Integrated community model for farmers in the community of Bafut .
To develop, implement an integrated community model that enables flexibility, resilient and sustainability in local livelihood
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Beagle agro- ventures
Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Bafut-Tubah division North west
Location(s) of impact
Cameroon: Bafut, Wum
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
food security and local livelihood is still a major challenge. Poor farming techniques, the lack of a guarantee farmers’ market and unavailable funds for farming threatens both biodiversity and local livelihood. This is also linked to limited investment potentials, entrepreneurial skills and limited creative leadership skill for the development local growth potentials and sustainable livelihood.More so value is not added for products going to the high value consumer.An integrated model (lens of the people) a solution.
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
The development of a resilient market driven agricultural system for local communities is very essential to motivate the local community members to see prospects in earning sustainable livelihood from farming activities. It is also essential in guiding the development actions of the local government and other potential investors. The main activities that will lead to the process of establishing the market system will involve stakeholders’ workshop, sensitization meetings, partnership agreement, development of a management structure, legalization of the of the community-led market structure, development of benefit sharing mechanism and development of the market website. It will start working with 300 farmers. It will work with individuals to develop their land use plan and investment plans for agriculture produce. 100 farmers will also receive financial support through a revolving scheme.Our ready market will add value to products from its destination to the high value consumer.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
The approach engaged all community members in problem identification, project planning, development and implementation. The creative leadership approach was used. Community members together with the project implementation team used a workshop approach which critically analyzed and prioritize development challenges and the possible way of solving them base on local resources availability. Promoting a market driven agricultural system was prioritized as one of the main actions in solving local development challenges.The project team and community members together explore opportunities, build capacity on the need to move from a subsistence system to a market driven agricultural system.This was achieved through collective mapping and harnessing of resources for local development. we expect to guarantee a ready market,food security,loan revolving scheme to local farmers and sharing ideas.most farmers got to see that if this market is established more value will be added to their products
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
$6515 as from crowd funding by the implementing enterprise, $10230 from contribution of Board members/membership sales, $1000 as grant from the pollination Project, $12737 as in-kind contribution from local community members and project staff.
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
To develop an ICLM (market driven,) that enables flexibility, resilient and sustainability.
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
Beagle agro-venture was formed by 4 graduates. We were inspired by our parents who engaged in farming to pay for our fees. This was the main source of our livelihood back at home. While working on our parents farms we faced challenges of ready markets. Most of our perishable good got bad, since we just had a 2 times market systems in a week which was not effective. We had poor roads and traveled long distances to the market. The years in which our parents never had ready finance to get seedlings for planting in the next season it became difficult back home. I was to stay back at home for a year. As we are now grown up and educated, we chose to start this initiative, to help both young and old farmers to ensure sustainable livelihood
Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?
Upon recommendation from others