Agri-YouthVest (AYV)

Agri-YouthVest (AYV): Investing in Sustainable Youth-Led Agricultural Projects

Harare, ZimbabweHarare, Zimbabwe
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Tremendous inefficiencies (capital, knowledge capacity, management expertise & friendly marketing environments) continue to draw back sustainable productivity of Zimbabwean youths in agriculture, particularly horticulture. I aim to address these challenges by way of an institute (Agri-YouthVest).

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if the under-resourced youth agricultural community was resourced, to pilot self-replicable sustainable horticultural enterprises?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Unemployment, the knowledge gap, lack of capital and youth marginalization in national development. The majority of the nation's youth being conferred to agrarian communities, these pose a great challenge and a bleak sustainable future for youth. All these continue to weigh youth productivity down because Zimbabwe lacks the institutionalization that will ensure sustainability of agricultural projects, that they cease being once-off objects.

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

A youth-led, youth-targeting horticultural institution has to be implemented with a mission to furnish youth with resources they lack to make them sustainable producers of high value horticultural produce. Resources will be availed to youth from the institution via win-win partnerships that are focused on a financial base expansion to target more marginalized youths. This way, the project will also counter-tackle unemployment by initiating replicable youth agricultural enterprises, initially creating sustainable self-employment projects that will later expand into cooperatives, creating employment. With time, the project will also take as its responsibility to drive for amenities to existing and enforcing of new youth friendly policies.
Impact: How does it Work

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

Zimbabwe is much dependent on rain-fed crop production which has proven to be sustainably challenged. Producer prices of these agronomic crops have labelled agriculture a non-viable a venture in Zimbabwe yet we are an agrarian country. Tobacco production, the most viable enterprise around continues to deplete at tremendous levels forestry biomass (deforestation to obtain wood to cure tobacco) during an era when climate-friendly agriculture is a need. Horticulture on the other hand continues to be overlooked but has prospects to re-map the country among the strong agrarian forces of Africa. As a new venture of proved sustainability, it becomes a strong competitor with the tobacco industry for new entrants and a rectifier to deforestation.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

To date, the project still remains in the IDEA phase and no pilot project has been implemented. However, a social move has been put in place to drive as well as survey the appreciation of the project in the local community (https://www.facebook.com/hailrad). A financial challenge continues to weigh down on advertisement and promotion required to expand the outreach.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The initial spread strategy forward is to apply for a grant to increase the outreach of the social media simultaneously with an application of seed funds to pilot the initial institution. Once implemented, by way of intensive crop production by the institution and with returns from monetary resources availed to youths on loan basis, the institution will project to reach a minimum of 10000 youths around the country in the course of five years availing different forms of resources. Initial expansion will be by replication of the pilot project after every 3 years in the region where lack is most.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

By way of having institutionalized and formalized the venture to meet the local company act requirements, the project will open diverse revenue streams which combined with field production work at the institution will sustain the solution. Having been certified as a taxpayer, the solution also becomes eligible to obtain repayable grants available locally, an option which this researcher does not forecast to be considered for this solution.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The Young Farmers' Club of Zimbabwe Farmer's Union addresses the same problem but its duties require to be complemented. This is by far the closest to this project, and this project will deviate by way of availing resources beyond just knowledge, taking the custodian role throughout production and marketing of produce will set the two far apart. Limited to only horticultural production guarantees that the attention to this avenue is maximized. Special attention to climate change and grooming producers under the banner of sustainable human development makes it unique.
Team

Founding Story

Basic and inefficient curing technologies for tobacco in the ever-expanding tobacco industry continue to be used accounting for above 15% deforestation occurring around the country yearly, with the statistics increasing. Youths are involved directly or indirectly in this degradation conundrum yet at their exposure is an environmentally friendly and more profitable facet, horticulture. These potential entrants along with those already in horticultural production face tremendous productivity necessities which have to be met in a sustainably at the same time driving sustainable human development (SHD), alleviating poverty and creating a friendly operational climate for marginalized youth in the underdeveloped agrarian communities of Zimbabwe.

Team

At the moment, the IDEA is still under a one-man-team management. The initial plan once funds to pilot are in place is to bring aboard an agricultural economic strategist, a rural development strategist, along with an administrator. Including the founder (me), expert in horticultural production & SHD enthusiast, the four-member team will map the piloting of the project. Human resource management and others will kick in when resourcing starts.
About You
Organization:
Thermal Agriculture
About You
First Name

Sayid Ngonidzashe

Last Name

Kativu

About Your Project
Organization Name

Thermal Agriculture

How long has your organization been operating?

Project
Organization Country

Zimbabwe, MC, Harare

Country where this project is creating social impact

Zimbabwe, MC, Harare

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Customers.

Supplemental
Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

None yet, solution yet to be implemented

Tell us about your partnerships
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Funds to implement the pilot project might hinder the project. The changemaker plans to seek funding and aid from NGOs, investors and other organizations that share mutually the vision of developing the operating environment for youths in agriculture.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

Developmental packages tailored by the project institution based on communal subscriptions will see to it that a community of youths pursuing horticultural enterprises will have different yet complementary and synergistic skills through which they will upraise and develop their communities.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Mentorship, Rural Economies.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

Not Applicable - yet! (we are at the idea stage or start-up)

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

Fewer than 10

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Create Role Model Connections: ensure mentors are accessible, relatable, and committed

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Lack of youth empowerment

Comments

Dennis Gaboury's picture

Hello! At first glance I think your problem and solution statements need to be re-written to be more specific. They are too over-arching. Bring it down to individuals, their challenges and solutions that talk in plain language what you want to do. People in general want to be able to relate to your beneficiaries and are not naturally interested in "National" development - leaving that up to governments. Can you give it another try and let me see?