Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?
AP2SF will be implemented through 6 steps: 1) Identification of AP2SF leaders, 2) Identification of the target groups, 3) Identification and documentation of the best sustainable agricultural practices, 4) Practice and evaluation, 5) Designing AP2SF Products, and 6) Diffusion of the AP2SFS Products. So far, we have contacted institutions, including farmers’ organizations and a media edition group. We have a promising support from agricultural extension system and Faculty of Agronomy (University of Parakou). Their technical assistance will help to assessing the impacts of AP2SF and diffusing the products. These actors on the platform AP2SF will enable to scale our solution and yield products to spread across Benin and beyond its borders.
Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?
AP2SF will be managed by BReDA NGO. At BReDA NGO, we have multiple investors both from the public and private sectors. Usually, we also identify with farmers their need, and later on put them as projects to look for investors. We strongly believe that AP2SF will achieve good and measurable results to interest additional investors before the end of it first round.
Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
For 2 years, I worked at the socio-econ. division of the National Agricultural Research System of Benin to design, implement and evaluate research/development projects. I held the position Associate Coordinator of Réseau de Développement d'Agriculture Durable, a network of over 50 farmers’ organizations. In addition to my agronomist (economics and sociology) background, I have gained skills through these illustrative experiences to handle AP2SF.