Empower Youth to become champions in local communities and work together as role models to inspire and attract other youth into agribusiness
We work to attract youth into commercial farming as a solution to youth unemployment through empowerment, financing and market facilitation.
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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
Kiwature - Najjera Road, IJ Complex, Kampala Uganda
Location(s) of impact
Uganda in the districts of Kapchorwa, Rukungiri, Gulu, Mbale, Nakaseke, Kasese and Ntungamo
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
As a country with the world’s second youngest population, youth unemployment at 83%, over 400,000 youth entering labor market to compete for 9,000 formal jobs annually, the amount of job seekers is expected to triple to 48 million by 2040. With an economy that relies on agriculture for economic growth and food security, Uganda sits at a critical juncture and its path forward lies in creating employment opportunities in agriculture for its youth.
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
We work to end youth unemployment by creating cool employment opportunities along agricultural value chain.
We are currently working with 5000 youth in 15 districts of Uganda. They belong to 500 groups, each group comprises of 10 youth with 5 girls and 5 boys. After formation, we train them in group dynamics and organize them into village loans and savings associations.
We also equip them with skills in good agronomic practices, post harvest handling, climate smart agriculture, financial literacy and record keeping, support them with finance in form of inputs and provide market. We then store, add value and make an extra profit that we use to engage more youth.
We also support urban youth through value addition. We have a fully equipped value addition center where youth add value to coffee, mushroom and tomatoes and brand their products in their companies names for sale.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
YOFCHAN has impacted lives of the young people in Uganda through attracting and engaging them in agribusiness; this has been achieved through a series of activities conducted within the last two years. We have conducted trainings to over 4700 youth in good agronomic practices, climate smart agriculture, group dynamics, financial literacy, record keeping and value addition, supported them with farm inputs, post harvest tools and market linkages to enable them practice farming as a business.
We have also supported over 300 urban youth to register their business, access our value addition facilities, add value to coffee, tomatoes and mushroom, package and marketing their products.
We have also conducted 24 monthly AgriJazz events where youth gather and showcase their agricultural products for marketing purposes and one young farmers awards.
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
This initiative has been supported through awards and grants. In 2016, we won the Echoing Green global fellowship and in 2017, we received a grant from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to promote decent work for youth in agriculture. YOFCHAN also has a self sustainable model where we buy, store and sell the young farmers produce when prices increase and also take 4% from the profits
made by the urban youth.
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
Most organizations believe its hard to attract youth into farming due to youth limited access to land, finance and market and negative attitudes towards agriculture but for us, we understand approaches that appeal to the young people. We empower, finance and facilitate markets for youth to engage into farming as a business, offer cool extension services through social media and AgriExtension App to be launched soon, Annual young farmers football cup and young farmers awards.
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
As a young farmer, in 2014, I got opportunities to attend USAID Feed the future trainings where most young farmers would keep complaining about the challenges they face in agriculture as limited access to land, finance and markets year after year without devising solutions that would address their concerns. As a person who believes in solutions than lamenting about problems, I came up with an idea to start Young Farmers Champions Network an organization that would equip youth with farming skills, agricultural finance and provide market for them to become successful and work together as agricultural ambassadors and role models to inspire and attract fellow youth into farming as a business.
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