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I have added value to traditional conservative farming, hence, restoring and maintaining soil fertility and biodiversity

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

Felix Mbewe

Initiative's representative date of birth

01 January 1989

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Zambia

Headquarters location: city

Lusaka

Where are you making a difference?

Lusaka, Central, Eastern, Southern, Northern, Luapula and Muchinga Provinces

Website or social media url(s)

https://web.facebook.com/Love-For-Humanity-Foundation-1459794557485219/?eid=ARCoJigkGCVHGEWFHgU4i14WknkFNE8o4K0irzBE6i5PaqVCVrFJFxuABW2E25ClQgIX65wzBmnIN6B9&timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=100002568730853&fref=tag http://www.knowledgefordevelopmentwithoutborders.org/2019/03/07/mr-felix-mbewe/

Date Started

Septembter 2013

Project Stage

  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan going forward)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €10k - €50k

Organization Type

  • Youth-led initiative

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

The Organization was started to empower the young generation through love, charity and voluntary work to enhance and propel education & development in Zambia, and Africa in general by stimulating the idea of “aid from Africans to Africans” and self-reliance. Our strategy was influenced by the presence of poor soil fertility and erratic rainfall in most of Zambia’s provinces, this has resulted into poor yields, over use of chemicals, poor land management, over grazing, soil acidity. Our work focuses on sustainable development in: economic growth, environmental stewardship, and social inclusion carried across all sectors of development, from cities facing rapid urbanization to agriculture, energy development and use, and water availability.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

The major challenge we are solving is soil fertility and biodiversity protection, which has been degraded due to extensive use of chemical and improper farming methods. The problem persist due to a number of factors ranging from; lack of knowledge on conservative farming, no adoption of proper farming methods, extensive labor involved in conservative farming, the love for quick solutions and results from use of conventional chemicals, and most inportantly lack of political will to enforce it.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We teach farmers sustainable conservative methods for free, we have partnerships with villagers, the government, and local NGO's to help in reaching more farmers, we do soil tests and deep analysis for free, we advice farmers on what crops to grow in specific areas, we teach crop rotation, compost manure making, proper irrigation systems, we teach resuable potholing farming, we focus on maximization of within the farm or field materials to reduce on costs of farming and wastage.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

We focused on the then current and past conservative farming methods which were not well accepted by most farmers, so we added value by assessing analysing soil type before farming the areas, then innovated further by added modern easy to handle technology which has so far yielded great results in terms of harvest, soil fertility, resistance to pests, etc. So our model promotes climate smart agriculture by focusing on both short and long term benefits of conservative farming. What differentiates us from other organizations is the ever innovation by our members who are mainly university and college students who are inquisitive to solve agriculture and societal problems.

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

Sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The concept of needs goes beyond simply material needs and includes values, relationships, freedom to think, act, and participate, all amounting to sustainable living, morally, and spiritually. In order to achieve this Love For Humanity, is currently working on two projects: 1.Promoting and teaching sustainable agriculture among local farmers in partnership with AgriHope a faith based organization. These lessons are offered for free through seminars and Boot Camps Cohorts. 2.School production units programs, whose purpose is to teach learners how to take care of themselves, others, wildlife and the environment through practical out door agriculture practices i.e building orchards, school gardens, piggery, chicken runs, fish ponds or dams, etc 3.All these activities are based on linkages and collaboration with others

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

Every year we reach a minimum of 1,000 farmers and young people, due to the positive response we are getting this years 2020, we are targetting 10,000 farmers and learners in secondary schools. Our progress ultimately will be measured by the increased number of people and areas adopting conservative farming, plus the number of schools to be enrolled in our production unit school programs.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

We hope to spread across Africa in due course, to also have key partnerships from organizations such the United Nations, and other multilateral organizations. The project's ultimate goal is to not only at ending hunger but having a healthy meal without depleting soil fertility for all families in Africa. Our doors and arms are open to more new partnerships and collaboration, especially in capacity and technical building for our stuff, members and beneficiaries.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

Our mission is to have long term results in the form of increased income for our beneficiaries, this is been scaled up by focusing on route to markets for farmer's produce, so far we are looking at value chains, branding, marketing, packaging and assisting in the sales process of our farmers harvest, which has had us to focus on sorting issues farmers face to land their produce to different desired markets.'The aim is to increase money in our farmers pockets, therefore, they take farming as a business.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Since we provide free training, transport and sales services to our farmers, we have a policy of getting back a commission of 30% from sales to cover our costs and also have a small return to sustain our works. We further offer similar lessons and manage farms for people who have money but have less time to farm or have no know how about farming. This is our major source of income. We hope to grow this side of the business in order to have more funds for our social services.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Our structure is composed of 3 full time workers, 100 volunteers and 2 part time workers. The structure is as below: Executive Director (BA Development Studies & Philosophy) , Finance Manager (Charttered Accountant) Project & Programs Coordinator (Bsc. Agriculture Engineering), Resource Mobilization Manager (BA Social Work), Business Development Manager (BA Economics) Communications & Networking Specialist Public (BA Mascom) and Legal Adviser(LLB). We intend to engage more science graduates.

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Search engine

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