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.
Chicken 4All Ltd
Explain your idea in details:
Back in 2018 I visited my home village in Burundi after 18 years abroad. The first impression was that the population had doubled, with a huge number of young people without occupation. The subsistence agriculture that used to feed the people can no longer meet demand. Almost 70 purcent cannot afford eating three times per day, the dishes are not varied, and they lack animal proteins in most of the cases. You may understand that most of the citizens cannot afford imported goods because of the lack of financial means. Land conflicts have also increased very rapidly. At that time, I was already building the first house for the project, but now the desire to help has become stronger more than ever before. Along with the training, we create jobs for small farm holders so that they can secure a sustainable income. After an intensive training of six months at our farm, we help 300 small-scale-farm holders to group in associations so that they can reinvest the money earned from our company. Each association is advised to grow only one or two crop types in order to promote specialization and the market competitiveness. Our company takes in charge of the remuneration of an agricultural technician, and our marketing team helps them market their produce so that they can optimize profit. If an association decides to farm chicken, they may choose to get day-old chicks from our farm at lower prices, and they also continue to benefit from our expertise until they become self-reliant, able to apply the marketing principles of the todays way of doing business. There is no challenge too big for those who dare take one more step forward.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Providing small-scale farmers with training and jobs along the way will increase the well-being awareness in the community while increasing the market potential for our own products. On the long run hunger and malnutrition will be removed from the community and everybody will definitely adhere to this dynamism of change. This will be the results of monitoring and backing the small-scale farmers, and the knowledge that the subsistence agriculture is no longer a sufficient solution to feed everybody because arable land is becoming more and more scarcer. Subsequently, there will be no more young men/women who will abandon school because of the lack of school fees or because they had not eaten enough the previous evening. Very recently, the administration stretched a road - which did not exist before the project- to our farm. This will ease transportation of our goods to their destination, and will increase the knowhow in the logistics field. As I am talking today the connection of our farm to the electricity grid by local administration is underway. We already foresee that the social network is expanding at a high pace, many people believe in our solution, they want to know what the key to our success is.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We have developed a three month plan that work for us. Every three months we implement and monitor what we have planned for the year. Then, on the six month basis, we evaluate. This helps us do small, incremental actions that propel us forward. For the first year we have put in our own capital. The first milestone has been achieved. We have built a house which serves as an address, a home for some members of the management staff. We also make use of it as our office. We have a calendar that we follow. In 2018 Road 100% done by local administration, up to our farm. May 2020 Water storage installation is underway. We are now at the stage of launching a prototype. Only the COVID-19 has thrown a spanner in the works because according to the plan, activities would have started at the end of April. Now we are exploring ways to try to come up with new ideas for fund-raising or any other kind of money raising to finance the rest of the project. About sustainability, it's worth asking the following question: What do we do? At our poultry farm in Burundi, we train small-scale farmers to be more efficient and to be self-reliant in managing their farms. We are aware that without healthy people around us we will not survive neither. Hence, we will be conducting an extern audit on an annual basis to measure and keep in track by how much we are efficient, and by how much our business is profitable. Alongside our business, we have planted trees around our farm to make sure that there is no carbon dioxide emissions that dissipate out there.
I am Joseph Bahenda founder of Chicken 4All Ltd. I am 44 years old. Experienced Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Analytical Skills, Microsoft Word, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Corporate Communications, and Market Research. Strong research professional with a Phil in Economics: Ph.D Candidate focused in research in rural development economics (input-output analysis) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I have an outstanding experience in different areas and industries. Before founding Chicken 4all Ltd I was serving at Arvato Benelux as a customer support representative in Abcoude, with specialty in the Canon office products: printers for home usage. Prior to that I had been managing SIMBA AUTO IMPORT-EXPORT Ltd, a car importing and exporting company based in the Hague area, with Ivory coast as our main outlet market. Prior to that I served as the Marketing Manager Assistant at Kanon loading Equipment BV, a company that is specializing in designing, manufacturing and marketing loading systems for liquid bulk transfer, ranging from petro-chemicals to the most hazardous liquids including cryogenic liquids. In the last few years, I have been doing different jobs at Schiphol international airport so as to save enough time to allocate to the study of how I can finance my project in Burundi. Awards: Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme 2015. Certificates: (1)Participation in the Ninth Conference of the Tinbergen Institute: 70 years of Theory of Games and Economic behavior. June -25-27, 2014 at Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam. (2) Canon onboarding training