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GLUT-STOP- A Market Reorganizer

Service/app that organizes farmers and their produce into selling groups to prevent market glut that leads to low prices at harvest.

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WHO BENEFITS?

Farmers would benefit because they will have better access to information as to where to sell their products. Farmers would be in a better position to negotiate better prices. Also prospective buyers seeking for farm produce could locate farmers via the application.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

Nigeria. Over 70% of the population is involved in farming.

ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?

  • Yes

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU!

I am based in Nigeria. I grew up in Northern Nigeria which supplies about 70% of Nigeria's food. I studied Agriculture as a first degree and had the privilege of working with mentors on some agricultural development projects. I work with some IT experts but I am also open to more collaboration

One of the main ways farmers try to combat waste and spoilage is by quickly selling off their farm produce at nearby markets at low prices. This usually leads to a market glut that results in too much food than the market demands. There is therefore need to reorganize the market and the farmers to prevent glut and achieve higher prices. 

A key way to do this is by :

1. Finding other markets with a higher demand for certain farm produce- preferably where production of such farm produce is low.

2. Locating and assigning farmers to sell to certain markets. This would involve organizing farmers into various groups that sell only to certain markets.

This would widen the prospective markets for farmers, reduce glut and increase prices, hence improving their financial position.

Glut-Stop involves a service, an application that combines database management and information and intelligence systems to locate farmers and enroll them; locate markets, buyers and enlist them; Negotiate Prices and Match Farmer groups to buyers. 

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Photo of Hala Chaoui
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hi Jenny, it's impressive how the idea was inspired by women who self-organized to sell fish without competing in a self-defeating way. Back in Lebanon I was always taught that true solutions are local ones. Do you think that creating small mobile markets would help prevent market glut as well? This is the idea of having pick up trucks stop in certain neighborhoods and sell produce from their truck bed. The sale rendez-vous could be in response to customer requests, by sms. Customers could also join a mail list and be alerted of the truck-bed produce sale by sms. 

Photo of Jenny Adaobi
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That's would be a very good especially if it is consistent and people know the trucks will always be available. Very good idea, I must say.

Photo of Hala Chaoui
Team

I'm  glad you think so! The idea is actually inspired from how small farmers used to sell produce in Lebanon, back before cell phones were available. They used to show up before the morning rush hour and call out their produce on speakers; "potatoes, come get your potatoes"! That was before bad traffic quenched these old ways of doing business there. The running joke was that the farmer's call happened too early. Of course sms or email eliminates the sound nuisance issue.

I imagine running a pilot project would generate ideas on how to best run such a project. I've worked on some logistics projects in the past, so if you ever want to brainstorm I would be happy to.  

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