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.
Explain your idea in details:
Ibbie Agtech is building a mobile application called Farmers Connect. It is created to put a stop to subsistence farming, by providing agricultural machinery, organic fertilizers, farm evaluation officers,trainings , implementation with the inclusion of Agroforestry and access to markets to clusters of small holder farmers, with which to increase their production and empowering them to becoming commercially sustainable. Each farmer will have a unique identification and password installed on their mobile phones, and can be used to access the services required per time. This is a social impact program to increase the incomes and livelihoods of at least 10,000 farmers, as well as making their businesses sustainable and give room for expansion. Our target customers are farmers of different agricultural products in Abuja, Nasarrawa and Kaduna states, as they produce mostly rice, wheat, ginger, corn, soybeans, sesame. They are beneficiaries as they stand to have an increased harvests and sales. Personally, we have undergone trainings and are in negotiations with the Raw Materials Research and Development Agency to train the farmers on Agroforestry and better crop yields. We have gotten a database of small holder farmers in the North Central region of Nigeria by the Community and Social Development Agency, and work with it to ensure optimal performance. This is where we got our estimates, as we believe the vision to grow bigger and attract more farmers.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Training of 10,000 farmers to becoming specialists in their professions. Creating of employment opportunities by providing both direct and indirect jobs to 10,000 households. Introducing Agroforestry to improve soil fertility, farm productivity and improved climate change. Creating access to markets,improved sales, incomes and livelihoods of farmers. Food security Increased exports and foreign revenue. Building a sustainable communities and reducing poverty.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Corporate Affairs Commission: Registration of agricultural cooperatives. Memorandum of understanding: Signed and agreed partnership of farmers and Ibbie Agtech. Farm evaluation officers: to monitor and supervise the farms. A mobile application: an interface with farmers and their partners to request for services needed on their farms. Website: giving an overview information of our professional services. Agricultural machinery: For bush clearing, seeding and cultivation, weeding and harvest. Computers and Inventory: To keep stock of the clusters of farmers, their produce, harvest, sales and evaluation reports.
Ngozi Ada Onyekwelu is a Co Founder/ Chief Executive Offer at Ibbie Agtech. She is a graduate of Mathematics Education at the University of Lagos, Building and Expanding a Business at the Santa Clara University. An associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. A professional marketer and has gained ten years of experience. She loves to read, cook and travel to experience the diverse cultures across the world.