Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Shifting Rural Small Scale Farmers to Large Scale and Commercial Farming
Explain your idea in details:
Some key Statistics about Ishongororo Ibanda north, Uganda where Katengyeti, Kashozi is found. 0 to 17 years are 55%. 29% (9489) of Persons aged 18 years and above are illiterate. 10.4% of households have less than 2 meals a day. High illiteracy levels 29% of age 6 to 15 dont attend school. Distant public facilities at average 30% of residents walk 5km or more to access a school. 69 percent of households derived their livelihoods from subsistence farming as the main source of earning. (Source: Uganda Bureau of Statistics 2017, The National Population and Housing Census 2014 Area Specific Profile Series, Kampala, Uganda). Available at: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.ubos.org/onlinefiles/uploads/ubos/2014CensusProfiles/IBANDA.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwj0k9yU-MDbAhULchQKHYBGBNkQFjAAegQIBhAB&usg=AOvVaw3U1D4jDWIQDaiQfl7ZJoNg This is why the idea seeks to Intervene and Shift Rural Small Scale Farmers to Large Scale and Commercial Farming to change the situation. Also the idea seeks to train and encourage food storage among rural farmers such that they have enough food throught the year. Our overall goal is to help improve highly the household incomes of Farmers in Katengyeto, Kashozi. The objectives are; To enable households afford basic education. To help household get enough food. To facilitate access to fair market to farm products. To facilitate access to affordable technology. To help farmers access information and major farm inputs like high quality seedlings, fertilizers, herbicides and acaricides. To facilitate access to clean water and education To encourage the youth who make up 55% of the population, to participate and encourage family planning to reverse the high population growth rate (1.9%) in the area.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Since its a village with enough land for crop husbandry and reasonable cattle under free range system. We seek to introduce free seeds and other farm inputs and agriculture trainings and supervising. Government Wealth creation and agriculture staff may be beneficial in trainings if invited. Since theres a river in the area, we can introduce piped clean water to the region to eliminate diseases from unclean water and plans are under way to team with National Water and Sewerage Corporation, a national body responsible for supplying clean to extend its services to this rural area. Regarding farming, we seek to build facilities to enable consulting, access to information (expert on farm visits), training, and providing veterinary services to improve animal & crop health and thus increase output. With prosperity in this since there are many high milk producing farmers already, we seek to build an animal dairy cooler to store milk which in turn will be marketed and sold at competitive prices. Food storage will improve. With this priority facilities achieved, I anticipate it will automatically cause supply for; human health facilities, improve schools (literacy) and others since households will have reliable source of income. There have been cases where farmers sell their agricultural output at very low incomes and commonly prematurely for both crops in the gardens and animals in the farm due to poverty. Financial literacy trainings will be conducted periodically to impart knowledge, skills and confidence among households to manage their finances well taking into account economic and social circumstances. In the long run, this idea is predicted to help achieve greater penetration of financial services to all levels of society (through formal banking sectors and informal channels). It is referred to as financial deepening. All these are major contributors that lead to financial inclusion.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This will be a charity initiative meant to boost farmers make them self-sustainable. By developing various supportive systems like reliable infrastructure, and access to fair market. The idea intends to do this for a certain period of time say 3 years then pull out and farmers take over on their own. Financing source will generally be grant. Collaborators will be farmers, funders, project staff and the government.
Am Gad Mbahweza, 30 years. Am a graduate of Bachelor Financial Mathematics (Honors) at Uganda Martyrs University in Uganda and a Masters of Banking and Investment Management from Makerere University, Uganda. Gad is a consultant with strong financial Management skills with over 5 years experience in Managerial positions. I have enthusiasm in sharing knowldge in helping other people get out poverty and be self-sustainable in a way contributing to achieving the Sustainable development goals. I have passion for community and charity work.