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#AMA Eradicate food insecurity in the world by empowering our youths to join Agribusiness. Ask Me Anything.

Ngecu Mucina
Sep 13, 2017

INTRODUCTION.

Food insecurity and unemployment are major causes of poverty in Africa. We have therefore come up with an idea where we want to eradicate poverty by neutralizing unemployment and food insecurity through agribusiness.

http://goget.fund/2wNAVRm

Our Solution.

Having examined the major problems causing food insecurity in Africa, we have come up with a fully packaged solution to solve the crisis.

This solution will involve setting up a web based application which shall be used to register interested farmers who have viable land that can support agriculture. We shall act as agents who will manage the farmers land for a given period of time contract while educating and pre-funding the whole process with our own funds. However the total operating cost will be deducted after a complete season produce is sold which will also be done by us.

The web based app will have three sections, the portal which will have a place where the farmer can log in and see all the progress made including costs incurred, sales made, profits made and educative tutorials on farming. The second section will have our own portal where we shall be posting progress on all enlisted farmers. The web app will also help us store records on every farmer on board for easier retrieval through cloud hosting.

The My One-Farm solution works this way. Having on board an agronomist, sales and marketing experts, we shall offer services to enlisted existing farmers. Once a farmer registers with us, the following steps shall be taken:

  • We shall survey the land they have submitted to us, analyze the soil on their behalf to determine the nutrients and if it has any infection or pests and offer appropriate solutions.
  • Determine according to the weather in the said area and the season the most likely crop to be grown in that area,
  • We shall survey the area and come up with the best source of water harvesting so as to come up with an appropriate watering method and install it on behalf of the farmer.
  • After this using our expenses we prepare the land on behalf of the farmers, offer seeds and oversee the planting process with no costs to the farmer. These costs will later be deducted later on with no interests after successful sale of the produce.
  • After the planting is all done the farmer now is trained on how to take care of the plants and also submitting reports on the crops on timely basis to ensure they are well looked after.
  • After growth of the plants we shall market the produce and the sales made all the costs of production will be deducted from the sales and also a 10% of the total profit made. The process will be repeated only until the farmer is well equipped to manage the farm on his or her own or after the expiry of the contract signed.
  • http://goget.fund/2wNAVRm
  • RESULTS & FUTURE GROWTH.
    • Using our model we shall be able to convince many young farmers to involve themselves in farming especially those who see it as a dirty job as they role will be supervising, this will lead to increased food production hence fighting food insecurity.
    • With the use of soil sampling technology, good use of water by use of appropriate irrigation models shall ensure even during dry spells there is enough food production.
    • Those who lack funds to start profitable farming shall hugely benefit as they will be able to join us with a low fee and we shall fund the whole project for the specified years, they will in turn earn profits.
    • Use of improved farming methods will greatly increase food production hence lead to food security in Africa.
    • Our model will not only improve food security but will also create employment to youths hence eradicating poverty.
    • http://goget.fund/2wNAVRm

Ngecu Mucina says:

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Would you consider getting a specialist onboard in order to help you make this campaign a success?

Sep 13, 6:19AM EDT1

Yes i would very much appreciate that though the problem is it is hard to get a genuine specialist. Would be in a position to recommend any? Thanks

Sep 13, 8:44AM EDT0

Unfortunately I am not able to recommend anyone.  Have you contacted any so far and if so what is causing them to be hesitant in coming on board with this project?

Sep 14, 7:48AM EDT0

What in your view is the biggest hurdle about convincing people to farm again?

Sep 13, 5:48AM EDT1

The biggest hurdle is that many view farming as a dirty job especially the youths who all want office jobs. Which is not the case as it is currently one of the highest paying jobs currently.

Sep 13, 8:45AM EDT0

When unemployment is high and if farming is one of the highest paid jobs in Africa, what do you think is causing this attitude amongst the youths?

Sep 14, 10:10AM EDT0

Can you give some advice to people interested in launching their own crowdfunding campaigns?

Sep 12, 10:41PM EDT1

Personally this is my first crowdfunding therefor am yet to gain much experience but you can always give it a try.

Sep 13, 8:47AM EDT0
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What inspired you to come up with this idea?

Sep 12, 6:13PM EDT1

The inspiration came from the fact that many youths especially in Africa are unemployed leading to them engaging in evil things and drugs. I saw this as an opportunity to help them gain employment at the same time controlling another problem that is food insecurity. 

Sep 13, 8:50AM EDT0

Is crowdfunding just about money or are there other benefits?

Sep 12, 3:59PM EDT1

Its not only about money as your are able to get help on areas you can improve your idea and make it a better one.

Sep 13, 8:51AM EDT0
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Do you agree that children should be taught again what the name and the uses of plants and trees are and should it be compulsory at schools?

Sep 12, 3:43PM EDT1

Yes i think it should be done so that to implant the need of conservation of our precious environment.

Sep 13, 8:54AM EDT0

How educated are the people of Africa when it comes to conservation and environmental issues?

Sep 14, 12:47PM EDT0

What studies have you done to comeup with your solution?

Sep 12, 12:51PM EDT1

We did tranverse the country looking at the major teething problems affecting our nation and the top two were unemployment and food insecurity. Therefore having an idea that would eliminate both problems is an added advantage.

Sep 13, 8:59AM EDT0
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If your project is successful will you try and launch it internationally?

Sep 12, 6:43AM EDT1

Definately yes, as this will ensure that we do help more people and avert food insecurity crisis in the world at large.

Sep 13, 8:55AM EDT0

What do you feel the biggest benefits of Crowdfunding are?

Sep 12, 6:22AM EDT1

Managing to get more funding towards your target and also gaining more experience on the same. You are also able to learn alot of things from the more experienced players in business.

Sep 13, 9:04AM EDT0

I love your project! Have you seen the documentary "What the health" and do you think it mirrors some of the things that you are trying to re implement?

Sep 12, 3:57AM EDT1

Hello thanks for your compliment Stacey, i havent watched but i will make sure i try and watch it. I do hope i will manage to implement fully my idea to realisation.

Sep 13, 9:06AM EDT0

Does it cost anything to start a crowdfunding campaign?

Sep 12, 3:26AM EDT1

No for most cases it is free.

Sep 13, 9:06AM EDT0

Can you give me 5 reasons as to why you choose crowdfunding to launch your idea?

Sep 12, 2:03AM EDT1

What is Agribusiness anyway and how can it help students identify their passion in life and turn it into a career?

Sep 11, 10:29PM EDT1

What has been the role of agribusiness in developing countries, and how do they fit in their agricultural production processes and development?

Sep 11, 9:08PM EDT1

What are the challenges thrown up by the growing influence of these agribusiness firms, and how can their monopoly and unfair practices be regulated?

Sep 11, 8:08PM EDT1

What are your back-up plans if your crowdfunding campaign fails?

Sep 11, 6:32PM EDT1

Hello Grimes, my backup plans are raising funds through savings and bank loans and also we have government grants.

Sep 12, 7:13AM EDT0
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What is market concentration, and how does it affect trade and economy?

Sep 11, 6:26PM EDT1

Have you approached shops, retail outlets or charities to donate money or to donate products that could help you as incentives?

Sep 11, 6:02PM EDT1

Hello Erin Sanders, yes we have done so and the feedback is always positive.

Sep 12, 7:12AM EDT0

What advice would you give to anyone else looking to create their first crowdfunding project?

Sep 11, 5:55PM EDT1

Hello Marc, all i can say is i think its not an easy task am many may view it but it is worth trying.

Sep 12, 7:11AM EDT0

What are the distortionary influences of transnational and multinational agribusiness firms in international corporations, in agriculture?

Sep 11, 5:26PM EDT1

What part of the population do you think are the best candidates for funding a crowdfunding campaign?

Sep 11, 4:57PM EDT1

Hello Colefisher, i think the best population are the already established population group especially when it comes to startup funding as they will be able to decifer the kind of business which will pick up or which can be able to thrive.

Sep 12, 3:33AM EDT0

Will you be using natural seeds instead of GMO seeds?

Sep 11, 4:37PM EDT1

Hello Roberts, thanks for your question, yes i will be using natural seeds as GMO seeds in our country are a bit restricted due to their various effects.

Sep 12, 3:31AM EDT0

How long do you think it would take for this crowdfunding campaign to attain the goals you have?

Sep 11, 2:54PM EDT1

Hello Joseph Reeves, thanks for your question. It is my first time trying crowdfunding and i thought it would be an easy task however it seems to be a hard task reaching out to potential funders i therefore think it will take some time before i can attain the goals even though i have set up other financial measures incase this one doesnt work out well.

Sep 12, 3:30AM EDT0

What important lesson have you learnt from using crowdfunding so far?

Sep 11, 2:18PM EDT1

I have learnt it is sometimes not that easy as i thought ensuring that people believe in your concept and are able to fund for it.

Sep 12, 3:27AM EDT0

On hindsight, do you think you could have done something differently before presenting this project and if so what?

Sep 14, 3:18AM EDT0

How different do you feel your concept is compared to anything else out there right now?

Sep 11, 2:06PM EDT2

Hello Samantha, i feel my concept is difrent as there is no single entity around me which has the provisions we are offering. In most of the organisations i have looked at especially banks they will require securities to offer you loans and they wont mentor you on your agribusiness idea nor follow up as all they want is their monthly payments. On the other hand we have others offering to set up green houses on land they have bought but you will have to buy upfront huge amounts for the land even though they will manage the green houses for you.

Sep 12, 3:26AM EDT0

How much research did you do in regard to crowdfunding before you settled on this particular site?

Sep 11, 2:05PM EDT1

Hello Davisana, this is my first crowdfunding experience, i therefore was just trying to see if this channel will help me reach out more people.

Sep 12, 3:20AM EDT0

Can you share a link to your facebook, twitter, website please?

Sep 11, 1:18PM EDT1

Hello Ohamilton, my facebook account link is https://www.facebook.com/muchinasimon. Thanks.

Sep 12, 3:17AM EDT1

Are you considering to incorporate indigenous methods of farming - methods that have been used for generations?

Sep 11, 12:09PM EDT1

Hello Shilpa Amladi, yes we shall consider the indegenous methods as most of them as still applicable and very much economical compared to the new upcoming methods.

Sep 12, 3:19AM EDT0

Does your team include individuals who are graduates in Agribusiness?

Sep 11, 8:51AM EDT0

Hello Ricardo Sarcar, yes the team has a graduate in agronomy. This helps in making us understand some of the challenges faced in Agribusiness sector.

Sep 11, 8:54AM EDT1
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