Creating guaranteed market of cereal&legume crops grown by smallholder farmers in rural areas so that they increase the volume of production

Creating value for stockholders and prospering with the rural communities by increasing the income levels of poor rural households by crops.

Photo of Chaka Ng'ambi
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  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Muchinga General Enterprises Limited

Year founded

2011

Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • For-profit

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Zambia

Headquarters location: City

Along Muyombe Road, Thendele, Mafinga District, Muchinga Province, Zambia

Location(s) of impact

Country Zambia: Mafinga District, Muchinga Province In 2016, affected families by severe drought in Zimbabwe received common beans through WFP.

Facebook URL

https://web.facebook.com/chaka.ngambi.7

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The problem we are trying to solve is cutting down of trees for charcoal for sell by smallholder farmers which is affecting the climate change. We want to preserve the Environment by motivating smallholder farmers at the local rural concentrating on farming as source of income unlike cutting down of trees for charcoal for sell by providing them guaranteed market of cereal and legume crops at the local rural throughout the year and long term loans in form of solar water pumps for irrigation of crops.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

We have created guaranteed market of legume crops like common beans, soy beans, groundnuts etc. grown by smallholder farmers in rural areas in Mafinga District Muchinga Province Zambia and smallholder farmers have increased the volume of production of the cereal and legume crops(maize, common beans, groundnuts) and value of agribusiness by providing guaranteed supply to bulk buyers and processors that meet the quality, type, quantity and at market price. Sensitizing and training smallholder farmers about improved way to do farming using new innovative methods by installing solar water pumps for irrigation so that they have increased income and food security by growing crops throughout the year as well as overcome the risk of drought caused by climate change. Since smallholder farmers will have increased income from crops sell then the future generation will embrace having solar water pump systems for irrigation of crops as source of income as culture unlike charcoal for sell.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

In 2017, smallholder farmers in Mafinga District increased production of common beans which is nutritious.Reduction of cutting down of trees for charcoal for sell as source of income in the dry season. Increase in number of households that have taken farming as business. Increase in number of households in the rural areas to have access to piped water. Reduction of food loss. Reduction of poverty by the number of rural community to have improved houses because of increased income at the local rural because of the guaranteed market provided at the local rural for cereal and legume crops in Mafinga District. Increase in number of girl children who will have access to education because the parents are able to afford sponsoring the children from farming income. Increase in the number of youths to have permanent jobs in both rural and urban areas in the food processing and manufacturing industries because of the bulk raw cereal and legume crops we shall sell them.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

1. In 2015, we received seed capital of USD5000 from Tony Elumelu Foundation for the innovation of creating guaranteed market of cereal and legume crops at the local rural for the agribusiness. 2. In 2016, we received a grant of USD3000 from International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) through Ministry of Agriculture SAPP for the innovation of creating guaranteed market for legumes at the local rural for smallholder farmers to increase production of these nutritious crops. The enterprise will sustain itself from profits.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Our unique value proposition is creating guaranteed market for cereal and legume crops at the local rural in Mafinga District so that smallholder farmers concentrate on growing crops throughout the year under irrigation using solar water pump systems which our company will sell to them as long term loans since they are the producers of the crops which we shall purchase from them and sell to bulk buyers and processors while preserving the environment and feeding the increasing population.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

My name is Chaka Ng’ambi founder and Managing Director of Muchinga General Enterprises Limited based in Mafinga District, Muchinga province Zambia with great passion to prosper together with smallholder farmers with a practical lasting solution in food and environment. Our Global Impact business is to empower smallholder farmers in the rural with solar water pump Systems with total dynamic head of 90 metres and pump flow rate of 4600litres of water per hour so that they could grow different nutritious crops throughout the year by irrigation and adapt to climate change and drought. Our greatest passion in life is designing a better world for all, tracking human progress in terms of food sufficiency, the future of science and technology. Design thinking for social change. Refining our purpose and goals by exponential thinking and solutions. The co-founder is Mavis Chiyambi a nurse.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

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Evaluation results

2 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

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4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 50%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 50%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

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4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

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4. Financial sustainability

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4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 100%

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5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

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6. Organizational Leadership

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4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 50%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

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7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

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Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Really exciting initiative. Congratulations. You can make more for your sustainability because your project is really promise. Good luck and go ahead.

Photo of Marg Leijdens

Dear Chaka Ng'ambi, My compliments for your good initiative. I must say, when I read your application, I think your unique value proposition is the use of solar water pump systems! Those enable farmers to produce more and secure crop production.
How do you go about reducing the cutting of trees for charcoal? I recognize this is a big challenge.
Marg

If you like to see our project: https://network.changemakers.com/challenge/creatingsharedvalue/entry/village-based-processing-of-organic-spices/ .
Wish you good luck

Photo of Chaka Ng'ambi

Dear Marg,
We want to preserve the Environment by motivating smallholder farmers at the local rural concentrating on farming as source of income unlike cutting down of trees for charcoal for sell by providing them guaranteed market of cereal and legume crops at the local rural throughout the year and giving them long term loans in terms of solar water pump systems with total dynamic head of 90 meters and pump flow rate of 4600litres of water per hour and household solar lighting systems. The business solves the problem by motivating smallholder farmers at the local rural to grow different types of crops throughout the year by the guaranteed market provided at the local rural level and by the use of solar water pump systems thereby preserving the environment unlike cutting down of trees for charcoal as source of income. The non-cutting of the trees for charcoal for sell will be one of the conditions in the solar water pump loan agreement with the smallholder farmers at the local rural so that they could concentrate on farming of cereal and legume crops which the market will be guaranteed for them at the local rural. This will motivate the smallholder farmers to increase the production of cereal and legume crops which are nutritious. The smallholder farmers will be motivated to concentrate on farming as the source of income because of the guaranteed market at the local rural for the crops they will be growing. In the long run because of the increased income that the rural smallholder farmers will have will start to purchase the solar water pump systems from our company instead of loans and will make it easier for them to pay for solar home lighting systems. All the future generation will develop a culture of having solar water pump system for farming as source of income thereby preserving the trees. The smallholder farmers will be our customers for solar water pump systems and at the same time will be our producers of cereal and legume crops which we shall be purchasing from them at the local rural and sell to bulk buyers and processors. We have customers at both ends, the smallholder farmers in the rural for solar water pump systems and home solar lighting systems at one end and bulk buyers of cereal and legume crops at the other end. The idea is for the smallholder farmers to be growing cereal and legume crops throughout the year under irrigation to adapt to drought caused by climate change as source of income because of the guaranteed market we shall provide at the local rural with the aim of discouraging deforestation for charcoal for sell as source of income. By so doing the culture will develop for the rural smallholder farmers and future generation to have solar water pump systems for irrigation which will provide us the market for the solar water pump systems. It could be similar to the way the culture of having a mobile phone for communication has developed. In the long run we shall design portable turbines for generating electricity from running streams and rivers which we shall be able to sell to smallholder farmers in the rural because they would be able to afford because of increased income from crops sales by so doing creating shared value for the current and future generation to embrace as culture.

Photo of Marg Leijdens

Dear Chaka Ng'ambi, thanks for your extensive reply. I see that the water pumps play a crucial role and also help you to make sure that people stop cutting trees for charcoal. I wish you good luck with your project, saving trees really is of major importance for the environment (and for people).