Greenseeder Hand Planter - Increasing productivity and improving livelihood of Rural Farmers through a simple hand held planter.

Our planter helps farmers to plant a single seed as against the practice of planting 2-4 seeds thereby saving about 50% in cost of seedlings

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

USAIFA International Limited

Year founded

2008

Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: City

Karshi, Karu LGA, Nasarawa State

Location(s) of impact

We operate in the North Central states of Benue, Nasarawa, Niger and the FCT Abuja, Nigeri with a combine population of over 11 million rural farmers.

Website

http://www.usaifa.com.ng

Facebook URL

https://web.facebook.com/UsaifaNG/

Twitter URL

https://twitter.com/UsaifaNG

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The vast majority of rural farmers do not have access to agricultural finance and cannot afford farm machinery due to high cost. As a result, cereal grains grown in Nigeria are typically planted by hand. Rural farmers usually use sticks, cutlass or their legs to make holes where 2-4 seeds are planted and then bend down to cover the seeds.
This ineffective method of planting is very common place and leads to seed wastage. It also takes the farmer longer period to plant, leading to low productivity and poor harvest.

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

We have developed a hand planter that can reliably singulate seeds, to plant different cereal grains in various soil texture, moisture and tillage system. This planter removes chemically treated seeds from the hands of rural farmers thereby reducing seed-chemical-exposure and associated health risks.
The planter also reduce back injury/pain most rural farmers suffer from due to years of bending and standing to plant several hectares of farm land. The planter also result in improved plant spacing which in turn delivers decreased soil erosion and increased yield. It also helps the farmer to cover more farm area in less period of time.
If adopted on 60% of the more than 82 million hectares of arable land in Nigeria, the nationwide impact could approach $2b each year (assuming a 25% yield increase). Via a simple internal drum switch, the planter can be adopted to place fertilizer below the surface reducing NH3 losses and accommodating mid-season application of Urea-N fertilizer.

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

The Greenseeder hand planter removes chemically treated seeds from the hands of small farmers. This decreases seed-chemical-exposure and associated health risk for farmers, especially child bearing women who do so much of this work. The planter will also result in improved plant spacing which in turn delivers decreased soil erosion and inceased yield.
The planter is expected to provide widespread increases in cereal crop production. If adopted on 60% of the more than 80 million hectares of arable land in Nigeria, the nationwide impact could approach $2 billion each year (assumes a 25% yield increase and grain value of $4/bu).
The planter is expected to reduce planting time by more than 24 hours per hectare of farmland and also reduce the risk of long term health issues like backache experienced by most rural farmers caused by repeated bending when planting is done by hand. If single seed could be placed 7-9 inches, production levels and output could increase by up to 25%.

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

Our business makes money by selling the Greenseeder hand planter to rural framers at a retail price of $26 per planter. The cost of producing each planter is $22, this gives us a margin of $4 on each planter sold. We utilize both wholesale and retail selling strategy. This is because; most of the cooperatives and organisations we are targeting are wholesale buyers.
Our 2017 projected revenue is $72,131.00 with a projected profit of $11,092.00 by December 31st 2017. We plan to scale up production and expand our market with a turn over of n$127,000.00 by December 2018.
The percentage of our 2017 budget is as follows
Individual donations = 0%
Grants = 20%
Corporate contribution = 20%
Earned income from sales = 40%
Others = 10%

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

Most crops grown in Nigeria are typically planted by hand. This is because there are no local producers of hand planters and very few farmers can afford imported tool due to its high cost ranging from $80-$300. For example, the “single row hand-push manual corn seeder” which is manufactured by Shino Machinery ltd of China cost $160 and is not readily available in Nigerian market. We partnered with the Oklahoma State University to transfer technology and replicate the planter in Nigeria for $22.

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

Growing up in the small farming village of Kura, in Nigeria, I watch my grandfather work tirelessly planting his field by hand due to lack of access to agricultural finance and farm machinery due to high cost. Just like my grandfather, over 100 million rural farmers in Nigeria grow grains by hand planting. Rural farmers usually use sticks, cutlass or their legs to make holes where 2-4 seeds are planted roughly 16 inches apart and then bend down to cover the seeds.
This ineffective method of planting leads to seed wastage, It also takes the farmer longer period to plant, leading to low productivity and poor harvest. Due to this practice, most farmers stand the risk of experiencing long term negative health issues like backache, resulting from repeated bending over during planting.
The pain of these rural farmers moved me to research for a solution to the tedious task of seed planting.

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

  • Social media

Evaluation results

2 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 50%

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. - 0%

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 - 0%

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

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4. Financial sustainability

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

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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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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6. Organizational Leadership

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7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

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

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 - 50%

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