INTEGRATED BEEKEEPING AND CASHEW PLANTATION IN THE NORTHERN REGIONS OF GHANA

with a network of 500 women out-growers,we conserve and reclaim degraded lands through integrated beekeeping and cashew plantation.

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Eligibility Criteria

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  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

ABDULAI IBN SADIK

Initiative's representative date of birth

15/04.1985

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Ghana

Headquarters location: city

TAMALE

Where are you making a difference?

Tilaa;is a social impact company in the northern regions of Ghana.it administrative office is in Tamale.regional capital of northern region,but it operates in the rural communities

Website or social media url(s)

www.tilaaltd.com

Date Started

June/2015

Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working toward the next level of expansion)

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

  • €50k - €100k

Organization Type

  • Hybrid

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.

Northern regions of Ghana use to be the food basket of the country.this narrative has changed.this was observed by the co-founders.as the yield of parents of the co-founders contentious to decline.they therefore decided to research into the general low agricultural productivity in the area.this was revealed among others that;bush burning,illegal cutting of trees and overgrazing contribute to climate change.as a result there is low rainfall and poor soil fertility.to solve this there was a need to integrate beekeeping and cashew plantation in order to conserve,reclaim degraded lands and also create sustainable jobs for the rural poor

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

Rural unemployment,bush burning for bush meat and illegal cutting of trees for charcoal.

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

we integrate beekeeping and cashew plantation for the production and processing of; organic honey, beeswax, bee jelly, cashew nuts and animals feed from pruned cashew leaves. we do this with a network of 500 women out-growers.we trained them on the best practices of integrated beekeeping,land management,climate mitigation and adaptation,distribute beehives and cashew seedlings to them,offer them extension services,buy the products from them,package and distribute to both local and international market. this is to create sustainable jobs for the rural poor.who are engage in bush burning for bush meat,cut down trees for charcoal.which is our last defense against deforestation, also as carbon sinks and over graze the land with their animals.

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

by integrating beekeeping and cashew plantation with a network of 500 women out-growers.our impact interns of job creation,land conservation, reclamation and carbon restoration is immense. we don't also have bay product in our line of production.as the only buy product is process to animals feed.

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

we collaborate with Ghana climate and innovation hub.to offer us training on climate mitigation and adaptation and carbon credit calculation. the company is also in collaboration with world resource institute (WRI) to train us on land restoration through tree planting.which serve as carbon sinks.

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?

The company has made impact on communities that we operate; we have created 500 direct sustainable jobs for the poor rural women,through our out-growers scheme. we also conserved and reclaimed 200 hectors.through our cashew plantations.which serve as carbon sinks.

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

we shall recruit an additional 1,000 women out-growers in 2020 conserved and reclaim 500 hectors through integrated beekeeping and cashew plantation. construct an irrigation dump to irrigate 300 hectors. Registered and certify our products with international regulators. Export the products to both European and USA market.

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

as part of our strategy in creating shared value.we have established collaboration with the communities chiefs,district and municipal chiefs executives to release lands for the company.they also assist us in recruiting the out-growers.

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?

Tilaa;is a social impact entity,which generate revenue.through revenue generated the company shall be able to sustain it self in short,medium and long term.

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?

the company is currently manage by six management team; Mr. Sadik Ibn Abdullai is the Managing Director (MD) and a co-founder of Tilaa Company Limited. He has over eight years experience in agriculture, especially in bee keeping. He is a graduate from Kwame Nkurmah University of science and Technology kumasi with MSc.industrial finance and investment. Mr.Danlade Abdul Mumen;is the accountant and finance office.he is a member of charted accountant Ghana.we also have five board of advisers.

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Vittel page or contact

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far

1. 1) OVERALL EVALUATION

Yes, absolutely! - 25%

Yes/maybe - 25%

Maybe - 25%

Maybe/no - 25%

No - 0%

2. 2) CONNECTION TO BIODIVERSITY

5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 25%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 25%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 50%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 0%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 0%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 0%

3- Maybe. - 75%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 0%

3- Maybe. - 50%

2- Probably not. - 25%

1- No. - 0%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 25%

1- No. - 0%

6. 6) Is this entry ACTIVATING CHANGEMAKING?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 25%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 25%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 50%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 50%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 100%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 100%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 0%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 0%

Other option - 50%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 0%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 0%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 100%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 100%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 100%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 100%

Other option - 0%

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