Thank you OpenIDEO team. First, the project will focus on two communities namely Namisita, and Kamuli. And over the course of three years, we aim to reach 30-50 communities as we scale. Secondly, EYFI equip rural youth with the knowledge and skills to lift themselves from extreme poverty in a self sufficient manner. We are doing this by 1) training and advising them on the choice of produce such as fish farming, poultry production, organic ginger farming etc 2) by so doing, we are able to pool together these small farmers’ produce and create a market linkage for mass sales. EYFI also introduces Farmer Ownership Model. The importance of the Farmer Ownership Model is about unlocking the tremendous economic potential of agricultural commodities to give farmers a chance to move out of poverty. By unlocking opportunities for farmers to engage at higher levels of an agricultural commodity value chain, the Farmer Ownership Model not only increases incomes but brings fairness and equitable power relations along the value chain leading to creation of shared value for all involved actors to be winners to ensure sustainability. This also gives the small farmers an opportunity to have a combined production that can attract larger buyers—e.g. wholesale grocers and bottling companies—enabling the farmers to get better prices and high-value markets they couldn’t access before. Thirdly, Rainbow Gate Foundation will be responsible for implementing the idea. Comprising young, international teams from the areas of agriculture, marketing, design, science, technology, education and sustainability, our team has several years of experience working across Africa and a good team of volunteers present in Uganda to help make the idea successful. EYFI`s foundation is based on the full partnership with community-based organizations, such as farmer`s associations, cooperatives, forums and non-governmental organizations, to mobilize farmers and youth and to develop social capital.
Thank you Kate...Because there are so many potential societal benefits from biogas energy systems, we believe it makes sense to align public policy goals with business opportunity. Therefore as an organization, we will consider joint or co-ownership models in order to manage the project better and to achieve our long term goal of providing alternative source of energy to the people. This would allow local people and communities to have an ownership stake in the project and benefit from the financial return the renewable energy project provides. The co-ownership policy will include safeguards to ensure transparency and diversity of owners/shareholders and appropriate consultation with communities. To ensure development is appropriate to local areas, the take up of local shares would be a condition after which a development can proceed, and without which a development cannot. So far the community response has been positive and we are really looking forward to getting the needed funding for the project.