Help Achieve Food Security in Africa

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Help Achieve Food Security in Africa

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Project Summary
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Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

1. Establish a sustainable Agricultural development program to put a community on the path to self-sufficiency where citizens can achieve their full potential.

2. Provide modern farming equipment, education and organizational assistance to farmers of Zambakro,( region of Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire ) to increase sustainable food production.

About Project

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

D.Program activities 1.The program will form an alliance that brings together landowners and farmers to create a support system, 2. Establish management programs that will assist the co-op in developing and implementing logistical tools to increase sustainable food production. Local institutions such as the Centre National de Recherche Agricole (CNRA) will assist in researching water and soil conditions, as well as providing ecological benchmarking on crop rotation and seasonal crop planning. We will then be able to set production benchmarks for all program participants, manage production against seed utilization, fuel consumption and total land area developed during the crop season. The partnership will also enable us to, independently and more effectively, plan the conditions of program expansion to neighboring communities, region and other countries as a step to long term self-sufficiency. 3. The initial alliance will consist of 100 farmers to develop 2000 acres of land with crops such as rice, corn and soybeans. The management team will ensure that donated farming equipments are equally shared among program participants. We will set production benchmarks for all program participants and provide assistance necessary for their achievement. 4. The program will require each participant to offer one employment position for every 5 acres of land area,
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

1. Empower 100 farmers in the first year 2. create 400 employement position 3. development of 2000 acres of land will producce 4,200 metric tons of rice for the community. 4. the expansion plan will increase these datas on yearly basis.
About You
Organization:
INTERANTIONAL AGRO-ALLIANCE, INC
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About You
First Name

Kone

Last Name

Abdoulaye

Your Organization

INTERANTIONAL AGRO-ALLIANCE, INC

Country
About Your Organization
Organization Name

INTERANTIONAL AGRO-ALLIANCE, INC

Organization Phone

877.292.3921

Organization Address

173 NW 89 ST Miami, FL 33150

Organization Country

, FL, Miami-Dade County

Organization Type

Non-profit/NGO/Citizen-sector Organization

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Your solution
Country your work focuses on

, YAM

If multiple countries, please list them here. If your solution targets an entire region, please select it below

Future expansion plan to Liberia, Guinee and Sierra Leone

Region(s) your solution focuses on:

Africa.

Range of turnover in your target firms, in USD

Less than $1 Million.

Average turnover in USD of your target firm

812,000

Number of employees in your target firms

5-24.

Average number of employees of your target firm

20 created by IAA and 400 employment positions create by the co-op of 100 farmers.

Specify the size, average and range of expected loans or investments in each target firm

Our sustainable Agricultural development program requires a budget of 812,000 can come from loan programs or public funding. In either case our program is designed to be self-sustained because of the program proceeds.

What stage is your solution in?

Idea phase

Innovation
How does your proposed innovation leverage public intervention in catalyzing private SME finance?

E. Program outcomes

1. By developing 2000 acres of lands we will produce 4200 metric tons of rice for the local community (Based upon the current Statistics, the yield of rice per acre is 2100 kg in Sub-Saharan Africa). Each program participant will average 20 acres of land or more (this is common in the area.).This will help achieve food security,

2. Empower 100 farmers during our first crop season.

3. Create 400 jobs. Each farmer will provide one employment position for every five acres of land area, creating an average of four jobs X 100. This will help attract young working individuals back to an economically revitalizing area, and develop a solid path to hunger and poverty eradication throughout the region.

4. IAA will set contractual agreement with all participants to address the following:
a. Achieve a production benchmark of 90% yield per acre of any selected crop.
b. Mandatory participation to all educational workshops with agricultural experts.
c. Support program expansion plan to other communities, regions and countries.

5. IAA will provide and manage all supplies and modern agricultural equipment (tractors, plows, seed planters and harvesters) including high yield seeds and crops

Up to 50% of the total production from each farmer will be jointly managed with IAA to be sold in local markets, neighboring regions making food available and affordable. Some of the proceeds will be used to maintain existing equipment and acquire additional equipment in an effort to expand the program to other farmers in neighboring communities, regions and countries.

The program will continue to create jobs, empower farmers as it expands, enable citizens to achieve food sufficiency, improve their living conditions, develop schools, basic care facilities and reduce vulnerability to malaria and other diseases related to living conditions.

What barriers does your proposed solution address?

Specific barriers to fragile and weak states.

If you checked any of these barriers, describe how your solution addresses them

IAA understands that in order to achieve the goal of ending extreme poverty and hunger worldwide, industrialized nations must re-think ways to help developing countries progress.

Sadly, in many cases, international aid never reaches those in direct need. Therefore, IAA is committed to creating grassroots movements with economic opportunity build from the bottom up by means of developed consortiums and empowerment.

Its founder Kone Abdoulaye, a native of Cote d’Ivoire, inspired IAA’s mission of “Planting seeds of hope today, for a better tomorrow and transforming the continent of Africa from “secular recipients” to “global contributors”.

Impact
Provide empirical evidence of your proposed solution's success/impact at present. If your project is in the idea phase, please provide evidence that speaks to its potential impact

In order to ensure that the project is successful and that there is full utilization of its resources, IAA will perform monthly audits. These audits will be comprised of an assessment of short-term and long-term goals, expenditure usage, mitigated risk, production position, inventory assessments, and usage/waste/loss report and resource utilization.

By using Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to perform evaluations on the soil, water, livestock and participants; IAA will have the necessary information needed to make strategic decisions on how to get the most out the resources provided to us.

The best-known method of determining the success of IAA’s efforts is by identifying the impact that our efforts make with those we are seeking to help. In some cases we may be able to measure the success of our efforts by the correspondence from neighboring landowners to participate with IAA.

IAA will provide up to date records on its website so that contributors can see how their resources and funds are being utilized, thus promoting a transparent environment with accurate accountability. We will submit a project report upon the completion of the 2011/12 fiscal year, and we will provide an audited financial statement of the income and expenditure related to the grant by an independent certified public accountant as documentation that the grant money is spent on the purposes for which it was provided.

How many firms do you expect to reach?

As many as possible.

What is the volume of private SME finance you aim to catalyze?

$500,000

What time frame will be required to reach these targets?

In year, the project will achieve its initial goal with 100 farmers. Additional equipment will be added to expand the program to an additional 100 farmers, creating 400 additional employment positions.

Does your solution seek to have an impact on public policy?

No

What would prevent your solution from being a success?

Most of leaders in African countries are also involved in rice importation from foreign countires. It is a very lucrative investment. It production localy to cut into such investment can become an issue.

Sustainability
List all the funding sources that are required for the sustainability of this solution

Local fundraising events and foundations for just the initial funding.

Demonstrate how your proposed solution has the capacity to graduate from dependence on public finance. What is the time frame?

Up to 50% of the total production from each farmer will be jointly managed with IAA to be sold in local markets, neighboring regions making food available and affordable. Some of the proceeds will be used to maintain existing equipment and acquire additional equipment in an effort to expand the program to other farmers in neighboring communities, regions and countries.

The program will continue to create jobs, empower farmers as it expands, enable citizens to achieve food sufficiency, improve their living conditions, develop schools, basic care facilities and reduce vulnerability to malaria and other diseases related to living conditions.
IAA only needs the initial funding.

Demonstrate how your proposed solution will survive a potential loss of its largest private funding source

A prolong drought ( lack of rain) can result in a loss. However, the scenario is unlikely. The chosen local is located next to a larger river, which will serve as an irrguation resource.

Please tell us what kind of partnerships, if any, could be critical to the greater success and sustainability of your innovation

Full financial resources will lead to faster success. The greater, the resources, the quicker we will expand. Sub-Saharan African countries import more than 50% of their food from foreign countries often not affordable.

Are there non-financial issues that could threaten the sustainability of your proposed solution?

Absolutely not.

Please tell us if your proposed solution aims to scale up through a high growth sector, expand immediately to multiple sectors, and/or scale up geographically

IAA's proposed project aims to scale up geagraphically as well as into multi-sector. The livestock development lunched in 2007 continue to serve local citizen as adequate source of protein. However our ability to make further investment in that area will depend on our success in basic food production.