Youth Unemployment Reduction Through Cooperative Farm Management System

All year production of fruits and vegetable using good agricultural practise coupled with irrigation system in Africa dry lands

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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

Entrepreneur Youth Co-op

Year founded

2013

Initiative stage

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

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $10k - $50k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 100 - 250

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: City

1 Balogun Street, Ago Amodu, Saki East LGA of Oyo State.
Ibadan

Location(s) of impact

Ibadan, Lagos, Ilorin, Oshogbo, Akure, etc

Facebook URL

www.facebook.com/entrepreneuryouthmultipurposecooperative

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Reduce mass youth employment by working on the farm to produce food crops that fetch income for the participants.
Reduction in terminal health sickness by the production of organic fruits and vegetables for homes
Assurance of access to food both in droughts and rainy period due to use of irrigation system supplying water to crop.
Protection of the environment and the biosystem by integrated farm activities

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

The target is to increase production by bringing in more youth into the system. The demand for our fruits and vegetable produce is high. The capacity to meet the demand need to be expand. Increasing production activities will includes expanding the farm production area. Eg we have been using an hectare farm land which can be increased to 10 hectares production which automatically means more income generated and more youth farmer network creation

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

We have created employment as farm managers for youths that we trained on agribusiness.
We have been providing healthy fruits and vegetables to reduce and sometimes cured some diseases.
We have erase the notion that some crops can not grow in our geographical area by demonstrating and selling the produce eg brocolli
We have introduce healthy diets to households.
We have impacted in so many the need to use what we have to produce our food organically. Eg Neem extract azadiractine, an organic and natural oil is very effective at controlling pest on vegetables instead of using synthethic pesticide that causes hazard to the soil and human.
Our project has introduced composting of livestock manure to be use as fertilizer instead of synthethic chemicals.
Sunflower, usually thought to be a weed is known to be a good source of rejuvenating the soil has been introduce to our communities

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

The project we have been supported by earned income from ..
1. Token from the practical agribusiness training that comes up every other month
2. Fruits and vegetables produce on the farm during the training session
3. Other agricultural product sale like neem oil, horticultural spray, basil spray, all insecticide produce on our farm

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

It differs because we produce varieties of exotic healthy vegetables to supply directly to end users

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

Following my grandfather to farm when i visit the village make me realise despite not having funds, the rural dwellers can afford what they want because they grow almost everything on their farm. That spark some curiosity considering that i have graduated with a second class upper in geology for years and still roaming the street for employment.
" What if i sow some seed? I asked myself. It will germinate to give me multiple of what i sow with what i have asked my grandfather.
" Can i do this alone? I thought. Considering that my grandpa is old and retiring from farm.
So i called on some of my friends.
Lets go farm. And the snag. We have no fund to start. So we call on so many other friend of friends to start the cooperative

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

  • Upon recommendation from others

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Yinka  Is well known to me through the social Media and witnesses. I got to know her and her organization by the results they have and I must say here that, though the level of impact made it their current level might not be stated here, it's very great, cos, they are training on the farm practically with hands on experience and they are not just farming, they are farming organically and each of the successful trainees will go on to multiply these impact.

Two things Nigeria need now, is more involvement of the youth in Agriculture with the aim of lessening poverty and attaining food security, and also, a deep focus on nutrition and health as the average life expectancy of Nigerians are dropping by the day
With so much increase in sickness such as cancer etc. in Nigeria, which has been attributed to synthetic chemical content consumption in foods and generally poor food quality.

This is what enterprise youth coop are doing through vegetables and fruit production as led by Yinka and my organisation is doing through Fortified Foods Initiative .
I'm also aware of their current effort to attain global GAP certifications standards to aid export of these products for the benefit of other countries

While I know that the project is financially sustainable One thing I'll suggest is that they get into more partnerships and possibly increase the other components of the integrated farm model such as Animal husbandry for more funds and for scaling Up purposes.

Thanks.
Fortified Foods Initiative