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.
Growing vegetables, Flowers and trees in our city
Explain your idea in details:
Growing vegetables, flowers and trees in our city was thought about because I have realized that the lack of enough spaces to grow plants in our cities causes hunger for their inhabitants and entails low income for urban poor communities and lack of good atmsphere to all, and there are many disorganized urban plannings and confinement. I started the small project of growing tomatoes, golden berries and amaranthus spinosus, flowers and trees to cope with the problem of hunger, poverty and help increasing my family household to cut down expenses on food. This project has started in April this year and will be scaled up to the neighbors upon funding. It aims at creating the employment to more than 200 women, and improving the diet for 1,500 children. These are the objectives developed : - Increase household income through sales of vegetables, flowers and trees. - Reduce malnutrition cases among 1500 children from my city, by 2022. - Protect the environment of Kigabiro city. - Fight against unemployment of 200 women from Kigabiro by 2022. If financial means allow, we intend to introduce the system of hydroponic agriculture or green house to make more production.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
- Hunger and malnitrition are reduced among urban population living in our city. - The city looks attractive - Population breathes fresh air - The environment is protected - The inhabitants in our city get more skills on farming.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
At start, the family finances itself. Looking on the ways of cascading the project in neigborhood. A committee to monitor all the processes will be established soon. At the same time the women will put aside some money to buy fertilizers, pesticides and materials in case we no longer support them. They will be linked to SACCOs, to Rwanda Agriculture Board and other organizations operating in the agriculture so that they may sustain the project.
I am 50 years old. I feel confident to do the urban farming because it is my passion. I have the experience of working with people in rural and urban areas on similar projects and this motivates me. Networking with leaders and engaging our city's community members to participate in design, planning and implementation will contribute to positive results.