Nyasha freeman is an innovative, focused and strategic entrepreneur aged 26.He is an Agricultural economist based in Zimbabwe who is involved in enhancing energy and food security in rural setups. As part of my plight to seek sustainable solutions to effects of climate change among smallholder farmers, have pitched and showcased innovative methods I have developed on my small plot in Marondera area of Zimbabwe. These platforms are – the“My Zimbabwe challenge” and the Innovation Barraza.
My idea on renewable energy access was nominated as one of the top 40 most innovative ideas of 2015.
I am an individual who strive to emancipate women and youths through increasing smallholder farm productivity and improve access to financial services and market access. I am also inspired to improve youth business opportunities along the agricultural value chain.
As a young poultry farmer utilising a small land size, I have developed a farming system I have termed as Energised farming that effectively seek to engage in food and energy production plus value addition with a thrust on making small land sizes embark on farming activities that guarantee households with energy, income and household nutrition at the same time maintaining soil fertility.
The idea utilises small livestock husbandry, vermi composting and short seasoned crops to create a bio-cycle that affords the user access to biogas, biofertilisers, animal protein and horticultural products with all the waste material being fed back into vermi composting.The system presents an opportunity for small land sizes to embark on organic feed and meat production which has potential for high returns per unit area of production.
Energised farming aims to generate income through the sale of bio fertilisers, horticultural produce and livestock products. The project supplements to environmental conservation through engaging in Apiculture production as part of efforts to utilise the presence of flowering crop species in enhancing preservation of economically viable insects. The output is then value added to produce products that further provide a reliable alternative source of income in form of products- leather shoe polish, wax candles, lip balms to mention a few.
As a young poultry farmer who is actively engaged in layers hens and Quail birds’production, embarking on energised farming will allow fellow smallholder farmers to achieve self sufficiency at the same time creating clean and reliable sources of energy for household and farm use. This presents them with the opportunity to fight off the adverse effects of climate change, through the resourceful utilisation of the natural resources at their disposal.
My vision to see smallholder farmers being actively involved in viable income generating projects motivated me to come up with the energised farming idea. My long term goal lies with creating a solid link between energy access, income creation, food and nutritional security in Sub Saharan Africa.
The project also aims to help communities conserve natural resources at the same time divert their attention from deforestation inducing cash crops such as tobacco which has led to severe depletion of indigenous forests and eutrophication in rivers.
Coupling with the already existing infrastructure plus equipment,an amount between USD$3500 and $4500 is required for energised farming to be fully functional. The amount is targeted on construction of a medium sized bio gas digester, connections and the purchase of breeding stock to maintain viable livestock levels to support the project. The amount is also to be utilised in the importation of quality earthworms, marketing, packaging and branding material.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Nyasha Freeman Musikambesa (Zimbabwe) – nyashafreeman(at)gmail.com
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