Empowering rural smallholder farmers with technology

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Innovations of changing the agricultural production cycle of the smallholder farmers in the rural to feed the world. Smallholder farmers in the rural in Mafinga District Muchinga Province Zambia should be provided with solar water pump systems as long term loans while providing guaranteed market for cereal and legume crops at the local rural. This will provide solutions for food security for the fast increasing  global population, adaptation to drought and develop the culture for having solar water pumps for irrigation of the smallholder farmers in the rural and stop just depending on rain for growing crops. To develop necessary capacity for smallholder farmers to solve new climate change challenges in agriculture, knowledge and skills required to take agriculture as business. To meet current and future agricultural challenges  and food security by helping smallholder farmers in rural areas manage natural resources as well as formulating innovative business plans that work for agribusiness while meeting rural community expectations and all stakeholders. To increase the volume and value of agribusiness based on the output of smallholder farmers in rural areas. The problems we are trying to solve are cutting down of trees for charcoal which is affecting the climate change and shortage of food for the fast increasing population. We want to preserve the Environment by motivating smallholder farmers at the local rural concentrating on farming as source of income unlike cutting down of trees for charcoal for sell by providing them guaranteed market of cereal and legume crops at the local rural  in Mafinga District Muchinga Province and Serenje District in Central Province Zambia throughout the year and giving them long term loans in terms of solar water pump systems with total dynamic head of 90 meters and pump flow rate of 4600litres of water per hour and household solar lighting systems. The business solves the problem by motivating smallholder farmers at the local rural to grow different types of crops throughout the year by the guaranteed market provided at the local rural level and by the use of solar water pump systems for irrigation thereby preserving the environment unlike cutting down of trees for charcoal as source of income. Bulk buyers and processors will know where to get the quality, quantity of crops needed at market price. The solar energy pump systems will be sold to smallholder farmers by providing long term loans by our company in form of solar water pump systems since these same smallholder farmers will be the producers of our other products which are the cereal and legume crops at the local rural to be sold by our company to bulk buyers and processors.The non-cutting of the trees for charcoal for sell will be one of the conditions in the solar water pump loan agreement with the smallholder farmers at the local rural so that they could concentrate on farming of cereal and legume crops which the market will be guaranteed for them at the local rural. This will motivate the smallholder farmers to increase the production of cereal and legume crops which are nutritious. The smallholder farmers will be motivated to concentrate on farming as the source of income because of the guaranteed market at the local rural for the crops they will be growing. In the long run because of the increased income that the rural smallholder farmers will have will start to purchase the solar water pump systems from our company instead of loans and will make it easier for them to pay. All the future generation will develop a culture of having solar water pump system for farming as source of income thereby preserving the trees. The smallholder farmers are our customers for solar water pump systems and at the same time are our producers of cereal and legume crops which we shall be purchasing from them at the local rural and sell to bulk buyers and processors. We have customers at both ends, the smallholder farmers in the rural for solar water pump systems at one end and bulk buyers of cereal and legume crops at the other end. The agribusiness innovation is for the smallholder farmers to be growing cereal and legume crops throughout the year under irrigation to adapt to drought caused by climate change as source of income because of the guaranteed market we shall provide at the local rural with the aim of discouraging deforestation for charcoal for sell as source of income. By so doing the culture will develop for the rural smallholder farmers and future generations to have solar water pump systems for irrigation which will provide us the market for the solar water pump systems. It could be similar to the way the culture of having a mobile phone for communication has developed.

. I am one of the 1000 entrepreneurs selected in 2015 by the Tony Elumelu Foundation (www.tonyelumelufoundation.org) from more than 20000 applicants in Africa for agribusiness innovation of creating guaranteed market of cereal and legume crops grown by smallholder farmers in the rural to transform Africa and feed the world. In April 2017, I am one of the 25 that was selected from Central and Southern African Countries by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) www.awardfellowships.org for innovation of considering gender in the agribusiness. In December 2017, I am one of the ten that was selected and sponsored by Tony Elumelu Foundation and COMESA (www.comesa.int) after being convinced of our unique agribusiness innovation from 2000 applicants in Africa to attend Africa 2017 Business Forum in Egypt. In December 2017, I was selected by Thought for Food (TFF) as 2018 Thought for Food Ambassador because of my passion and unique innovation to feed nine plus billion people by 2050. 



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