Sun-zel Biihi Farms and Services

Sun-zel Biihi Farms and Services: Agric-hubs

Accra, GanaAll regions will benefit, Gana
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

We are offering to bring all parties in the agriculture value-chain (cereal) to a common place (an enclave) where farmers will be guaranteed of all the services they require to produce the highest quality products, and consumers assured of the availability of quality products for use.

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

What if there was a single hub with all players in the agriculture (cereals) value chain providing services such as technical support services, business advisory services, certified inputs sales, Improved storage systems and market access
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Subsistence farming is bedeviled with low soil fertility, unavailability of agro-inputs, access to improved seed varieties, poor or inadequate technical and extension services, poor yield, post-harvest losses, and marketing. The agro-input companies only setup in the market centres mostly far from the average farmer’s reach (with an associated costs build-up). And the implements and tractor companies also do not see the business need

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

We want to provide a single centre (enclave) where the farmer will get all their needs, including technology training, and services from the inception to the finish product - enhancing the benefit of synergy and increase value in the agriculture value-chain, as well as ensuring sustainable businesses along the chain. And also strengthen where the value-chain is weak the most whilst bringing all the services and their providers to a single point, firstly to provide a common market centre; enhance competition and quality of services and products; and also to provide buffer zones for food security.

Awards

Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program Benefciary
Impact: How does it Work

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

75% of the world's poor are into agriculture and live in remote rural areas where, not all their farm produce can withstand the vagaries of the weather if left with the same local producers, who for one reason or another cannot afford preservants and reliance on local preservation methods can only take them so far. Sung-Zel Biihi hope to create food security and buffer zones along the strategic agricultural zones of Ghana, namely Accra plains; Afram plains; Western corridor (Prestea-Bogoso); Brong Ahafo and Ashanti (Ejura) area; Tamale, Navrongo and Wa – Funsi area, seeking to quantify financial returns from improvements over the status quo (e.g., reduced transport costs due to the strategic and centralized location, reduced losses from imp

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

These facilities will enahnce the safety and hygeine of the food we consume; The transportation industry vis-a-vis the agriculture sector will witness alot of improvement since the points from where foodstuffs and other agricultural produces will be picked for redistribution will be better accesible, regularised. Government(s) can now monitor the buffer situation from time to time, generate streams of revenues from the various activities undertaken from these single-point one-stop-shop facilities dubbed 'farmers' market'. Poor infrastructure like roads, transportation, and storage facilities which lead to waste and limit opportunities for farmers to sell their crops will gradually become history. Globally, grains and/or cereals are common staples consumed in almost every household daily and other livestock farmers depend on these products for the survival of their business

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

Year1-Securing the mandate of the farmer, other stakeholders and government, Identifying Markets and Potential Customers. Year2–Segmentation of services and products, Start of first prototype in two or three of the identified strategic sites base on milestones for year 1. Year3–Engaging market players (local and international) to form strategic alliances, and benchmarking of products for uniformity in cross-border transactions. Year4–Implementation of second phase of prototype to cover more geographical area and also meet the market demands resulting from the three year milestones.
Sustainability

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

We are relying on the novelty of our idea and the fact that our business intervention(s) will only concentrate on the core needs and demand driven services of each location. Our pricing will depend on the range of services we offer in each location and the kind of alliance we are able to come to with strategic partners either on the ground already or looking to be part of the success story.

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

Current companies buy what the farmer produces and re-sell it, provide farm inputs and services and recover during harvest, provision of technical and extension training to farmers, provision of storage facilities, credit in kind (improved seed varieties and inputs), provision of tractor and equipment services. Albeit in a haphazard nature, which exposes the farmer and consumer to all manner of social, economic and health risks.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

internet

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Board
Yonni Kulendi
Yoofi Grant
Dr. Braimah
Joe Faalong
Ahmed-Salim Abubakar
CEO – Ahmed-Salim Abubakar
Managing Director – Mr Ibrahim Maakajia
General Manager, Produce and Technology – Hamid Bakolo
GM, Customer Service – Bariksu Jangu
Project Manager – Ibrahim Salim
Warehouse Manager – Omar Sanda Abubakar

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Wayne Dunn - Mentor
President & Founder, CSR Training Institute
Professor of Practice in Corporate Social Responsibility, McGill University / ISID
www.csrtraininginstitute.com
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