale farmers to introduce poverty reduction interventions. Ours develop business ideas that solve social, economic, and environmental issues, while at the same time maximizing our competitiveness and profitability business ventures. We function as a risk-sharing mechanism, we aim to stimulate the development of innovative Inclusive Business ideas that otherwise would not have taken place on a commercial basis within the agriculture sector in rural areas. Under this project, we have a well rounded technical team will is geared to produce intended outcomes. Clinton Gando is the significant co-founder of the organization.