Oyster Mushroom Farm

Mushroom is a delicacy that is in short supply. Our farm has started Oyster Mushroom cultivation and sales.

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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

Vocado Farms

Year founded

2016

Initiative stage

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

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 250 - 500

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Ghana

Headquarters location: City

Kumasi

Location(s) of impact

Kumasi

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

We seek to train smallholder farmers who will produce mushroom substrate bags for us to buy. It is a method intended for outsourcing portions of our production to boost employment generation.

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

We seek to produce fresh and processed mushroom in high scale to meet local and export demand.

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

1. Our restaurant clients are able to get guaranteed supply.
2. Our farm help reduce environmental pollution caused by the burning of sawdust. We use the sawdust to produce mushroom substrate. After the production cycle, the substrate (mainly sawdust) is used as organic manure.
3. Employment generation

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

Financial sustainability will be assured through plough back profit, loans, grants etc.

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

We seek to employ hundreds of nationwide sales agents who will deliver our mushroom to consumers.

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

I realized that local mushrooms farmers have been inconsistent with their supply.

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! - 50%

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. - 0%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 50%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

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

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

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

1 - This entry is weak here - 50%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

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

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

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

1 - This entry is weak here - 50%

4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

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

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

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 100%

1 - This entry is weak here - 100%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

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

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

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

1 - This entry is weak here - 50%

6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

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

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

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 50%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

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 - 0%

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