Sustainable Agriculture for Biodiversity
Food Security,Adaptation& Resilience to climate change - Agricultural innovation will strengthen the resilience of agri-food systems.
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I am 18 years old or older.
Initiative's representative name
Moses Ochola Olielo
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Where are you making a difference?
Mundri West and East and Mvolo Counties Western Equatoria State,South Sudan
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Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan going forward)
Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the 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.
Since the out-break of violent conflict in South Sudan between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President turned rebel Leader Dr. Rick Machar in December 2013; there were widespread displacement, loss of livelihoods and destruction of socio-economic infrastructures in the Payams/areas of Mundri West, Mundri East and Mvolo Counties in South Sudan. The Payams/areas badly affected by the fighting, displacement, loss of livelihoods and destruction of socio-economic infrastructures,cutting of trees,women remained burning charcoal and cutting of Trees for their survival and better poor knowledge of agricultural practices, and new technologies and inputs.
2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
I am helping to solve the problems of biodiversity and ecosystem losses,lack of education education in the importance of environments to humans and solutions that can promote the health and vitality of ecosystems throughout the world.
3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
1. Promote Awareness
The first step i am protecting the ecosystem by promoting awareness. Informing the general population about the multitude of benefits biodiversity and encourage people to be more conscious of the environment.
2. Ecological Restoration and Reclaimation
Short-term conservation: means protecting species/habitats in immediate danger. It is a quick way to stop biodiversity from decresing further.
3. Alternative Livelihoods
One of the most important problems i am solving in the face of biodiversity loss is the problem of sustainable and alternate livelihoods for the people forced to damage ecosystems just in order to survive.For example use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers that affect biodiversity.
4. Reduction of land and soil degradation and Reduce or eliminate pesticides and fertilizer.
4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?
Promotion of mixed agricultural systems such as fish farming and agroforestry; participatory training for integrated pest management; pollination management; advice on soil and water conservation; guidance on best practices for fisheries management and aquaculture development;promotion of technologies and management options of grasslands and forage resources in arid, semi-arid and humid tropical ecosystems.
Based on principles of the conservation and optimization in South Sudan,i saw people cutting trees,using chemical on their farms rather than using organic manure and that destroyed their biodiversity.The other organization approach has not solve the challenge and something need to be done.Promotion of technologies and management options
5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?
I suggest streamlining across ministries and agencies, improved coordination mechanisms with all relevant stakeholders, and better knowledge sharing between our parners to improve cooperation among biodiversity.
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?
Introduced Digitization of Agricultural Value Chain to women Groups in Western Equatoria State,South Sudan.
Increase the cultivation of mixed crops (sorghum, maize, millet, beans, groundnuts, sesame, cassava, yam and potatoes) to overcome shocks of flood/droughts.
Train farmers in agricultural modern technologies and agriculture/forestry conservation friendly good practices (cut one tree from the farm land and cultivate five new trees as a replacement at the neighborhood of the agricultural farm land).
7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
Maintaining a high level of crop-genetic diversity, both on farm level as in seed banks, which will help to increase and sustain production levels and nutritional diversity throughout the full range of different agro-ecological conditions.
Ensure better management of the biodiversity associated with food and agriculture; support the conservation of and access to genetic resources and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from their use.
8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?
By reconceiving products and markets, by redefining productivity in the value chain, and by enabling local community development.
Based on sustainability values, we will integrate social responsibility in their organization identity to improve the relationship with our stakeholders.
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?
After completion of the project activities, we do not plan to stop our operations. We will ensure that we have internal resource mobilization mechanisms to help us sustain and own the activities in the future. We will also encourage the direct beneficiaries and community members to see this project as their own, support it and ensure its continuity.
We expect that after implementing this noble project the impact will be great within Western Equatoria counties. This will be encouraging the Project Team and Committee members to replicate the idea of the project and it can be used as one element for promoting women and economic empowerment to other parts of South Sudan.
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?
Felix Sunday Khamis - Executive Director
He is a native of Western Equatoria in South Sudan.He has Administration experience,and has been working to implement viable projects to vulnerable communities.FSL,Innovation and Peace
Future Moses Ochola –Head of Programs
He has 9 years’ experience in Agriculture,distributing inputs, tools and equipment for identified livelihood enterprises (new genetic material-crop, vegetables and livestock, apiculture, aquaculture, NTFPs) in Kenya and South Sudan.
11. How did you hear about this challenge?