Young Farmers Resouce Center

Young Farmers Resouce Center

Bensenville, LiberiaMonrovia, Liberia
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

An agriculture farming business that is use as a demonstration site to provide agribusiness skills training to disadvantage youth at risks; includes (ex-combatants, youth Living Street and ghettos life, under age female sex workers) for them to use the skills to create their own small farm business.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The 14 years civil war in Liberia affected mainly many young people in local communities and led to low literacy rates with few income generation ventures for these young people. The Disarmament Demobilization Re-integration Re- settlement program (DDRR) did not complete its Re-integration and Re- settlement component. This has left participants venerable to violence which threatens the peace and security of Liberia and the region.

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

Young Farmers’ Resource Center is a vegetable, Cassava and animal farming business that is use as an Agro demonstration site to provide agribusiness skills training to disadvantage young people including (ex-combatants, young people living street life and ghettos life, young female sex workers and other war affected youth) for them to use the skills to create their own small farm business to become sustainable and also provide income to these young people directly from sell of produces growth on the Farm; it also create awareness on the importance of the Agribusiness for youth self employment and help in re-unit these disadvantage youth with their family and community members.
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. Produce 1000 copies of IEC Materials to create awareness on Agribusiness for youth self- empowerment and food security. 2. Establish one Young Farmers' Resource Center and functional, recruit 1000 disadvantage youth (40% male and 60% female) and train them in Agribusiness Farming business skills and also provide income to these young people directly from sell of produces growth on the Farm. 3. Provide a start-u package for trainees after the training, help to locate lands for trainees to use for the establishment of 5 groups farms to generate income and become sustainable 4. Products growth from the farms will be sold on the local market, restaurants, and super markets to generate income.
Sustainability

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

Yes, The government, local NGOs and others International NGOS are working in the same direction. This approach is unique because skills learned through the Young Farmers Resource Center activities will help to improve the economic growth of young people and drive them into getting more interested in growing what they can eat.
About You
Organization:
COMMUNITY YOUTH NETWORK PROGRAM,CYNP.INC
About You
First Name

JUNIOR

Last Name

TOE

About Your Project
Organization Name

COMMUNITY YOUTH NETWORK PROGRAM,CYNP.INC

Organization Country

, MS, Monrovia

Country where this project is creating social impact

, MS, Bensenville

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Your Solution
Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I am a Liberian, a youth leader, 29 years of ages, working as a volunteer social worker, entrepreneur and human right advocate; I have nine years of working experience in these fields from 2004 up to present.
One of the five top finalists of ONE AFRICA AWARD 2010
Country Award winner of EDUCATING AFRICA Pan-African Awards for
Entrepreneurship 2008 and 2012
Fellow Dell Social Innovation Summer Lab 2012
My interest in helping to develop young people to become the best future leaders lead me to create this opportunity.

Select Sector(s): To which of Unilever's categories of sustainability does your solution apply?

Nutrition, Sustainable Agriculture, Smallholder Farmers.

Measurable Impact
Audience: Who have you identified as your customers/recipients and why? How will you get your solution to them or engage them in your initiative?

1000 disadvantage youth between ages 15-35 years (40% male/ 60%) female living in local communities. Customers are local marketers, restaurants, and super markets and they will be recruited by Radio and Community awareness, peer to peer engagement.
Other beneficiaries:
10,000 Community dwellers (male, female and children): by providing them food and jobs for sustainability.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

a. The Number of young people mobilized and recruited to be train.
b. One Young Farmers Resource Center Created available and functional and providing training to disadvantage youth on best farming method.
c. Helping to reduce national dependency on imported food.
d. Creating employment opportunity for young people.
e. Creating self-sustainable career-liner for less skilled individuals.
f. Helping to reduce the risk of return to violence.
g. Increasing productivity and also reducing high cost of local farm products.
h. Creating more market for young farmers and stepping up income.

Growth, Finance & Leadership
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?

The Young Farmers Resource Center pilot project success stories, evaluation reports and final report created from the implementations will be used to develop a project that with be implemented in the balance 11 counties in Liberia in the next two (2) Years.

The project team will invite local government institutions to join the project and contribute additional fund to the project activities and will also create partnership with other donors that already have funding for such project to share.

Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?

The agriculture products from the Young Farmers Resource Center which includes vegetable, cassava and its cottons, animal include goats and chicken will be sold and funding used to sustain the project.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

we run a Back to School Garden Competition 2013 Pilot Project which is ongoing in Grand Bassa County among twenty (20) selected schools. The project aims to re-awaken agriculture activities in schools and provide ago-entrepreneurship skills to young people. This will help them become sustainable while in school and after graduation. Under this project we have established 20 schools gardens.

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