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.
Raising a farmer in everyone
Explain your idea in details:
This idea is geared towards encouraging the entire population mainly the working population to prioritize agriculture. The task of producing food meet for the growing population is left in the limited hands of farmers who aren't even granted adequate aids and whose practices aren't mechanized. This causes low productivity and scarce availability of food crops whilst making purchase of the available food produce expensive. The entire population mainly those who are strong enough to work(18-64) should be made to attend free agricultural seminars enlightening them on its importance. Students in tertiary institutions should have agricultural trainings and practicals added to their curriculum compulsorily. Government should acquire lands for cultivation of food crops for willing citizens who do not own lands as well as provide viable seeds and tools for subsistence farming. Agricultural policies should be enacted allowing students and workers alike travel home temporarily to their various lands to cultivate food crops during farming seasons. Farmers who practice commercial agriculture should be given extension to enable them learn new methods to old practices and the government should provide the farmers with modern equipment to ensure easier and faster productivity rate. Also, farm units like settlement schemes, smallholder schemes, state farms and investment schemes which are abandoned farming methods should be refreshed. These methods will help commercial farmers boost productivity as every needful material and machinery will be provided for them by the government. In addition to these, it is evident that the teeming youths of our populace don't see the need for something if it's not money oriented. The Government should then equally motivate them by opening a food reserve in every local government where one's produce can be exchanged for money. This will encourage hard work and better productivity from the youths of the population.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
If this idea is implemented, agriculture will become family centered. This is to say that every able citizen contributes to feeding the population beginning from his own home. Food will be cheaper and readily available because supply will be higher than the demand and much money won't be spent on importation of certain food crops. Newer varieties and healthier food species will be produced bringing about a healthier population. Intra trade will be promoted and money will be made from commercial agriculture. Commercial farmers will increase productivity and morbidity rate will be reduced among farmers as a result of easier and faster methods of farming used. This will in turn significantly if not entirely eliminate hunger and significantly reduce poverty among the population. This will invariably lead to economic growth. The entire population will also be enlightened to see agriculture not as a village man's last resort but as a noble profession and the condition for steady food availability.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This idea is to be implemented by the government; the three tiers of government. The federal government should work with the state government and the state government in turn with the local government to make sure information is properly disseminated down to the grassroots of the population. Agricultural policies should be enacted and upheld to ensure they are sustained and to ensure the work moves forward with improvement . The government should also employ agricultural extension workers across the country to periodically sensitize farmers and teach them new practices, organize seminars for able citizens to equally teach them the need for a family centered agriculture .
I am a Nigerian female and a laboratory technologist in the making. I love learning new ideas and I love to write. I initiated this idea because over time I observed the agricultural sector of my country gradually collapse. The effect of this collapse is more evident among the low and middle class citizens as food scarcity is experienced making the very little available food very expensive. I came up with this idea to be implemented by the government to help revive the falling agriculture sector to ensure hunger is eliminated from the country and excess money spent on purchase of foods both locally and internationally is reduced. I am currently in my penultimate year in the Federal university of technology,Owerri, Nigeria.