Best Projects 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs, or informal programs.
Explain your project in details:
Farm2Table is an enterprise for smallholder farmers which links them to markets and support services from farm to the market. Smallholder farmers across rural communities in Zimbabwe have limited access to prime markets for their produce due to produce not market-fit, proximity to prime markets and high transport costs. Our solution aims at bridging the market linkage that exists among smallholder farmers which limits them to prime markets often resulting in low productivity, food losses and food insecurity. Farm2Table offers advisory & extension, packaging, marketing, transport and logistics involved from the farm to market. In so doing we ensure access to farm produce in a status that meets consumers nutritional needs for ZERO HUNGER and a health nation. We are unique in the sense that we bring together farmers, consumers and service providers in the agriculture value chain to ensure consumer and market oriented food production.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Since inception in 2016, Farm2Table has managed to create a producer base of 1200 + farmers in cash crop and horticulture production and linking them to markets. These farmers have inturn increased their production by 30%, increased incomes 3-fold, reduced post harvest loses and ensuring access to food to all. Rural economic activity boost through women and youth employment opportunities has also been marked. Smallholder farmers are now attaining sustainable livelihoods being able to pay education and health for their families.
Sustainability and future plans
Farm2Table business model has multiple revenue streams namely subscriptions, direct sales and commission on salesFarmers, consumers and service providers pay subscriptions to participate through our platform. Direct sales from farm produce sold on behalf of consenting farmers and commission on sales we facilitate constitutes our revenue model. As an agriculture based business our sustainability strategy is based both on business and climate sustainability. In that regard we have in place organisational and technical measures have built in carbon foot print reduction strategies e.g encourage sustainable agriculture.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am a 37 year old entreprenuer who hold a Bsc Hons. Agriculture ; (UZ). An agronomist by training who has worked for more than 8 years in rural farming communities. I founded Farm2Table upon realising the market linkage gap that smallholder farmers face. The Tony Elumelu Foundation awarded me the best youth enterprise in 2017.