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NGO OF THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2016 - FARM SOLUTIONS 365, UGANDA

Introduction
An indigenous initiative that is seeking to improve the competitiveness of ordinary Ugandan farmer through providing  timely continuum of information from availability of improved seeds to harvesting and storage, marketing of crops (prices and dealers contacts). This happens through technologically creating a platform where farmers from all over Uganda can interact and share ideas with their counterparts within Uganda and elsewhere.

Farm Solution 365 intends to create ground for research and innovation in the use of mobile phone technology and internet web page programming. Through this technology, Farm Solution 365 can offer quality agro-based advisory services and provide an opportunity for professionals in Uganda and abroad to do online mentoring and training of farmers at the grassroots with better hands-on skills, farming methods and value chain management.

Increased access to information will increase funding opportunities for farmers such as access to loans for agricultural inputs and adding values to crop to get better prices. Farm Solution 365 will connect farmers who need information to professionals, and it will provide opportunity for research on e-reporting using mobile phone and use of internet web based system.

Farm Solution 365 envisions empowered Ugandan farmers through the provision of timely and reliable agro-based services that can enable them make good and informed decisions. Through this project, Farm Solution 365 aims at Promoting excellent agricultural practices through the introduction of basic, feasible and economical solutions to the everyday agricultural problems faced by Ugandan farmers.

Objectives:

  • To broker quality and profitable agricultural services between the Ugandan farmers, agricultural companies and extension workers locally and internationally.
  • To provide quality agricultural advisory services like provision of reliable agricultural information, trainings and agricultural demonstration sessions to farmers in Uganda.
  • To create room for research and the inventions of feasible and economically friendly solutions to African problems.

Activities:

  • Mass mobilization of farmers into groups for better quality service delivery.
  • Negotiation with agricultural companies who buy and sell to farmers on behalf of the farmers for better deals.
  • Offering quality agro-based services such as trainings, demonstration and research to the farmers through which the farmers get the chance to have practical skills.
  • Negotiations with agricultural extension workers to provide services to farmers at a friendly price.

Achievements:

  • Acquisition of a project tractor for farmers to hire at a cheaper and better price to increase productivity.
  • Registration of up to 500 farmers in ten groups in Apac and Oyam districts in Uganda.
  • Setting of a working project farm where farmers get better hands-on skills in Apac.
  • Negotiation and bringing in students from Oxford University, United Partnerships, Farm Land Magazine, UK to research more and advise on possible solutions to the problems that farmers face.

Challenges:

  • Changing weather patterns that adversely affect agricultural patterns and reduce production.
  • Limited resources to properly provide better services to the farmers.
  • It is challenging to deliver services to most remote areas.


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The African Union Commission shall ensure that States Parties respect the commitments made and fulfil the duties outlined in the present Charter by facilitating exchange and co-operation between youth organisations across national borders in order to develop regional youth solidarity, political consciousness and democratic participation in collaboration with development partners.


Africa Youth Day Statement 2016 'If you must dream, make it loud and daring!'

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African Union Chapter is an independent youth organization that works with the African Union to collaborate with African youth within Higher Education Institutions, to appropriate the values of the pan-African and African Renaissance. These values include democracy, human rights, the promotion of gender and youth rights and equality, and the fight for equality as well as the economic, social and political unity and stability for Africans. Read the first issue of AU Chapter's magazine I, AFRICX.


As we mark one year since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it is important to acknowledge the efforts of young people and rural communities in moving Africa towards sustainability. At the Network of African Youths for Development (NAYD) we value and believe that every single effort at the individual level counts. On this issue of INSPIRE we focus on one year of SDGs and bring you collections of youth-led development in Africa. We hope you enjoy it.

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Proposed workshop for members of the #NAYDSDGs initiative planned around African Youth Day November 1st. We have most African countries represented but if you are interested in joining this initiative, especially if you live in Algeria, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Libya, Madagascar and Namibia, please send an email to help@nayd.org along with a summary of your rural community development experience.


 

Pilot study to assess the progress of Uganda towards achieving sustainable development goals 3 and 8 on specific youth targets.

 


 

UN recognizes #NAYDSDGs initiative

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Written summary of the below Hangout and supplementary information provided by the Cameroon team and Francis Maberi can be seen here

 
The Sustainable Development Goals were agreed by World Leader to a great fanfare in New York last September but what are the realities in implementing them in rural communities in Africa? The  #NAYDSDGs team from Cameroon tell us the challenges they face and how a strong network might help tackle these challenges in a live hangout Tue March 1st at 15.00GMT.

 

NAYD is currently developing SDG focussed teams to achieve the mission of 'empowering African rural communities with the UN Sustainable Development Goals through youth-led co-ordinated and collaborative information, implementation, monitoring, lobbying and advocacy campaigns.' We are still looking for team leaders for Angola, Chad, Mauritania and South Sudan. If you are interested to represent any of these countries please send an email to help@nayd.org. This is a voluntary position.

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 #SDGs Implementation - NAYD has the following questions to ask each African nation and its governments. 
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1 Nov 2015 - Africa Youth Day Statement 01 Nov 201 'It begins where you are, with what you have and with the people surrounding you' - Judyannet Muchiri

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28 Sep 2015 - South Africa CC Patson Malisa becomes President of Organisation of African Youth

 

July/September INSPIRE

 ''Will the SDGs deliver the Africa you want to see in 15 years?" - Google Hangout August 8th 2015

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One Year of #NAYDchat with Stephen Machua and Judyannet Muchiri

'Can the SDGs be implemented effectively in Africa?' - Google Hangout July 11th 2015

'African Youths are not interested in actively engaging in the Development Process' - Google Hangout June 13th 2015


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New Year Message


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Africa Youth Day (Nov 1st) Statement

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Nina Werner of Mara Foundation talks about mentorship in Africa  - she spoke to NAYD members on Wednesday 27 August on twitter #‎NaydChat. about #‎Online Mentorship and how this can help the youth, hosted by Stephen Machua and Judyannet Muchiri


July INSPIRE

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'Agriculture is fun!' Yvette Ampaire from Uganda argues that you can make lots of money in agribusiness!

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Globalization & Inclusive Youth-led Development

Moving Forward from COP19


Inspire special edition on Nelson Mandela

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Going Forward on Climate Change, Youth and Agriculture in Africa

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African Youth Day 2013 - What Can I Do?

NAYD is an example of a Youth Global Initiative that cherishes volunteerism as a pillar to African Youth Engagement. The youths are the salt of the world; they are the gate keepers of our society and a pillar to our societal development. African youths let us cheer up and engage ourselves in self empowerment programs.' Kaudo Vincent-NAYD Kenya