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August 28, 2016 20:37

Hello Frank, your project is doable and tends to be capital intensive. apparently, projects like this is left for government to handle in Nigeria. moreso, to have a secured land title takes a significant process period and housing scheme are more likely planned for civil servants and public officials, as against proffessional in the private sector.

How do you intend to raise the amount of capital/fund that will be sufficient to build two room appartment on owner occupier model?
Is there an organized civil society body in Malawi that you can partner with to conduct a social accountability project to demand for improved housing services for youth and graduates, from duty bearers and service providers?

Comment on: Protect Ozone
August 28, 2016 20:16

Hi Olalekan, i like your project and strategy to address climate change issues in Nigeria and within your local community in Ikorodu.
i will like to suggest that another way of thinking about community development is to put into practice the social capital (skillsets, values and tools/techniques) that already exists as structural networks within Ikorodu coomunity. social capital is a concept of assets based citizen-led development approach, which tends to be better than a needs based community development approach that sees only the deficiencies in an area, seeks for donor support and does not allow local people to participate in development process.

could you educate the children to think about their innate skills and ways they can be innovative to solve their community problem? while a capacity building is talored towards refining those skills set in context of social capital?

August 28, 2016 19:43

Hi Glory, your experimental urine fertilizer is likely to enter the Nigeria Market withiut much difficulty especially when your planned partnership with government agencies like ministry of Agriculture and rural develpment is accomplished to drive the entry into framers cooperative and clubs.

however, from my previous trial of urine as bio-organic fertilizer applied for watermelon and tomato soil bed in February 2016, it appears that urine is rich in nitrogen and stimulate plant growth, but urine is deficient in phosphorous and potassium.

secondly, the beliefs and cultures of many people in Nigeria, does not show positive signal for use of urine, especially as people attach meaning to collection of urine.

this information does not implies that you should not conduct your proposed experimental project, but that urine is more rich in Nitrogen, and urine can produce adverse effect on fruit crops.
more innovative research is needed however to prove the benefit of urine as a low-cost macro nutrient to sustain farmers yield in Nigeria.

Comment on: OUR CRIES
August 28, 2016 19:14

Hi Modesta, you have got a project for the protection of child rights. is there a way for you to bring school management to buy-in into your project concepts? Doing this can help to sustain the cries box, even after you have graduated from school.

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.

August 28, 2016 15:16

Hi Temba, your idea to recover bad debt for clients is bright.
Could you explain clearly how a company that intend to secure loan as seed capital for startup, can sustainably buy toxic assets from clients, and yet be able to sustain salaries for its own staff in the short-run?
For example, take the case of Nigeria, the Asset company of Nigeria (AMCON), which was mandated by the Central bank of Nigeria, to buy toxic assets from deposit money bank, as 2015, the AMCON experienced difficulties of non-payment of salaries, partly because bad debt is not easy to collect when their is a systemic dowturn in economic activities.

How do you intend to respond to potential challenges like this? for they constitute a major business risk to plan for

August 28, 2016 14:54

Hi TU BUI's, it is interesting to see you a lady going for enginnering solution. Your education mission for poor students will be a success because of your determination to attain freedom and your quest towards experimental research.
my suggestion is that, you should try and find partners who will not only fund your idea, but can share their knowledge and experience to guide your path.
You earn my vote

Comment on: AFRICA GAWLO
August 26, 2016 11:00

Hi Elongue, you av got great mission to challenge the minds of African youth. However, consider Harward view of Entrepreneurship: the pursuit of opportunities without regard to resources presently controlled. this mean Entrepreneurs are doers and often seek for knowledge when a need arise to solve a problem.
young entrepreneurs also need to build confidence and your project is addressing that through Debate program.
from my experience it appears that, no matter the numbers of entrepreneurship lectures series given to youths, especially those in the University, such lectures cannot make them to become an entrepreneur. meaning that training programs should identify the innate gifts and talents of potential entrepreneurs and help them to establish the relationship between the needs of their community and the social capital ( skills, value, efforts, vision, technique & tools) required to solve existing problems.

is your program currently addressing entrepreneurship following the approach by professor Harward?

Comment on: Green Farmlands
August 6, 2016 00:55

Hi, you got an exceptional business plan for community agricultural development at the grassroot level.
i like the way you use statistics to express your NGO advocacy mission.
however, do rural farmers in Cameroon keep reliable, timely & adequate records of their farm yield on months on months basis for research & development purposes? if yes; how do you intend to evaluate the 30% growth in outputs, without itemising post-harvest losses?
(2). do you have a concrete methodology to move rural farmers away from poverty by helping them attain about 40% increase in income, where the poor road networks serves as barrier to effective agricultural supply chains.
(3) does the training you give to rural famers includes how a low income and uneducated farmers can better manage the logistics bottlenecks associated with demand-side supply chains process?
if these threefold questions are fundamental for small farms business growth and decision making; what is the actual number of rural farmers you plan to target in the year 2016 --2017 ?

July 31, 2016 01:03

I like your project as it address water, sanitation and hygiene issues in Umuahia.
you talk about future plan to produce pencil from recycled waste, could do a market survey to evaluate if there is a shortage of pencil in Abia or Nigeria?
if you can find partner to embark on recycling waste to energy or generation of electricity for community in Umuahia, you will not only be creating sustainable business, but you will be adding value to economic development through inclusive employments.