We have a source of Ecosystems both biotic as well as abiotic.
Farmer's Pride International (FPI) is a youth-focused International Non-Profit Agriculture Organisation with a presence in 40 countries across 7 continents. FPI is implementing agroecology systems in agriculture innovations for food systems transformation basing its program's achievement on using new and traditional knowledge, technologies, scientific, indigenous and other kinds to inform evidence-based solutions for sustainable food systems through an ecosystem approach.
The FPI program is meant to protect, restore and improve the world's food systems in the face of climate shocks and stressors, contributing to the global poverty eradication scale using diverse, well-integrated agroecological systems that can promote greater carbon sequestration, and increase the resilience of livelihoods monitoring climate change and providing climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions.
With its vision and mission aimed at supporting the growing world population with food, FPI's work focus is on both urban and rural farming cluster development, empowering smallholder farmers to grow and feed the world, using agribusiness strategies that promote the development of the agriculture value chains, from production, processing, packaging, and distribution as a pathway to long-running sustainable development.
FPI coordinates its unique global agricultural business model using cluster farming and microfinance self-help credit schemes as strategies to promote the program's sustainability. Working on goals derived from its strategic framework, FPI hopes to support the achievement of the UN's sustainable development goals and food systems transformation by investing its resources in both urban and rural farming projects across the world.
FPI offers a holistic and inclusive approach to agricultural innovation that it takes as a vital enabler of food systems transformation and agricultural innovations, it leads to improvements in collaboration and involvement of vulnerable groups, creating partnerships and ecosystems, making the best use of data, as well as incorporating new and traditional knowledge and technologies.
HOW WE CAME ABOUT:
FPI has grown from being a small youth farming group in 2010 that formed itself into an Agriculture department in a Zimbabwean founded Community Based Organisation called the New Hope Foundation Zimbabwe, https://newhopezimbabwetrust.wixsite.com/nhz-trust which later became an international NGO called New Hope Foundation Global Network https://nhfg-network.wixsite.com/nhfgn
It all started in 2010 when the Executive President and founder of FPI organised a skills and knowledge exchanges project between China and Zimbabwe dubbed the people to people skills and cultural exchange, this exchange was co-organised 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 a stand-alone organisation 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 started agriculture projects in other countries as well as the exporting of its membership agro products to countries like China, the UK, France and South America through free trade zones on belt and Silk Road initiatives.
Today FPI has now grown from being a Zimbabwe founded NGO to having a presence in 40 countries in 7 continents across the world and has moved its HQ to Botswana, with satellite HQs in the USA, the UK, Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa, this decision was taken on as Botswana is now embarking on a massive Agriculture production rollout.
PRESENT IN: 40 COUNTRIES
We envision a just world where rural and urban young people and women are treated equally, involved and networked to promote transformative agriculture that promotes climate resilience and mitigation for food systems transformation, building global communities that are universally prosperous and beautiful.
Soils that are outlandishly healthy and productive.
Biodiversity within our managed systems is abundant and flourishing.
The water, mineral, and energy cycles are functioning to their maximum potential.
Communities are able to provide for their own needs locally and feeding the world is no longer a necessary concern, being sensitive to gender, equality and equity, with respect and putting a value on local knowledge innovations and upholding human rights.
To work with other development partners, and international governments in building global agroecological farming communities in urban and rural areas where citizens are taught to understand soil use, management, and restoration with equal and sufficient economic and social opportunities to improve their standards of living, contributing productively towards the overall development of their families, communities and countries, sustaining their Agriculture projects through Micro-financing Self-help groups for sustainable and equitable food systems.
Supporting accountability and sustainable farming methods that promote and improve the use of technology in the production of safe healthy and nutritious food, while workers are treated with respect, animals are treated humanely, and vibrant communities are maintained through creativity, using flexible innovations.
Our work is guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to Human Empowerment, Inclusivity, Financial and material Accountability, Peace and Harmony, Courage, and above all we respect people's rights, value cultural diversity and are committed to equality for all through promoting good governance.
FPI AGRICULTURE PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
FPI's Agroecology in Agriculture approach seeks to promote food systems transformation through better yields and balanced nutrition through investing in crop production and processing, as well as creating domestic and international markets for producers, preserving healthy ecosystems, and building on traditional knowledge and customs for sustainable food systems.
The above projects enables FPI to implement several agricultural activities that encourage and promote food systems transformation such as urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural practices, including— • community gardens and farms located in urban areas, suburbs, and urban clusters; • rooftop farms, outdoor vertical production, and green walls; • indoor farms, greenhouses, and high-tech vertical technology farms; • hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farm facilities; and • other innovations in agricultural production, suitable for rural areas such as agroforestry and food forests.
The Agroecology activities support “agriculture as a business” with an operative model that enables the achievement of sustainable rural development through the following objectives:
Building strategic partnerships to enable capacity building for rural farmers on ecological management, which includes soil use, management and restoration.
Organising smallholder producers into clusters for them to benefit from arrangements that include; access to markets, technical information, inputs and micro-finance; improved bargaining power; higher prices and lower costs,
Increase in the economic and financial dividends of sustainable agro-entrepreneurship. (Seeking to make all dividends more accessible to a larger population in rural areas)
Promote transparency and accountability by implementing a clear theory of change that makes the link between data and accountability
leverage and promote “self-help micro-finance” as a sustainable, self-funding pathway to agribusiness capitalization in rural communities. Read more here>>
By December 2023: have communities who will be able to manage and restore their soil,
preserving their ecosystem.
By December 2024: invest in the agricultural value chain through self-help microfinancing enabling
the setting up of sustainable food systems through proper management of the
ecology, looking at organism, population, community, and ecosystem.
By December 2025: has created an environment that promotes the eradication of poverty in our
project countries on 25% of women, aged 21 to 65 years & 35% of girls, aged 3
to 18 years, 15% of boys, aged 3 to 18 years and 15% youths, aged 19 to 35
years and 10% men aged 35 to 65 years in each project.
Goals achievement pathway :
Priority 1: Build strong, diverse teams through engaging qualified human resources
over the next 2 years.
Priority 2: Engage funding partners to fund self-help microfinancing for rural
sustainable agriculture activities
Priority 3: Build capacities of partners and implement partners on climate
resilience and mitigation actions
Priority 4: Strengthen financial sustainability by implementing a business model for
most FPI activities.
Priority 5: Find and establish networks for the achievement of the SDG goals
FPI THEORY OF CHANGE
Building economic structures that promotes Agriculture as a business for food systems transformation, putting up Climate change adaptation and resilience measures through implementation of agroecology systems in Agriculture,taking a holistic approach that works within the local ecosystem sustaining the environmental and economic viability of communities by promoting the adoption of new and traditional farming systems and Agriculture innovations, bringing to life proper management of the ecology 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 crop production, processing, packaging, and distribution, re-organising family, community and national economies along the agriculture value chains while recognising gender equality and upholding human rights in the world's fragile states.
FPI joins other global partners in implementing Agroecology, a recognized paradigm that can offer multiple ecological and socio-economic benefits. Agroecology is an approach that is vital for promoting food systems transformation as it addresses poverty, hunger, and as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation, and directly realizes 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Agroecology will provide solutions to the current challenges of increasing food production while decreasing environmental problems and brings to play alternative paradigms that can change the dominant model of high external input industrial agriculture as it responds to two fundamental principles: – on the one hand, the principle of fully developing the ecosystems’ potential, both in terms of the capture of external resources (carbon dioxide, nitrogen, solar energy, water, and underground minerals) and in terms of process stimulation and physical, chemical and biological flows within the ecosystem (including recycling of biomass).
The application of this principle meets targets related to agricultural production in terms of quantity, regularity and quality (nutritional, health and taste quality), as well as the goal to be autonomous regarding the use of inputs and external power. In turn, these goals contribute to objectives of food and nutritional security and generation of income, which are development objectives, – on the other hand, the principle of preservation, or even restoration, for agro-ecosystems (including soil fertility and water availability), which addresses goals of sustainability, the provision of various benefits for the environment (biodiversity, absence of contamination, etc.), climate change adaptation and mitigation. Read more on FPI's Agroecology research
In today's world, we are faced with the challenge of rural and urban poverty and an increase in malnutrition levels, FPI's agroecology system offers an important vehicle to reduce poverty (SDG 1) -access to food (SDG 2) contributing to decent work (SDG 8) working against inequality (SDG 10), addressing peace and the fundamental human needs (SDG 16), for it to register much impact FPI works with other development partners promoting the achievement of SDG 17.
In April 2018, FAO, working with food producers, governments and other stakeholders, launched the Scaling Up of Agroecology Initiative to promote agroecology, this initiative was supported by UNEP and other United Nations partners. Read more agroecology here>>>>
It has further developed an agroecology tool to measure the performance and evaluate the processes of development and guidelines for its application. Read more here >>>>>
HOW DO WE PLAN TO ACHIEVE OUR MISSION?
Our mission shall be won through the implementation of a rural and urban agriculture innovation program, this aims to to support food systems transformation through the setting up of urban and rural agriculture linkages and clusters using self-help microfinance credit facilities to sustain the objectives of the program, assisting FPI to achieve its obligations in sustainable development, but for this to happen the following has to be available:
We need enough seed funding;
We need enough human capital; Read more on (Human Capital for African Agriculture)
We need to have technologically developed workspaces;
We must have experienced and seasoned extension staff, facilitators, trainers, and coaches,
We must have enough financial and technical support as well as partnerships that will sustain the projects.
We must have innovative, supportive, respected, caring, motivated, and highly qualified personnel;
We must have high quality technological advanced instructional and research facilities;
We must have the engagement and support of the communities, the industry, and other stakeholders.