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FPI-I is all about Agriculture Based Clustering (ABCs), this strategy assists in the implementation of activities that support networking, the use of land, soil management, and the building of strong knowledge-based Agricultural production on high-value Products, HVPs, these are globally demanded, cross-border value chain development, money-making crops, and by-products that establish sustainable livelihoods.
Agriculture means more than growing food—it's a business, it's a career, it’s about growing food sustainably, processing, distributing, managing land and resources, understanding commodity trends, and staying up to date on technology. Whether you enjoy being on the land, working with animals, figuring out logistics, or working in finance, FPI-I's RUAIPP Agriculture and Food Production program can help launch your farming business and career.
FPI-I is implementing the Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program (RUAIPP), a cluster-based farming strategy that was started in the year 2020 and will be implemented up to the year 2030 and beyond in + 46 countries, FPI now boasts of Agriculture Research and Development (R & D) HQ in the USA, this growth has made FPI-I a global solution in the fight against Hunger and Poverty, SDG 1 & 2). Read more>>>>>>
WORKING ON FOOD SYSTEMS TRANSFORMATION:
FPI-I believes that it has an African solution to a successful food system transformation, with the success of this solution depending on how millions of young people, smallholder farmers, and medium-sized agriculture enterprises are mobilized, coordinated, and involved in the reactivation of the agricultural activities that will help change farming practices in Africa as quickly and effectively as possible. For this to happen, agriculture in Africa needs critical enablers, people who can take up the task to bring others into the sector, without this any agricultural transformation is likely to fail.
As a frontline “change agent” supports farming communities in modifying their farming practices, working with country change agents as critical enablers who coordinate their agriculture activities at different levels and stages in communities across Africa, Standing as a go-between to FPI-I and farming communities, these teams have emerged as the changemakers who influence transformation through the FPI-I Rural and Urban farming cluster activities. Our vision and Mission implements a sociocultural approach, believing that day-to-day interaction with farming communities across the world will bring African Agriculture to life.
Building Export-Based Economies:
Agriculture is central to fostering economic growth, reducing poverty, and improving food security in Africa, but Governments should bear in mind that trade policies that act as barriers to imports directly reduce the competitiveness of a country's own agro-food exports by raising input costs.
Goal 2 of the 2030 Agenda sets out to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”. As with other SDGs, realizing this goal will require a multifaceted approach. Ensuring that markets around the world have access to nutritious food requires international trade and cross-border cooperation. With climate change threatening the predictability of harvests and the sustainability of many regional crops, the importance of trade in food commodities may well increase rather than diminish.
FPI-I has developed a 9-year agriculture strategy that unbundles its Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production program (RUAIPP) strategy with its primary focus being on rural and urban development bringing to life youth and women's economic empowerment activities that promote agrifood production. Operating in 46 countries, across 7 continents, FPI-I's strategy brings sustainable solutions to the global food shortages, by promoting agri-food production activities through an African agribusiness model being implemented using a Cluster or block model of Farming, this model is a cheaper and more affordable means of farming that brings life to rural and urban Agriculture using the power of networking farming communities. Cluster farming uses fewer resources for a more significant yield and brings huge incomes at harvest to farming communities, with this model, setting up Knowledge-based Agriculture initiatives in the form of field and on-farm skills that stands as knowledge exchange schools, these are research-based scientific informed activities that bring agroecology systems to life in every rural and urban farming setup, Agroecology systems, a combination of new and traditional agriculture skills and integrates technologies, scientific, indigenous, and other kinds of approaches to inform evidence-based hunger and poverty alleviation solutions, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies that build sustainable food systems.
WHAT ARE THE FOOD SYSTEMS:
Food systems comprise a group of actors and interactions along the food value chain, from input supply and production of crops, livestock, fish, and other agricultural commodities to transportation, processing, retailing, wholesaling, and preparation of foods for consumption and disposal.
The FPI-I program is meant to economically empower the world's rural farming communities through skills and knowledge transfer sessions, and the implementation of self-help initiatives before it invests its financial resources into any communities across the world, these strategies build self-sustainable farming capacity, enhance production, teach after-harvesting handling methods, support processing of crops, and connects them to the world markets for exports, as well as share knowledge on how to manage, protect, and restores soil quality, to improve the world's food production in the face of climate shocks and stressors, contributing to the fight against global poverty eradication
FPI-I has grown from being a small youth farming group that formed itself into an Agriculture department in a Zimbabwean founded Community Based Organization called the New Hope Foundation Zimbabwe in the year 2000, https://newhopezimbabwetrust.wixsite.com/nhz-trust and later became an international NGO called New Hope Foundation Global Network https://nhfg-network.wixsite.com/nhfgn
The current big dream then come to life in the year 2010 when the Executive President and founder of FPI-I organized a skills and knowledge exchanges project between China and Zimbabwe dubbed the People to people skills and cultural exchange, this exchange was co-organized by China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CINIE), Beijing NGO Association for International Exchanges, Chinese Universities and other smaller Chinese NGOs who conducted a three days training of trainers workshop for 250 farmers from Zimbabwe's 10 provinces, the training included fieldwork as well as an HIV & AIDS awareness campaign amongst the farming communities.
In September 2015 the dream of making FPI-I a stand-alone organization came to life through its first pilot agriculture project in Eastern Cape, a province of the Republic of South Africa. In 2019, four years after its inception, FPI-I started agriculture projects in other countries as well as the exporting of its agro products to countries like China, the UK, France, and South America through free trade zones on the Belt and Silk Road initiatives.
Today FPI-I has now grown from being a Zimbabwe-funded NGO to having a presence in +46 countries on 7 continents across the world and has moved its HQ to Botswana, with satellite HQs in the USA, the UK, Tanzania, and South Africa, this decision was taken in the year 2019, as it embarks on massive high-value crops farming activities' rollout across the world.
PRESENT IN: 45 COUNTRIES
We envision the Building of Agriculture-Based Cluster (ABCs) communities, where rural and urban people, young, women, and the elderly are mobilized, trained, networked, and economically empowered to establish agrifood production & processing units, as well as free trade export zone facilities, practicing Agroecology Transformative Agroecology-Based Alternatives for a Sustainable and Biodiverse Future
Support the setting up of well-structured sustainable farming communities that promote and improve the use and management of soil and farmland, integrating technology in the production of safe, healthy, and nutritious food, building knowledge-based agriculture, export-based economies that are vibrant, productive, and networked, for job creation, using acceptedble and flexible innovations.
Our work is guided and informed by research and development, traditional skills, knowledge, and our beliefs and commitments to Rural Development, Urban and Peri-urban Farming Economic Empowerment, Inclusivity, Financial and material Accountability, Courage, and above all respect for people's rights, peace Harmony, and the value of cultural diversity.
FPI-I's Agriculture Based Cluster farming strategy is an approach to agriculture that seeks to establish Agribusiness ventures in Africa by promoting agri-food production activities through the mobilization of farmers and non-farming communities to actively participate in learning how to use their soil, and management, skills, as well as production of Globally demanded high-value, cross-boarder value chain development crops, after-harvest handling, processing, domestic market distribution, and international exporting.
This will create jobs along the respective Agriculture Product value chains that will build sustainable family economies and stabilize national economies. For this to happen, people must be made aware of the economic benefits of agriculture, assist in starting backyard and rural farming projects that will make them realize its economic benefits, promote the growth of high-value globally demanded, value chain development crops, work on getting better yields for better incomes
The projects are done through self-help micro-financing initiatives and venture capital investments, in which FPI-I will own 30% of each cluster/block farming project share for a period of 5 years, this will enhance massive crop production start-up of community processing projects, this arrangement is arrived at after two successive harvesting by a group of farming (Clusters). After achieving its mission, FPI-I will then support the processing and exportation of all high-value globally demanded, cross-border, money-making by-products. Read more>>>>>>>
By December 2025:
Having invested in cluster farming models, networked 5-10 million farming communities across the world, and economically empowered youth, women, and men in the production of high-value globally demanded cross-border, money-making agriculture activities.
By December 2027:
Having 4,600,000 profitable operational clusters/block agriculture-based agrifood businesses that promote the growth of rural economies emerging as farms and small businesses working closely together, pooling resources and advocating as a group on the issues that matter to them.
By December 2029:
Poverty eradication projects are visible in 43 countries with 25% of women, aged 19 to 65 years & 35% of girls, aged 6 to 18 years, 15% of boys, aged 6 to 18 years, and 15% of youths, aged 19 to 35 Years and 10% men aged 35 to 65 years actively participating in each project.
By December 2030:
200 thousand Processing and free trade export zones are established in many African countries to promote cross-border trade on Globally demanded high-value crops
Build a strong Global, diverse agriculture network by engaging qualified and non-qualified farms and non-farming Rural and Urban farmers to start backyard and small-scale farming projects.
Fund the establishment of 100 000 agrifood production activities in 46 countries through equity and venture capital investments and support self-help microfinancing for rural sustainable agriculture activities
Build capacities of 100 000 partners and implement partners in 46 countries involved in agrifood production.
Strengthen the financial sustainability of projects in 46 countries by implementing an agribusiness model for all FPI activities.
Clustering farmers to build strong knowledge-based agriculture production units, of high-value products, that are globally demanded, cross border, value chain development, money-making crops, with by-products that establish sustainable livelihoods, and support Agriculture as a business, implementing farming activities that adopt new and traditional Agriculture innovations, bringing to life proper management of the soil, social progress, and peace through the creation of jobs and upscaling family incomes, integrating poverty groups, women, young people and the unemployed into farming clusters and self-help groups, investing in research and development, for enhanced crop production, processing, packaging, and distribution, re-organizing family units, communities and national economies along the agriculture value chains while recognizing gender equality and upholding human rights in the world's fragile states while assisting in building export-based economies. Read more>>>
Our mission shall be won through the implementation of a Rural & Urban agriculture innovative production program, (RUIAPP) this program aims to build knowledge-based sustainable Agri-food production and exports units through the setting up of urban and rural agriculture clusters and business linkages using self-help microfinance credit facilities to sustain the objectives of the program, assisting FPI-I to achieve its obligations in sustainable agriculture development through:
Having enough financial and technical support and partnerships that will sustain the projects.
Having enough human capital: Read more on (Human Capital for African Agriculture)
Having Experienced and seasoned extension staff, facilitators, trainers, and coaches,
Having innovative, supportive, respected, caring, motivated, and highly qualified personnel;
Having technologically developed workspaces;
Having high quality technologically advanced instructional and research facilities; and
Having the engagement and support of the communities, the industry, and other stakeholders.