Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
We reach subsistence farmers that are part of a Farmers Organization and have limited access to modern farming resources. A high-tech agric package is provided on loan, so that they can farm their land following sustainable practices, increasing their income 4x. We purchase the beans and take them to our oil press. This oil is sold in the market. The protein-cake is distributed on loan to farmers to feed their chicken and produce eggs. We buy 95% of their production, which we distribute in the cities; the rest is consumed by farmers, increasing their protein consumption. They store the manure safely, which we collect twice a year to distribute to rice farmers, used as fertilizer to increase their rice output, surplus that can be sold to us
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Farmer’ income raises 4x and crop risk is diversified, while soil nutrition is enhanced by the crop rotation. Soybeans require less water, enabling a second season during the dries. In the rains, farmers farm rice under another project sponsored by us. Soy generates a farmer 1,800$ in revenue, with 800$ of cost. The use of chicken manure as nitrogen fertilizer increases rice production 50%, with a value of 200$. This added to their previous income yields a total income of 1,600$, twice the country's GDP per capita. Egg production generates, a different set of farmers, an income of 1,000$ p.a. Soy oil is sold 30% cheaper than imported palm oil and protein cake 40% cheaper than imported feed. These have a potential to substitute over 200M$ of imports in the long run. The availability of cheaper eggs, chicken and soya oil significantly increases the consumption of protein and OMEGA-6.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Farmers are used to grow under-fed chicken and farm rice for own consumption. When soya farming is proven and their income increased, the system will be replicated through FAO ran Farmers Organisations, impacting 5,000 household. Mid-term, the Government will be able to impose duties on imported foods, increasing its revenue, as it will be able to rely on local production. Additionally, protein consumption in rural Sierra Leone will increase, fundamental for a healthy diet and a key step for development. Finally, a success story in profitable farming shall attract much needed foreign investmen