Eco Post harvest training center (E-PHTC)
Post harvest training of youth to feed the future.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Our idea is to develop a post harvest training center for youth in agriculture. The youth will not be interested in investing in agriculture if they will be making severe losses due to post-harvest challenges as is the case with many farmers. Training them in ways, skills and practices of good handling of agricultural produce to reduce losses along the value chain will help the youth manage their produce better and spot other opportunities to grab in order to obtain substantial income to keep them in agriculture. This centre will be a practical / hands on training center for the youth. Where they will be practically trained to obtain skills as well as knowledge of handling produce along the value chain. The skills will include production, entrepreneur, financial and management. At the center there will be structures, machines, equipment and crops required for youth to work with during the training. The center will demonstrate appropriate technologies, tools and services in marketing and postharvest handling. This can further un veil opportunities for the youth in fabrication, processing and other value addition activities.
We will bring various stakeholders on board, but the financial institutions will be key to help start a loaning scheme for the trained youth. Those that spot an opportunity or pick on a technology and require capital to implement; will be recommended to the lending institution to acquired start up loan. Proper payback procedures will be put in place.
1. The youth in agriculture
They will gain skills and knowledge to foster what they are already doing in agriculture
2. Graduate unemployed youth
These will obtain skills and will be assisted to spot and take opportunities in the agricultural value chain
3. Small holder farmers
The trained youth will offer skills and services to these farmers.
Youth trying his luck in tomato production
Small scale pineapple farmer at his field
Graduate youth selling agricultural produce in one of the markets
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU
Hadijah and Sylvia are professional business oriented people with a high interest in contributing positively to the horticultural value chain. We are working out innovations on production, post-harvest handling and marketing of fruits & vegetables through our company EcoLife Foods.
WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?
EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)
Yes, for more than one year.
EXPERTISE IN SECTOR
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year
Home gardens as another way to obtain some income for school going children to learn agriculture skills at home.
Animal feed production as another opportunity in agriculture
Good quality produce needed by the middle class population growing in Uganda. The youth can tap into this opportunity
Green house production for year around produce in the climate change error
Need finding to customise activity and innovation products to the needs of the farmers
some of the farmer groups that we have interacted with
Training of farmers
Focus group discussions on dynamics in production