Accelerating Collaborative Business Models for Small Holder Farmers
We create impact by accelerating and scaling small holder farmer businesses in subsaharan Africa to reduce poverty and increase productivity
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Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Location(s) of impact
Uganda: Kampala, Jinja, Mbarara, Kasese, kisoro, Arua, Gulu, Mbale, Soroti
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
Smallholder farmers are often marginalised, and lack sophisticated farming practices and sustainable income sources yet they are the backbone of economies in subsaharan Africa. The challenges they face include poor pricing, unstable markets, low productivity, lack of value addition services, absence of mechanised farming, climate change, reducing soil fertility, poor land use and distribution.
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
Accelerating and providing long term support to social enterprises working with small holder farmers in order to increase efficient land use and productivity. This a program in which we identify entrepreneurs working with small holder famers and support them to develop their capacity, build their network and raise finances. The entrepreneurs we support cover crop farming, animal farming and forestry. Through their operations they recruit small land holders with less than an acre of land to over 3 acres. They train the land owners on how to grow particular crops or rare particular animals which they in turn buy from them at the right time . The entrepreneur will issue the farmers contracts specifying that they will be providing them with seeds and collect the farm produce at the expected harvest season.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
Our model has increasesed access to business opportunities to women and youths along the value chain as intermediaries or small holder farmers or suppliers. Through the program we have trained over 500 entreprenuers and 70% of these were women. We are enabling entrepreneurs to run businesses as small holder farmer intermediaries and train the farmers in adopting other ecofriendly business lines that include producing ecofriendly cook stoves, briquettes, biomass to biogas and other eco inclusive business opportunities. By doing this, we are protecting the environment and keeping farmes away from economic activities that are more disastrous to the environment like tree cutting to make charcoal. An example is an entrepreneur we have trainined and is now providing ICT in agriculture services to groups of rural farmers.
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
Our main souce of revenue are contracts to implement impact programs. these contribute 50%
Other source of income are Earned Income we charge when training the entrepreneurs on skills based services. These contribute 20%.
We are working to raise more funds through Grants which will contribute 30%
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
We create small holder farmer networks, regional markets and enable value addition to agro produce.
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
Uganda and other subsaharan countries are very fertile but the levels of agro productivity are very low. While attending a conference, a German colleague mentioned to me that, "In Germany when you wake up in the morning and go to the garden you will die but in Uganda if you go to the garden, you will eat!" This funny moment made me realise how possible it is for small holder farmers to supply global markets if their collective efforts are harnessed through intermediary social enterpreneurs. Such intermediary service providers would have to support them in overcoming the barriers to large scale productivity and make them the best offers.
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