Rural and Urban Agriculture Innovative Production Program:

Executive Summary:

FPI is Implimenting a USD 700 million Agriculture investiment program, named,  Rural and Urban Agriculture Inovative Production program (RUAIPP), this project enables FPI to join other international development NGOs in complementing the efforts of different Governments across the world through the implementation of rural and urban agriculture innovation projects under its agroecology systems in Agriculture program which will run from the year 2022 to the year 2028 as part of its "Poverty Alleviation Strategy”,  this shall be beneficial to food systems transformation and will give support to the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs 1 to 8) by the year 2030.

The program's projects involve the following activities:

 

The FPI program creates farming clusters that assist in carrying out studies on relationships between human beings, crops and the environment, through implementing the following projects:  

  1. Backyard farming/gardens using an Israeli adopted technology called Grow bag farming  for farmers located in both rural and Peri-urban and urban areas and suburban clusters;

  2. Sunflower farming  for Peri-urban areas 

  3. Rooftop farms, outdoor vertical production, or green walls;

  4. Indoor farms, greenhouses, and high-tech vertical technology farms such as;

  5. Hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farm facilities projects;

  6. Agroforestry Moringa and other legumes farming  and processing,

  7. Food Forests (Permaculture) 

  8. Irrigation, water harvesting and sanitation and the development of renewable energy sources such as biodiesel while promoting the establishment of domestic and international markets, mainstreaming;

  9. Soil use, management and

  10. Cluster farming development, management, processing and exports.,

 

FPI believes that Agriculture, with its multiple connections to key aspects, such as food security, livelihoods – especially for the rural poor –, ecosystems, climate change and health, is a crucial sector for the achievement of Sustainable Development goals. However, it has been highlighted that a transformation towards sustainable agriculture is necessary to improve food systems transformation and will encourage the achievement of all SDGs (FAO 2018, Caron et al., 2018). Read more>>>>

Agriculture in the face of War and COVID-19: 

 

The world faces multiple challenges that were brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and FPI sees them as being solved by agriculture on its own as it carries all solutions that can support the food systems transformation.  Agriculture is key in addressing these challenges that have destroyed and disrupted so many lives and livelihoods, deepening global challenges such as hunger, malnutrition, poverty and climate change. In implementing its program FPI has also taken note of the food shortage challenges posed by the Ukraine and Russia war, who accounts for about 60% of world production of sunflower oil, and the conflict has hit supplies hard. In response to these risks, FPI sees agriculture innovations in Africa and other countries across the world as a powerful tool to improve global food systems towards more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable models for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The activities in its project are derived from FPI's Agroecology systems in  Agriculture program and will help communities acquire effective skills and knowledge that can support the establishment of business along with the Agriculture value chain such as soil use, restoration, management, and crop production, processing, and exporting. See program projects>>>>

FPI believes that agriculture and forestry implemented in both cities and rural areas will bring answers to a variety of developmental goals beyond the provision of green infrastructure and food, such as social inclusion, adaptation to climate change, poverty alleviation, urban and rural water management, and opportunities for the productive reuse of urban waste.

The FPI Agriculture innovations program brings to life five-year agricultural innovations that will support food systems transformation projects which require funding/ investments of about  US$700 million in the next 5 years, this will be invested into value for money rural and urban agriculture innovations implemented in +40 countries. Within each country, about 2,500-3000 unemployed university and polytechnic graduates shall benefit, with 50% of them being young and elderly women.

The program will also focus on Education and Workforce professional Development with the following areas of support:

  1. Non-formal education that cultivates food and agricultural interest in youth;

  2. Workforce training at community, junior, and technical colleges;

  3. Training of undergraduate students in research and extension;

  4. Fellowships for predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars; and

  5. Special workforce training in agriculture and rural development

It will also have special participation of people living with disability, and those living with HIV & AIDS. The program shall also benefit the out of school young farmers who will be trained under a 24-months long agribusiness incubation.

The program will become self-sustainable to allow life after the exit of the funding partners, so equity funding and equity investments are the best modes of supporting this program which has several projects with high returns on investment that are expected through the creation of several agro-based farming and processing projects/companies that will create 100, 000 projects/companies that will, in turn, bring 1 million agro-based jobs to life with a net income ranging from $1 billion to $2.2 billion per country in 5 years with Moringa farming, processing and exporting topping the list on the net income. 

 

Program purpose:

The purpose of this program is to support the development of projects that will either initiate, build upon, or expand on the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, colleges, and other stakeholders in urban areas suburbs as well as in rural farming areas to promote food systems transformation looking at addressing challenges, prospects, and strategic options for transforming food systems to become: Healthy and nutritious – providing nutritious and affordable diets for good health. Inclusive – enabling a decent living for all stakeholders in the food system so no-one is left behind. Environmentally sustainable – consuming and producing food respecting planetary boundaries. Meeting these three objectives in transformed food systems also implies that food systems have to be: Resilient – ensuring that people can access food and protect their livelihoods when food systems are hit by extreme events or market shocks and political instability or conflicts.

Stages of Agriculture Development

FPI delives in a successful economic development is a process of successive upgrading. A nation’s business environment evolves to support and encourage increasingly sophisticated and productive ways of competing by firms based there. This process can be described as a sequence of stages, each with a different set of economic characteristics and challenges.

1. Factor-Driven Stage

Most African countries are still on Factor-Driven Stage in making decisions to feed their people, in this stage competitive advantage are based exclusively on endowments of labor and natural resources. This supports only relatively low wages.

2. Investment-Driven Stage

Some countries are in Investment-Driven Stage, and efficiency in producing standard products and services has become the dominant source of competitive advantage. Economies at this stage concentrate on manufacturing and on outsourced service exports. They achieve higher wages, but are susceptible to financial crises’ and external, sector-specific demand shocks.

 

3. Innovation-Driven Stage

FPI Agriculture program promotes the Innovation-Driven Stage, at this stage the country’s ability to produce innovative products and services is at the global technology frontier using the most advanced methods to become the dominant source of competitive advantage. At this stage, the national business environment is characterized by strengths in all areas of the Agriculture production and processing, together with the presence of deep clusters. Clusters become critical motors, not only in generating productivity, but also encouraging innovation at the world frontier. Institutions and incentives support innovation and are well developed, increasing the efficiency of cluster interaction. Companies compete with unique strategies that are often global in scope, and invest strongly in advanced skills, the latest technology, and innovative capacity.

The Program's project activities are set to accomplish one or any number of the following—

 

  • Develop recommendations for implementing community gardens and farms that can include urban and rural agroforestry practices, food forests, or orchards, that respond to community needs as it relates to how food is grown, distributed, and marketed in the target area(s);

  • Facilitate urban agriculture assessments and identify opportunities that connect community needs with the benefits of urban agriculture such as food access, nutrition education, conservation, innovation, and economic development;

  • Support the development of business plans, feasibility studies, and strategies to help offset start-up costs for new and beginning farmers in urban, suburban and rural areas;

  • Provide support for local and national government planning that considers policies to meet the growing needs of and zoning for community gardens and farms, urban agroforestry, orchards, rooftop farms, outdoor vertical production, green walls, indoor farms, greenhouses, high-tech vertical technology farms, and hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farm facilities; or

  • Assist schools that seek to increase knowledge of food and agricultural disciplines such as nutrition, crop and biology science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to develop and implement programs that create future leaders, farmers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs in agriculture and innovative production.

Implementation Partners FPI: 

 

The program will have IPs to see it accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers and gardeners. The program will be used to improve access to local food in the target area(s). IPs may be designed to—

 

  • Facilitate the development of entrepreneurial projects by offering needed resources, such as job training, land, equipment, mentoring, and other business development assistance to new and beginning farmers;

  • Increase food production in small urban and indoor spaces with emerging technologies such as vertical farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, rooftop farms, urban agroforestry etc.; o Operate community gardens or non-profit farms to educate a community on food systems, nutrition, environmental impacts, urban agroforestry, food forests, sustainable agriculture, and agricultural production and/or to offer hands-on training in farming or gardening;

  • Meet specific state, province, local, or community food and agricultural needs by assisting municipalities, food producers, community organizations, and schools with policies for community gardens and farms that address food access, soil health, emerging technologies, and agricultural business; or

  • Provide schools with resources to incorporate and emphasize the importance of growing and consuming nutritious food as well as training students for careers in agriculture.

Microfinancing Self-Help for Sustainable Food Systems: 

FPI believes in promoting self-help microfinancing, a system that supports low-income households to stabilize their income flows and save for future needs. In good times, microfinance helps families and small businesses to prosper, and at times of crisis, it can help them cope and rebuild. When used in  Agribusiness, self-help microfinancing becomes a remedy for rural development, this is achieved as young people and women get involved and learn to start their agro-based projects and become profitable through being taught the correct skills and acquiring knowledge in managing their economies as well as the ecology. Read more>>>

Problem statement:

The United Nations estimates that nearly 6.68 billion people will be living in cities by 2050, on this number Africa will contribute the highest numbers with its fastest-growing youth population in the world, with 10-15 million of its young people trying to enter the continent’s job market each year, without success. The FPI program creates linkages between rural and urban food systems. Taking examples from Mexico City, the organization CultiCiudad built the Huerto Tlatelolco, an edible forest with 45 tree varieties, a seed bank, and plots for biointensive gardening. In the United States, City Growers uses New York City’s urban farms as a learning laboratory for children to reconnect with nature. In the Kalobeyei Settlement in northern Kenya, urban agriculture represents a tool for empowerment by improving food security, nutrition, and self-sufficiency among refugees.

Causes of Hunger :

Poverty is the biggest challenge across the world today, and a principal cause of hunger, with unequal distribution of income and lack of resources in developing countries being the trigger of this challenge, this means that millions of people in Africa do not have or cannot afford the land or farming supplies they need to grow or gain access to nutritious food. Seeing these challenges, FPI has joined hands with other development partners to work on strategies to make land accessible to many through land leases and the creation of cluster farming,  using this project it plans to create small to medium enterprises along the agriculture value chain to create sustainable food systems and help eradicate poverty by 2030.

FPI believes that addressing this challenge must be at different levels, seeing its existence not only as being caused by low or non-existent incomes but also because of the needs of certain low-income households which are high. Therefore, we believe that poverty has many dimensions, including economic, political, social, environmental and human dimensions and needs different strategies that can tackle this social illness with the battle being won through unpacking poverty by addressing its causes and at levels of its existence.

Firstly being on economic terms, a county, a region, or a household is poor when the per capita income of purchasing power of a poor country or household is below a certain minimum standard, there are low medical care and health facilities, and productivity is very low and there is illiteracy.

In political terms, a country, a region or a group of people are poor when they do not have a voice in the community or are dependent on other more powerful groups or individuals to express their rights and choices.

In social terms, poverty in a country, a region o a household breeds all types of socially unacceptable behaviours like drug addiction, crime, position, violence ad terrorism in a family or a community, These factors degrade human self-respect, moral and social values of the society as a whole and as a result, more and more people in the community become intolerant and rude towards each other in their day to day life.

In environmental terms, social and environmental responsibility contribute to fighting poverty as economic activities flourish in a stable society that is under a good environmental climate. Environmental social responsibility considers people, planet and profit issues that lead to sustained competitive advantage.

In human dimensions terms, Living in poverty means experiencing intense physical, mental and emotional suffering accompanied by a sense of powerlessness to do anything about it. This can provoke levels of frustration, anger, depression and hopelessness that can lead to self-neglect or even death by suicide. Self-medication with drugs or alcohol is used as a temporary relief from this suffering. When people internalise daily experiences of injustice and dehumanisation, this undermines their self-esteem. Agriculture should address the hidden dimensions of poverty.

 

To fight poverty, FPI has developed a program that will support the Global Food System transformation and bring the involvement of young people and women in the agriculture value chain.

Transforming the world’s food systems is an environmental, social and economic imperative. Global food systems are unsustainable in their current forms for both people and the planet. Food systems emit up to one-third of global greenhouse gases (GHGs) and are a significant driver of biodiversity loss –in addition to the environmental cost. They also leave millions of people, disproportionately women in the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), in poverty and suffering from hunger and malnutrition.1 The impacts of COVID-19 on Agriculture highlighted the already urgent need for food systems that are inclusive and equitable, resilient to shocks, environmentally sustainable and efficient at delivering healthy and nutritious food to all.

 

FPI's program brings opportunities to build youth and women's skills and knowledge to be the engine driving new agriculture and agribusiness enterprises as well as rural transformation. But youth face many hurdles in trying to secure loans to start and build their livelihoods from agriculture and agribusiness. Youth lack access to credit, improved technologies, practical skills and fair markets necessary as well as other logistics and services for agribusiness success.

Mindset shift and agribusiness reorientation:

The world has been offering education curricula that are oriented towards white-collar employment rather than self-employment and job creation, this has led to the reduced expansion of formal employment. Given opportunities, incentives, financial literacy, discipline and mindset change, rural youth can profitably be redirected toward agribusiness, service provision and market-oriented agriculture, with a huge impact on their rural communities and economies.

Worldwide challenges:

Joblessness among African youths has caused so much tension in so many African economies resulting in young people resorting to uncontrolled migration and crime as a means of survival that some end up being recruited by drug cartels and armed groups;

 

The challenge to Africa is a challenge to the rest of the world, as it experiences rapid social and economic growth, many of its economies are growing by more than 6% a year, however, large disparities in income distribution persist both within and among countries. As a result, rural households seek to escape poverty by engaging in market-oriented farming but with limited success due to a lack of innovative solutions to production and marketing constraints. Ironically, educational services have expanded considerably in Africa without due consideration of the quality of education offered, or the skills that match with employment opportunities in rural areas.

Our work in troubled states

When the means of economic subsistence (or their dividends) are not widely accessible or distributed equitably, society becomes more prone to conflict and the degradation of state institutions that keep the peace. 

the result is fragile states, in fragile states food insecurity makes economic & government collapse much more likely- and their collapse can pull proxy states (like the USA or China) into war. Food insecurity has severe economic consequences that usually play out in ways that widen existing social divisions (tribal, ethnic, etc.) (Note: economic productivity, employment growth, etc most concentrated in agriculture).

These consequences undermine trust in government authority, de-stabilize weaker/fragile states, and can lend legitimacy to insurgent groups.

In large parts of the world, the means of economic subsistence are available to most people run through the agriculture sector. For many people, this makes agro-entrepreneurship the most reliable path to economic betterment & long-run sustainable development.

This is a position among scholars & UN diplomats that most conflicts over the next few decades will have their origins in issues of food and access to food (2030-end of a century). Read more>>>

FPI’s work combats violence by supporting farming activities in troubled states to increase productivity, improve profitability, and develop inclusive value chains in high-value crops.

Youth in Agribusiness:

 

Challenges and Opportunity

 

With 364 million young Africans between the ages of 15-35 by 2045, the number is expected to double to 10-12 million young people seeking employment each year. Urbanization and delayed industrialization has led to "jobless growth" 60% of Africa’s unemployed youths, this proportion continues to grow each year with Africa’s youth better educated but many of them lacking business skills. FPI's development interest is in Rural transformation and requires the establishment of new profitable ventures that must be proven models for rapid youth engagement with agribusiness are available.....Source: AGRA 2015

Most university graduates in Africa are seeking employment in the formal sector which has now become too small to absorb a large number of these graduates, estimated to be between 10 to 12 million per year (AGRA 2015; AEO, 2012?), resulting in a large number of educated yet unemployed youth, whose efforts are otherwise key to achieving rural transformation. Read more>>>

Women in Agriculture :

 

Challenges and opportunities.

 

Women are responsible for the production of 60-80% of food produced in developing countries around the world) but most of them do not own land although we see women having more important roles such as marketers of surpluses, administrators of the home, healers, counsellors, community leaders, mothers and wives. Their day starts before 5 am and ends after 11 pm, surely a busy day!

In addition to the challenges natural to their multiplicity of roles and responsibilities, women confront other obstacles that limit their development and prevent the full expression of their productive capacity. One of the most important challenges is the access to education, an example of this comes from most developing countries, where more than 60% of rural women dedicated to agriculture cannot read or write.  

Other issues that limit the development of women are inequality in labour conditions and access to work opportunities; limited access to productive inputs, particularly to land ownership; and insufficient credit. All of this results in increased migration to urban areas, particularly by young women, where they became prone to exploitation and in several cases that include sexual abuse and trafficking.

What needs to be done now is to look at each country's public policies, their transparency and accurate implementation, a new extension and education services, and better education but above all the world needs to push the recognition of African women and men as equals, who deserve and have the same rights, and need to be treated equally and that both should have the same opportunities on land ownership and what comes out of their labour on the farmland, this will make this world a better place as we will all work to preserve it for future generations.

Agro-Entrepreneurship as a Peace-Building Tool:

FPI believes that agriculture is a business and should be treated like one, and people involved should be given all the support they require for them to realise its benefits, people who have all their basic needs in life live in peace. 

We believe that if given enough support agriculture will result in the following:

Food system transformation through:

  • Building family and community economies;

  • Support means of food production and processing

  • Establishment of the fastest job creation solution for any troubled Global economies;

  • Serves as an effective mechanism for violence prevention;

  • Serves as a mechanism for re-integration (back into society)

  • Can serve as a mechanism for de-escalation (by reducing combatants).

  • Most entrepreneurship in the developing world occurs in the agriculture sector.

 

This means that the dividends described above occur on the widest scale with agro-entrepreneurship versus commercial success in other sectors.

Agriculture is also one of the most inclusive sectors of the global economy, hence concentrating on this sector allows the aforementioned dividends to reach even the most marginalized communities

Rural Development through Agroprenureship:

 

Rural enterprises, if advanced along agricultural value chains within the context of professionalized agriculture, can become the solution that the world has been looking for. After being trained in various agriculture projects business linkages can be muted for the youth to access agricultural resources. FPI trains youth in quality training along agricultural value chains, terms of credit and agricultural technologies, as well as commodities, this builds market skills and knowledge and has a huge influence upon both the livelihoods of youth and the process of agricultural transformation.

As FPI, we believe in the implementation of this critical step to developing a comprehensive program that forges widespread commitment and partnership, effectively combining these approaches and delivering cost-effective opportunities to youth for profitable agribusiness development. This effort will extend well beyond reorientation within formal training settings, rather it must involve the development of detailed agri-business plans and creditworthy loan applications, leading to the establishment of efficient and effective networks of new agri-business ventures and services across the entire agricultural value chain.

The FPI program is not only good but attractive to youth, it challenges counterproductive mindsets through building self-confidence, believing that local efforts must be led and be owned by youth themselves. Overall, the interest of the youth is aroused and kept sustainably. Read more>>>

Farming Clusters:

FPI's work establishes agriculture value chains to put the aspirations and needs of those who produce, process, distribute and consume food at the heart of its equitable food systems transformation with

Cluster farming development is a means of boosting agriculture production economically, with the benefits of clustering being considered at five levels:

  1. production,

  2. Processing

  3. Domestic marketing

  4. household nutrition and

  5. Exports.

Benefits of cluster farming: 

At the production level, clustering improves access to production inputs: seeds, chemicals and fertilisers, technology and infrastructure. When any one of these improved inputs is applied individually, productivity will increase, but when the improved inputs are applied collectively, dramatic productivity increases are possible.

To win over this, FPI shall acquire land through a 5 to 10-year land lease and then invite 5 to 10 farms into a clustering arrangement in each province in the countries it has a presence in, these facilities are also known as out-growers or contract farms.​

  • Through collective action, smallholder farmers are able to maintain the continuity of supply, the quality and the range of products that institutional buyers demand, thereby enabling them to engage with higher-value markets.

  • Through being a cluster member, farmers report that they were better able to access markets, and market information and had a better understanding of the dynamics of the market; it was easier to access technical and financial support; and, with more social connections and more opportunities to engage with other farmers, smallholder farmers had greatly improved their technical knowledge and cultivation skills. ...Read more>>>

Demand-Driven Production:

Believing in market-based and contextualised solutions to critical climate adaptation and mitigation is key to our approach to achieving equitable food systems.

FPI believes that demand-driven agricultural research,  science and technology innovation in agriculture constitutes a major driver for economic development, with the African agricultural sector being the main employer that provides jobs to the largest proportion of the population in Africa and contributes over 25% of the GDP in most African countries. A positive shift in the research-policy interface will create a conducive policy ecosystem in Africa that will, inter alia, enable skills and knowledge generation, exchange, and learning; technology transfer, uptake, and scale-up; and business development through capacity building. This will lead to innovations with socio-economic benefits and impacts.

Program Activity areas:

Currently, in 40 countries, FPI works with different governments, donors, investors and other development partners across the world with more emphasis on Youth Participation through the Integration of technology into Agriculture by implementing the following projects:

FPI shall provide implementation strategies to funders and investing partners and has high hopes that these program activities will support the achievement of the following:

  • Climate Change adaptation: a process of adjusting to the current and future effects of climate change as well as mitigation, a means of making the impacts of climate change less severe by preventing and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere.

  • Land and Soil Management: it will offer skills and knowledge in land management by promoting zero tillage to help maintain soil health and prevent soil erosion. 

  • Production: it will support the integration of technology in crop protection & biotech products to enable an effective integrated pest management strategy;

  • Market linkages: Facilitate market linkages between farmers and various markets e.g. processors, local supermarkets, municipal markets, hospitality industries, and overseas markets being supported through market development and logistical arrangements.

  • Waste management:  trains its members in waste management, this includes disposal and  recycling of all materials they use in their agriculture activities and

  • Research: will allow evidence-based solutions to the economy as well as the social and environmental situation through research studies that will be carried out during its lifespan.

  • Post-harvest crop handling: trains its participants in these skills as they play a very important role in crop production and determine the final product's quality and price on the market. If the crops turn out to be in good condition after postharvest they can be sold for fresh consumption.

  • Transportation & exports: Taking a look at Globalisation and increased trade and investment flows among countries, opportunities and intensified competition in the world market. Increased greater competition and the importance of efficiency in logistics management, which is an important determinants of export competitiveness. Many countries that have intensified their links with the global economy through trade and investment have grown more rapidly over a sustained period and have consequently experienced economic development.

  • Technical support: FPI will not be a passive participant when it comes to agriculture, it believes in being an active participant through offering training to our partners to enable farmers to make informed farming decisions.

 

Overall Project objective:

Contribute to achieving food systems and rural transformation by fostering an inclusive and innovative environment mainstreaming climate mitigation and adaptation.

 

(Objective 1) To provide opportunities to 1million rural and urban young people and women in 5 to 10 years, through  promoting innovative agricultural enterprises and agribusiness for job creation and peace-building in the coming 5 years;

(Objective 2) To introduce technology into agriculture as a means of promoting the involvement of young people in the agriculture value chain in supporting the food systems transformation.

 

(Objective 2) To raise agribusiness skill levels and economic opportunities for a 100 000 University and college graduates in 40 countries from the year 2022 to the year 2028 to benefit rural youth and women as well as future graduates of vocational schools and universities; 

 

(Objective 3) To advance youth- and women-led agribusiness networks and provide interactive agricultural information services to 600 000 Agripreneurs across 40 countries in 5 to 10 years;

(Objective 4) To raise awareness of gender issues among 1000 000 youths and women through providing equal opportunity for agribusiness advancement to young women and 50 000 people living with disabilities in 40 African countries;

(Objective 5) To promote soil use, management and restoration through agroforestry and other legume farming in 40 African countries through starting up Moringa farming and processing and marketing of its bi-products across the world. 

(Objective 6) Promote the introduction of Agriculture to students for careers in agriculture

 

Key specific objectives:

  • To strengthen the capacities of 1000 000 youth and women in Africa’s multi-stakeholder innovation platforms and links to solutions within national, regional, and global food systems in a period of 5 to 10 years starting from the year 2022 to the year 2028;

  • To facilitate technology, transfer and uptake through learning routes and multi-stakeholder engagement; and

  • To Improve profitability and employment opportunities to benefit 1000 000 young people, women, and people living with disability, as well as HIV and AIDS along agricultural commodity value chains by establishing national and regional Agricultural Business Learning Alliance (ABLA) platforms, business development services, ecological management skills and knowledge transfer through mentorship in 40 countries in a period of 5 to 10 years.

Key Goals:

​The program shall be implemented in 40 countries across Africa and is expected to build vast opportunities that include at least 70,000 internships, 100,000 agribusiness start-ups, 100,000 new decent jobs and contract (Cluster) farming marketing opportunities. Under the program, each of the +40 countries is expected to get an investment of at least US $17,5 million over five years. This amounts to an overall investment of $700 million across the African continent. Within each country, about 2,500 unemployed university and polytechnic graduates, as well as other young farmers, will be trained under a 24-month long agribusiness incubation. The last four months of the incubation period will be spent developing creditworthy agribusiness plans for presentation to financial institutions and funding partners working with agribusiness mentors. It is expected that each business plan shall be awarded $200,000 to $350,000 each and is expected to employ 10 to 30 youths, each earning decent monthly incomes with an overall goal of creating 1 million jobs by the year 2030.

These will be profitable youth-led projects aimed at job creation and promoting their involvement in the agriculture value chain.
A significant amount of benefit will be achieved through the $700 million investment with a high return to investment expected through the creation of new agro-based companies in 40 countries that will create 100, 000 new jobs with a  net income ranging between $1 billion to $2.2 billion per country in 5 years building into each country's GDP.

The goals will be achieved by the turn of 2027,  working in partnership with governments, donors, funding partners, investors, development organisations and communities across the world who are joining hands with FPI in promoting its mission.

Skills and Knowledge Transfer:

 

FPI believes in discovering, equipping and training rural young people and women in farming skills and knowledge transfer is its key focus as it works on increasing regional and local productivity and value addition, the FPI project covers all areas of farming productivity, from tillage, harvesting, storage, processing, packaging and distribution to both local and international markets for the benefit of its membership and other farming communities in project countries.

Project Sustainability: 

FPI believes in working with its partners to build its project capital and to achieve this it will employ a social enterprise approach with profits from the projects being reinvested into old and new projects as it grows across the world.

Anticipated Deliverables:

  • 100 000 jobs along with the agriculture value chain are established in 5 years from 2022 to 2027;

  • 10 years country-specific strategic plan/program portfolio for FPI in 40 host countries;

  • 50 modules and programs for training, coaching, and mentoring youth in agro-entrepreneurship (Programs physical-based or virtual) are developed to be used in future training;

  • Country-specific youth-focused climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in 40 countries 

  • Cooperative and cluster-based farming techniques to make agriculture attractive and market access to the rural poor and socially disadvantaged in 40 countries in 5 years.

  • Research and other studies are carried out to identify and increase technological integration  for successful youth participation in commercial agriculture in 40 countries in 5 years;

  • 40 countries are introduced to sustainable, self-funded business capitalization structures in rural communities and Self-help Microfinance programs for rural communities)

  • Agriculture aligned Jobs in Africa will reduce the numbers of young people migrating to western countries by 50% while lowering cases of violence by 35% and helping in the building of a sustainable food system for the world as Africa will be able to feed itself and the rest of the world.

  • The project shall be replicated further in more countries as FPI spreads its wings in the next 10 years.

 
 
 
 

The success of FPI goals is underlined by us achieving the following:​

  • Promoting cluster farming as a means of boosting agriculture production.

  • Promoting the Integration of technology into Agriculture to influence the involvement of young people and women in the Agricultural Value Chain.

  • Promoting an understanding of the effects of climate change in agriculture;

  • Promoting the adoption of  sustainable agriculture strategies;

  • Promoting international market linkages for rural farmers; 

  • Promoting the creation of the main source of off-farm employment in rural areas of poor countries through the involvement of youths in mobile app development;

  • Promoting positive effects on poverty reduction and economic empowerment through the setting up of Agro-based enterprises in countries where high-value agri-food exports are produced;

OUR GOLDEN MANDATE IN THE SDGs:

The countries of the world agreed to achieve three extraordinary things by the year 2030:     1-end extreme poverty, 2-reduce inequalities and injustice and 3- stop climate change.

These three extraordinary ideas are key drivers of the FPI mandate and link its work to the United Nation's 17 Goals on Sustainable development as a way to improve agricultural productivity in Africa. We're encouraging youth participation in the agriculture value chain to improve the lives of the rural populations and to contribute to the growth of the world economy. We support rural youth and young agricultural producers in the form of strengthening and expanding their farming capacities, knowledge and skills transfer (through education and training) this will in turn increase rural employment creation, it also brings the young graduates from Universities to engage in major policy debates across the world.

 

One of FPI's  Strategic Objectives in its Strategic Framework for 2021–2030 is “Reducing Rural Poverty”, this can be achieved by recognizing that rural youth should be treated as a priority group when it comes to accessing decent employment opportunities.

DATA-DRIVEN AGRICULTURE

FPI wants to Connect Smallholder farmers  to Knowledge, Networks, and Institutions

Digitalised rural Africa is key to its development and creation of  sustainable food systems 

Information and communication technology (ICT) has always mattered in agriculture. Ever since people have grown crops, raised livestock, and caught fish, they have sought information from one another. Today, ICT represents a tremendous opportunity for rural populations to improve productivity, enhance food and nutrition security, to access markets, and to find employment opportunities in a revitalized sector. ICT has unleashed incredible potential to improve agriculture, and it has found a foothold even in poor smallholder farms.

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FPI work is linked to all 17 UN SDGs but specifically to the following Goals : 

  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms.

  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

  • Goal 3: Health.

  • Goal 4: Education.

  • Goal 5: Gender equality and women's empowerment.

  • Goal 6: Water and Sanitation.​

With technical and financial support, we will be able to establish sustainable agriculture in all project countries in the next 10 years (2021-2030), according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO): “Sustainable agriculture must nurture healthy ecosystems and support the sustainable management of land, water and natural resources, while ensuring world food security”.

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JOB CREATION THROUGH AGRICULTURE IN AFRICA
USING AFRICA'S VAST ARABLE LAND FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYS 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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LINKING RURAL AND URBAN CENTER FOR FOOD SYSTEMS TRANSFORMATION