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.

Grandma Abigail Vegetables Farms

Explain your idea in details:

Grandma Abigail Vegetable Farms, is not a registered and licensed commercial farm that will be based in the outskirts of Upper East Region,Zuarungu Ghana. We have done our detailed market research and feasibility studies and we were able to secure 25 hectares of land to start our vegetable farm. We will always leverage on greenhouse farming to cultivate vegetable hence we will construct a structure with walls and roof made essentially of transparent material, such as glass, in which plants requiring regulated climatic conditions are grown. At Grandma Abigail Vegetable Farms, we will be involved in the cultivation of crops such as; cucumbers, shallots, tomatoes, lettuce, chilis, capsicum, red salad onions and snow peas, chinese cabbage, lettuce, basil, roses, tomatoes, okra, cantaloupe and bell peppers, watercress, basil, coriander, parsley, lemongrass, sage, beans, peas, kohlrabi, taro, radishes, strawberries, melons, onions, turnips, parsnips, mushroom, carrot, melon, sweet potato, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and eggplant as well as the choys that are used for stir fries. We will also be involved in greenhouse vegetable production. In the nearest future, hopefully within the first five years of officially running Grandma Abigail Vegetable Farms, we will start our food processing and packaging plant and also start exporting our vegetables to other parts of the world. This is why aside from the fact that we have secured the required farm land and most of the farming equipment and machines, we have also hired key employees who are currently undergoing training so as to be able to fit into the ideal picture of the 21st century vegetable farming business workforce that we want to build.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

STORY HIGHLIGHTS The focus of sustainable agriculture tends to be on rural areas and conventional solutions to development. As modernization engulfs both the developed and developing world, it is critical to address the importance of urban agriculture. Cities currently house over 54% of the worlds population a number that is expected to increase to approximately 59% by 2030. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) have highlighted the importance of agriculture and sustainable cities in SDG target 11.3, countries should aim to work to enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization for participatory, integrated, and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries. We argue that to achieve this target, in the spirit of the SDGs, governments should integrate urban agriculture into their established and growing cities. The road to sustainable cities involves a multi-pronged approach that strengthens social capital, creates innovative agricultural technologies, and allows public and private partners to participate. Innovative methods of urban agriculture take the form of community and rooftop gardens, greenhouses, indoor and vertical farms, and edible green walls. Though these techniques likely wont feed our largest cities, research indicates that urban farming techniques could produce enough vegetables for each persons recommended daily consumption using less than 10% of city land. A modest increase in urban agriculture could reduce the urgency of increasing rural agricultural yields. Urban agriculture structures will not replace rural farming; however, they can produce different varieties of crops that rural areas are less able to produce. The most significant benefits of urban agriculture concentrate around its ability to increase social capital and civic engagement in low income communities. The sharing of knowledge and cultural values.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

Sustainability and Expansion Strategy The future of a business lies in the number of loyal customers that we have, the capacity and competence of our employees, our investment strategy and the business structure. If all of these factors are missing from a business (company), then it wont be too long before the business close shop. One of our major goals of starting Grandma Abigail Vegetables farms is to build a business that will survive off its own cash flow without injecting finance from external sources once the business is officially running. We know that one of the ways of gaining approval and winning customers over is to sell our farm produce (vegetables and fruits) a little cheaper than what is obtainable in the market and we are well prepared to survive on lower profit margin for a while. Grandma Abigail Vegetable Farms will make sure that the right foundation, structures and processes are put in place to ensure that our staff welfare are well taken of. Our companys corporate culture is designed to drive our business to greater heights and training and re training of our workforce is at the top burner of our business strategy. As a matter of fact, profit-sharing arrangement will be made available to all our management staff and it will be based on their performance for a period of three years or more as determined by the board of the organisation. We know that if this is put in place, we will be able to successfully hire and retain the best hands we can get in the industry and they will be more committed to help us build the business of our dreams.

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Your profile

I grew up with my grandmother Abigail in the outdoor area of upper east region of Ghana , my grandma saw the potential of a farmer but I did not see it from her viewpoint, I only felt I was just helping her to reduce the experience on vegetables by farming vegetables , she edge me and later the money we had was use for my school fees and other domestic bills, this gave me the hopes of becoming a great farmer. She helped me eventually started a rabbit farm, I stay with grandma for 13 years before coming out with this idea with her and other grandparents in my community, just to say a little.

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