Felice's AgriSolutions

Published on June 25, 2016 um 16:45

Explain your idea in details:

Almost 70 per cent of Africans live in the rural settings. 70 per cent of the rural population in Africa comprises of smallholder farmers who contribute at least 80 per cent of the total agricultural output. However, most of African smallholder production remains noncompetitive on regional and global market. Usually, the quantity and quality of produce do not satisfy the market demands. The main objective of the idea is to transform smallholder farming in Malawi and across Africa from being a mere social activity, which simply meets household needs, into a commercial or business activity. Several strategic activities are planned to achieve this objective. Firstly, i recognize the need to build capacity in the farmers. The idea, therefore, is to provide on-the-field as well as out-of-the-field trainings regarding best practices on; farming, pre-harvest and post-harvest methods of handling the crops, etc. Secondly, i also recognize farmers' inability to access appropriate and adequate farm inputs, especially due to poverty. Hence, the idea provides a solution in the form of farm input financing whereby repayment will be made by the farmers upon the sale of their crops. Thirdly, i acknowledge farmers' inability to maintain the quantity and quality of the produce after harvest due to poor storage facilities and transport system. The idea, firstly, is to establish community warehouses that will also act as pick-up points from which the produce will be ferried to main warehouses constructed in strategic central points. Again, the idea will ensure effective, efficient and reliable transportation system between pick-up points and the central warehouses. The other important activity of the enterprise is of helping give farmers an access to multiple and competing buyers and more markets through an establishment of the commodity exchange market. The approach leverages e-commerce, linking farmers and buyers via a commercial platform.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

'Africa's smallholder farmers can be agriculture's game changers of the 21st century'-Jane Karuku, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. Her statement is true in the sense that up to 80 per cent of the food that we eat in Africa is actually produced by smallholder farmers-people who tend crops and raise livestock on less than a hectare of land-and most of them are women. Agriculture is by far the surest way by which the world can give all Africans the opportunity to have health diets, earn income and live dignified lives. By promoting smallholder farming, Felice's AgriSolutions is at the same time joining all other forces in the fight against hunger and malnutrition in Africa. The effort is aligning with the SDGs 2 and 3. Too, the idea is a creator of jobs and generator of income for the 500 plus million potential African smallholder farmers most of whom are women and, hence, fulfills SDGs 1, 5 and 8. The trainings that the enterprise offers for capacity building make the targets skillful and knowledgeable. This effort fulfills SDGs 4 and 5. Clearly, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are one of the yard sticks that will be used to evaluate the success of the idea's long term milestones. On short term milestones, the enterprise plans to work with 60 smallholder farmers organized in three working groups for its pilot phase. The success in putting together the groups, in addition to the establishment and maintenance of convenient storage facilities, designing and implementation of effective, efficient and reliable transport system all will serve as measures for evaluating the success of the idea. Overall, the ultimate maximized measurable quantity and quality of smallholder production as well as farmers' access to multiple and competing buyers will provide an important measure, too.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Felice's AgriSolutions places African smallholder farmers at the center of its business model. This is in recognition of the fact that they are the most critical actors in any food security strategies in Africa. The model helps build the required capacity in the farmers for best farming practices, creates commercial platforms that will help farmers reduce post-harvest loss through warehousing, helps to give them access to multiple and competing buyers and more markets, helps provide farmers with access to credit and financial products and helps give manufacturers a reliable supply of raw materials. Currently, the idea is a beneficiary of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme and a prospective recipient of seed funding of US$ 5000. The enterprise plans to establish partnerships with relevant consultants and extension workers. For example, Mivi Agri-Enterprises are possible partners for the provision of capacity building trainings. I also introduced the idea to Mangochi District Agricultural Office to seek a possibility to work with the office's extension workers.

Your profile

I am Felix Yola, the founder and CEO of Felice's AgriSolutions. I am a Malawian, the first born in the family of four sons. I turned 28 on 25th April this year and I am single. I have just completed my degree programme at DMI-St. John the Baptist University where i have been studying bachelor degree in Social Work (results pending). I believe in helping others help themselves. I am also an ardent believer that entrepreneurship is the greatest catalyst and facilitator of development in Africa. As Tony Elumelu says, 'Your idea can transform Africa.' Surely, my idea can transform Africa. Naturally, i am a strong leader who believes in team work to get tasks done. I hold myself to be a prospective employer who will take longer-term view, practise patience in pursuit of profits while building up the capacity of the communities. I have been the chairperson of my church's youth ministry since 2012 as well as the university's student union president for the 2014/15 academic year. Recently, my idea got selected into the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, popularly known as TEEP and i am a prospective recipient of the programme's seed funding of up to $5000.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

Rapport Building, Community Meeting.

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Comments

Felix Yola

September 5, 2016 18:58

Thanks Linda!

Felix Yola

September 1, 2016 09:14

Thanks Mr Okeke!

Felix Yola

August 31, 2016 23:50

You are most welcome Mr Wyson Maleta. I am encouraged by your feedback!

Wyson Maleta

August 31, 2016 21:51

This is an amazing and life-transforming idea that if we can buy and embrace can be a yardstick to great development. I salute you sir Felix!

Wyson Maleta

August 31, 2016 21:47

This is an amazing idea from a great mind. It is life-transforming...

August 31, 2016 15:08

good job

Felix Yola

August 31, 2016 01:51

You are most welcome Jhoni Kuwanda. We really need to think out of the box because the future of our great continent depends on us, the youth!

linda manda

August 30, 2016 11:13

Gud idea Felix

jhoni kuwanda

August 30, 2016 11:08

Such ideas are what "we" African youth should conceive if we are to see our continent transforming...As agriculture is the spine of our land.

Thumb up to Felix..

Felix Yola

August 28, 2016 20:24

Olorunfemi hello! Thanks for your feedback. Felice's AgriSolutions' focus is on commercialization of African smallholder farming by helping farmers maximize the quantity and quality of the smallholder production and productivity so that smallholder farm produce is competitive on the local and international market. We will achieve this by addressing those problems that farmers face to prevent them from producing high quantity and quality products. The solution includes farm input financing and we will work with relevant financial institutions to help with the administration of loans and repayment plan.

The warehouses will be constructed. Together with a well designed transport system, we hope these will provide a commercial platform that will prevent post-harvest loss.

We're in the research and development stage now, about to enter the market which means we have researched and we continue to research on different business models to make our idea sustainable.

Thanks again for your feedback sir!

August 28, 2016 18:50

Hi Felix, it is true that Agricsolution is the way forward to sustain Africa. however, are you also planning to help the small farmers in the areas of opportunity to have access to improved farm tools or machines to process their farm produce and to reduce post-harvest lossess? if your present plans covers this suggestions, is there a chance for you to research more on business models to sustain your plans in the long-run, without reliance on donor fund to keep this plan rolling?

I say this because the facts on shows that smallholders farmers always look out for avenue to access funds without having concrete plans to payback.

Felix Yola

August 28, 2016 08:38

Thanks Abdul. Your comment has ignited my faith.

Abdul

August 27, 2016 07:29

Never give up bro its only idea like Yours that can bring forth good fruits. I will support you by voting and encouraging others doing the same.

Felix Yola

August 26, 2016 00:01

Thanks bro. The good thing is that i am 100% confident that i will make it in the competition. Thanks for your support bro. Yours is a great idea too.

August 25, 2016 15:23

Hello comrade,
You conceived a great idea when you push it hard into execution. I support it by votes and comments. What to do is just don't give up even when you don't make in the competition.

mac

July 23, 2016 17:31

good idea

felix yola

July 14, 2016 16:17

Thanks Olipa and Asante. I appreciate your feedback.

olipa chipiliro

July 12, 2016 20:21

very wonderful idea felix!

asante chiwaya

July 11, 2016 19:06

Keep up for that good idea

Felix Yola

July 7, 2016 12:52

Thanks Dan!

dan

July 7, 2016 12:15

thats wonderful idea! felix

felix yola

July 6, 2016 21:09

Nelson thanks for the feedback. It's really encouraging. And thanks to Clara and Esther. Your support is valuable.

Nelson de Sousa

July 6, 2016 11:31

Hi Felix, Your idea is good also will help solve the problem. In Mozambique the scenario is also the same as if I lived there in Malawi, after all we are neighbors.

Keep working!

July 4, 2016 19:32

Thanks Mr Luke. That's encouraging really.

July 4, 2016 10:19

Thanks Vic, i appreciate for your vote brother.

luke m'bawa

July 4, 2016 10:07

Felix's idea can bring tremendous transformation of many subsistence farmers into prosperity and economic development of the nation

victor mwazambumba

July 4, 2016 09:09

Go youths go.. go Feli go...good idea brother

esther

July 3, 2016 21:15

Great idea Felix, just voted.

July 3, 2016 18:30

What an idea Felix. All the best. It took me time to find you though cause you sent me an incomplete URL. I've voted and am glad I did.

July 2, 2016 19:33

I liked your idea. Also my idea is about purify water, give a look maybe we can work together.

dan

July 2, 2016 11:18

felix 100% like your idea! we need big brains in this world for a better tomorrow

June 30, 2016 10:41

Myat Moe Khaing, my business model is involved in supplying raw materials to manufacturers. The commodity exchange market that the business will establish will link smallholder farmers to multiple and competing buyers and more markets on the regional and global market.

June 30, 2016 10:37

Thanks people for your feedback. I am so glad.

Binson Chathamthumba

June 29, 2016 11:05

I do acknowledge I dea that it well organized, and put it on the ground. I do believe this can change the status of many farmers here in.Malawi

Myat Moe Khaing

June 28, 2016 19:07

Warehouses are very important, how about the entire supply chain?

June 27, 2016 17:11

Thank you for the connection, I just wish all ideas would one by one be implemented and help transform the continent to make it a better place for the coming generation.

June 27, 2016 15:18

Thanks for your vote

I have also cast my vote for your idea

Keep it up we shall get there.

June 26, 2016 23:30

Hello Felice,
this is a great idea and i have voted for you. Please you can read and support my idea with your comment and vote.
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/4/3074/
together we can create a better society.

Hamza

June 26, 2016 00:30

Hi Felix
I like your project idea and am impressed. Thank you that you considered sharing it with us. I have voted for you.
I kindly requested that you read about my project too and vote for me via this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/3817/ I will appreciate your contribution