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.
Pilot Project for Promotion of Regenerative Family Agriculture
Explain your idea in details:
The project will achieve three main objectives, namely i) restore degraded soils and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through the production and use of organic fertilizers in agricultural production ii) produce 20 tons green chili and 36 tons of yams to help ensure food security for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities; iii) create 4 permanent jobs and 16 temporary jobs to reduce the unemployment rate and local migration which negatively affects rural women and girls. These objectives will be achieved through five (05) main interdependent activities which focus on: i) the selection of a variety of seeds (seeds of chili and yam cuttings) of quality; ii) producing organic fertilizers (compost) and using it for soil fertility and minimizing the use of chemical fertilizers in the project region; iii) the cultivation of three (03) hectares of land including 1ha for the production of chili and 2ha for the production of yam by exploiting local labor; iv) store and preserve products after harvest; v) distribute (sell) products to direct consumers and raise awareness in local communities. The innovative approach of our project is based on the sustainable practice of agricultural activity and the general awareness of all farmers in the region to the use of organic fertilizers to minimize the negative impacts of the use of chemical fertilizers and fight climate change. The production and use of organic fertilizer will restore degraded soils and ensure the production of sustainable family farming. This innovation will considerably increase the added value of agricultural production for the project and the farmers in the region and will stimulate local economic development.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Our project will meet the high food demand of disadvantaged and vulnerable communities observed at local and national level and will help to mitigate the current and future economic and social impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and climate change; promoting inclusive local economic development; the reduction of unemployment at the local level and in addition to the valorization of the lands of the settlement area as well as to the reduction of the rural exodus focused on young community which is gaining momentum. The evaluation of success will be based in the short term on the satisfaction of local communities, in the medium term on the satisfaction of local authorities, and in the long term on the satisfaction of the government, through the number of jobs created and the capacity of production of our enterprise. On this basis, each project activity will be evaluated and the results will be used to improve the next activity through a process of continuous improvement. It will be evaluated: the approaches / methods, the effectiveness and the efficiency and the performances. The tools will include, among other things, indicator monitoring tables, open and closed questionnaires. However, during the implementation of the project, the commitment, availability and enthusiasm of the local communities collaborating with the project (employees) should be maintained by ASED Sarl to ensure good planning and better management of the monitoring of the implementation of project activities. To this end, a participatory monitoring plan will be put in place to serve as an aid tool to measure the progress and execution of the project through the technical and financial monitoring of activities, but also to measure its products, effects and impacts.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The realization of our project requires funding of US $ 22,200, the personal contribution of our company both in kind and in cash is US $ 4,000, i.e a percentage of 18% of the total cost. To this end, we are requesting a grant of US $ 18,200 from all willing people representing 82% of the overall cost of the project. The 5 main expenses are: the costs of preparing the soil for the ground, the costs well drilling, the purchase of seed, the purchase of materials and work equipment (hoes, machetes, watering cans, backpack sprayers, etc.) and a hangar for the storage of products after harvest. Our distribution model will be from producer to end consumer. Our products will be exclusively and directly sold to consuming populations and at a lower cost. This option will help to guarantee food self-sufficiency in the region as well as access to basic food for the poorest. Also, the profits from the sale of products will be transferred to the production chain in order to extend our actions to scale and contribute to meeting the food needs of a greater number of populations in the region where the project is located and other regions, promoting the economic and social development of vulnerable communities and our business and ensuring sustainable jobs. The sustainability of the project will be ensured by the local social status of ASED Sarl and its local staff; capacity building of local staff; the revenue from the sale of products and agro-tourism which ensure the self-financing of ASED Sarl, thus guaranteeing its economic independence and therefore, its sustainability.
I am Mrs. Rosalie Gnonmi FAGNIBO of Beninese nationality. I was born on December 19, 1989, so I am 31 years old. I am agroecologist with expertise in supporting small farmers' cooperatives. I am the Director of the African Society for Ecology and Development (ASED Sarl), a development enterprise formed by women and strictly focused on agricultural and beekeeping promotion and environmental protection. I have a good knowledge and experience in control of the installation and technical monitoring of different food crops and I was responsible of the Support Project for Cooperatives of Women Farmers of Atokolibé Village "PACFA - Bantè" with AMAF-BENIN NGO.