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Lobebe AgriKonnect Molemi Le Morui Ba Jesa Sechaba (Farmers Feed the Nation)

To create and have a database of subsistence farmers in Botswana, producing value addale products to decrease imports and increase exports

Photo of Tebatso Godwin Jokonya
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Lead Applicant Organization Name

TGNJ Investments t/a Nginga Agri-Konnect Coonsultancy UIN: BW00000085006

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

NOT APPLICABLE

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Just beginning now

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Gaborone

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Botswana

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Kweneng District-35890km2 South East District-1780km2 Southern District-28470km2 Kgatleng District-7960km2 Total- 74100km2

What country is your selected Place located in?

Botswana

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I am personally from a village called Gabane in Kweneng District, where I grew up and developed my passion for farming. It is important for me to start and spread from home, it ill also be easier for me to secure land for our pilot projects. Kweneng fortunately borders Kgatleng, South-East and Southern District and more than half of my team are fro villages within these districts, thus it will be easier to expand our vision.  Kweneng District consists of various ethnic groups of people with distinct norms, customs and beliefs that are specific to each group.  Bakwena are predominantly the largest group and other groups include Bakgalagadi, Basarwa, Bakgatla, Bahurutshe and Balete.  Like elsewhere in the country, the different ethnic groups live in harmony with each other. I am connected to Keneng because I identify myself as a Molete, and I am willing to start where I am. Once it works, we move to other identified districts. 


Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Kweneng District is administered by the District Administration and District Council which are responsible for local administration. Manyana rock paintings, Livingstone's cave and Kgosi Sechele I Museum are some of the major attractions in the district. The vegetation type is Savannah, with tall grasses, bushes and trees. The annual precipitation is around 25ml, received during the summer season from November to May. Most of the rivers in the region are seasonal, with Metsimotlhabe river being the most prominent. Bakgalagadi forms the largest population of the western part and are largely pastoral farmers and practice arable agriculture at a small-scale level. Basarwa are found in the western and northwestern parts of the District.  Most of them now live in Remote Area Development settlements, of which some have been resettled from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and others from elsewhere within the District. 74Bakwena, Bakgatla, Bahurutshe and Balete occupy the southern and eastern parts of the District and practise arable farming and livestock rearing on a much larger scale as it is favorable. The general three tier Tswana settlement pattern of home, lands and cattle post is a common practice in Kweneng, although there are instances where lands and cattle posts are within one area.  There are indications, particularly in Kweneng East with the provision of  social services, suitable lands' area are converted to settlements. 

Kweneng District is rich in areas of pre-historic, historic, cultural, natural and scenic interest, few of which is protected from being destroyed and has permanent custodians.  For instance, the Aloe Forest west of Molepolole is of botanical and historical importance, yet the aloes are not protected.  There also exists Sechele’s Cave, located high in a rock outcrop along the Molepolole-Thamaga Road, which needs preservation.  The cave is said to have once housed tribal medicines.  Furthermore, the remains of stonewalls signifying old settlements can be seen over an area of two square kilometre at Dithejwane and Dithubaruba south west of Molepolole village.



What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)

74100

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

370950

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Commercialisation of agriculture is still a challenge in Botswana despite several initiatives and programmes government has introduced in the past. The agricultural sector performance is faced with many challenges in the form of livestock diseases outbreak, climate change and technological solutions which have affected the production and output of grains, beef and other commodities to drop over the years. Lack of infrastructure such as roads, electricity and telephones has been identified as a major challenge to farmers in the country. Roads are important for farmers to transport machinery to farms as well as produce to markets. The biggest challenges are land tenure, water and finance in agriculture, followed by failing partnerships, access to markets and strong value chains. We need solutions for farmers to sustainable produce food.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

By utilising some of the proven modern farming techniques and science-based solutions that are readily available, farmers can increase productivity, efficiency, and profitability while reducing malnutrition and enhancing food security. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) or Blockchain technology will be an integral part of making sure that our solution for low-scale farmers to really benefit from the agricultural value chain. It is a platform that allows designing a secure way to record transactions and circulate it among farmers, or any kind of target group with an Internet connection. Blockchain has the potential to improve financial management, logistics, traceability and transparency in food production chains and to enable the creation of new markets and products, thus it will enable us to deliver what we promise to these farmers. It can provide a single unalterable trust about the condition of a client's farm, inventory, contacts and important data on production. DLT can reduce inefficiencies while saving time, energy and money in the agribusiness value chain. It can be used to track products, to increase the yield and help farmers deliver quality products to food processors and consumers. Lobebe AgriKonnect will be a distributor who buys products from farmers to resell them to the retailers, consumers, food processors and ultimately export. We will recommend to subsistence farmers projects to venture into looking at the national and international demand of a certain farm products in order to make sure that they don't lose out. We will also rely on blockchain technology, which is a digital database that no one owns but anyone can contribute to. Business models based on blockchain are not owned or monitored by a single entity, they work on peer-to-peer interactions and record everything on a digital decentralized ledger. We will facilitate the registration, through blockchain to facilitate our target market, low-scale, most of whom have no access to internet or it's limited. The most promising application areas of blockchain technology in smallholder agriculture are remittances, land titles and
supply chains. We  will first offer our target market agribusiness: registration, planning, modeling. We want them to treat their farm ventures as viable and sustainable businesses. Their contacts and branding should always be up to date at all times. Our services include agritech solutions, farm visits and feasibility studies, project management, contract farming and joint ventures. Our main costs will logistics, warehousing and storage.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Our main goal is to create and have a database of farmers in Botswana producing value addable products which they can ultimately export, after solving our food insecurity issue. Within the next 5 years, we want to advise farmers on better agribusiness management practices related to their farm projects to maximize their production. This will be mainly to make Botswana food secure, then other African countries. This will be made possible by utilizing some of the policies agreed upon by African countries and their leaders for their people.

Our values include Integrity, accountability, commitment, social inclusion and community building.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

We help the subsistence farming community access modern farming techniques on their farm projects to ensure maximum production and reduce the risk of spoiled produce. Smallholder farmers first need to treat their ventures as viable and sustainable agribusiness ventures. We help them register businesses, identify the right projects to venture into and ultimately access to markets. The way subsistence farmers manage their different farm projects affects the quality, quantity and standards of the products they produce, thus the need to change their current management practices. We implement aquaculture, crop rotation, hydroponics, smart or sustainable farming, game farming, livestock management and technological approaches in their farm projects. Our target market includes low scale farmers, smallholder farmers and land owners.  We will rely on blockchain technology that has the ability to improve farm production processes, automization, digitalization, production, food tracking, processing and packaging. Blockchain will help us automate and digitize everything in our client's farms that has to do with record-keeping and quality control through sensors that will gather data in real-time. It improves traceability of animals and crops from the farm through value chains to the table and deliver better outcomes. It allows the farmer to know the status of their products right through the production process. Blockchain makes it possible subsistence farmers to monitor soil quality, animal and plant growth, irrigation and pests in a precise and highly efficient manner. The process of verifying products through certification becomes a lot faster and more effective as farmers will be well informed about their ventures. DLT allows for farm asset exchange, farmers can enjoy real-time transactions for instant payments to improve their overall agribusiness operations. It will help farmers deal with high amounts of perishable products in uncertain conditions and dramatically reduce the risk of spoilage. We will be facilitating, using blockchain to disrupt the agribusiness industry and solve some of the challenges facing modern day agriculture. We will be able WHO is producing or rearing WHAT, WHERE and then meet them on the HOW to increase the production and sales. Lobebe AgriKonnect will be a distributor who buys products from farmers to resell them to the retailers, consumers, food processors and ultimately export. We will recommend to subsistence farmers projects to venture into looking at the national and international demand of a certain farm products in order to make sure that they don't lose out. We will also rely on blockchain technology, which is a digital database that no one owns but anyone can contribute to. Business models based on blockchain are not owned or monitored by a single entity, they work on peer-to-peer interactions and record everything on a digital decentralized ledger. We will facilitate the registration, through blockchain to facilitate our target market, low-scale, most of whom have no access to internet or it's limited. The most promising application areas of blockchain technology in smallholder agriculture are remittances, land titles and
supply chains. We  will first offer our target market agribusiness: registration, planning, modeling. We want them to treat their farm ventures as viable and sustainable businesses. Their contacts and branding should always be up to date at all times. Our services include agritech solutions, farm visits and feasibility studies, project management, contract farming and joint ventures. Our main costs will logistics, warehousing and storage.

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hi Tebatso: Good afternoon from India. Nice submission. will love to learn if your farmers are facing water shortage in summer and winter? Are they having their rainy period crops disturbed due to water logging or flood in monsoon period? If yes then we will love to help you. For last 30 years we are working in this subject. we are helping our smallholders with our World Bank, UNFCCC, Securing Water for Food (USAID) and Millennium Alliance (DFID) awarded innovation BHUNGROO which saves farmers from drought and flood, doubles farmers income and improves soil fertility. Will love to give you our innovation BHUNGROO. It will be our poor farmers' gift for your farmers. We can guarantee the result within 1 year. we are currently helping more than 100000 farming families across India, SEAsia, EAsia & Africa. We have also designed Youth Climate Leaders and Women Climate Leaders programs. I am sure both will add strength to your endeavor.
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