Best Ideas 2022 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.

Essymart Africa

Stage of Idea start-up stage

Explain your idea in details:

Essymart is a technology-driven agricultural social enterprise based in Uganda, aiming at ensuring food security and solving major problems smallholder farmers face, 1). Access to high yielding and Affordable farm inputs, 2.). access to agricultural credit, 3). access to better farming practices and access to profitable markets for their agricultural produce. Essymart digital platform allows smallholder farmers to obtain the most suitable, sufficient and quality farm inputs, and provides them with data-driven and tech-enabled insights and guidance on new and improved farming methods to increase their productivity. Upon harvest, Essymart also connects farmers with local and global markets that offer premium prices for their commodities. Essymart enables smallholder farmers to order products at any time, through the Essymart web-App that is accessible on desktop and mobile and call Center that works for farmers who do not have smartphones. Customers call in directly and they are assisted to successfully place orders for farm inputs and sell their produce to a wide range of buyers. Essymart offers Quality, Genuine and affordable Agricultural Inputs such as Seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and tools. Web-App and call center services, Agronomy Consultancy Services, Agricultural Commodity Trading and delivery services to farmers.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Essymart targets smallholder farmers living on less than $2 PPP a day, aged 18-65 years, live in remote/hard to reach farming communities of Uganda, lack of access to high yielding farm inputs and agricultural credit, poor awareness on agricultural best practices such as post-harvest management, lack access to agricultural technology and lack of access to profitable markets to their agricultural produce. Essymart measure success using KPIs like number of farmers reached, number Agripreneurs employed, number suppliers onboard, number of farmers cooperatives registered, and amount of products sold

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

Essymart makes money from sale of farm inputs like fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, herbicides, farm tools and offering credit to farmers. Essymart finances the business through founders funds, family and friends and grants. Essymart collaborate with Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Village Agripreneurs (VAs) to deliver these products/services at their farm-gate. This integrated model not only helps farmers in increasing their income by reducing post-harvest expenses, but also offers better prices for their produce.

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Your profile

Hailing from Mayuge district, 29-year-old Uganda social entrepreneur Elvis Kadhama has a deep passion for nature, community, and socioeconomic change. The rising young leader holds an advanced diploma in Business Administration and has served as a peer mentor and an active community based trainer in Village Microfinance institutions. Elvis is committed and passionate about agriculture, technology and changing peoples lives, income and increasing food security through improved farming practices in rural Uganda. Hes committed to changing the mindset that most people are having towards the agriculture value chain, he believes through sensitization and training of rural populations on the health, financial and environmental benefits of high quality farm inputs. An opportunity to participate in a leadership training sparked Elvis desire to start Essymart Africa. He sees himself as a capable job creator and as a young man who can succeed even in tough situations.

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