YAP proposal #127: Feeding Around Me (El Hadji Ousmane KA, Senegal)

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I am El Hadji Ousmane KA, 34, from Dakar-Senegal. I am a technician in the management of a community farm, have certification in social enterprise, and a Bachelor in Proposal, Partnership and Project Management with Frasey Valley Faculty. I am studying a Bachelor in Entrepreneurial Management at Cheikh Anta Diop University. I have led many youth organizations, like AIESEC Senegal, where I was National President and represented my country in many others (Italy, Malaysia , Tunisia, etc.).

I did an internship in Bahrain with a group of young leaders for implementing social projects. I implemented successfully projects like GYES Green Young Entrepreneurship in Senegal supported financially by UN Habitat. I did collection data for a farmers’ organization and implemented a community farm for the youth of my village. Our government African Development Bank (BAD) supported this project. I led it successfully and it was shown on national and commercial TV (https://youtu.be/0wPbYWjI_Qo), where I called for youth to do same in their village by working in community farm, giving jobs to youth, and increasing productivity for food security.

What motivates me to implement Feeding Around Me

Women wake up early every day to go far from the village to buy fish and vegetables, and come back home very late to sell them to our community who wait them. Sometimes they did not find fresh food. They also receive low incomes from this work. Most of them don’t have access to land for production and have to feed kids going to school. Most of them are poor and don’t have so much money to develop other activities.

I propose to, as a group, make them a project that involves them and changes their situation by working from home. Through this project they will get financial and technical support and increase their productivity and income by working in a group.

What is the Feeding Around Me project about?

Feeding Around Me aims to produce crops and fisheries on one acre in my locality, in order to help women to produce and promote local food by and for themselves:

We going to organize the one acre in two parts:

First, they will grow fish in six aquariums and in every aquarium we will have two women. They will sell fish around our six villages where the population living is about 2,500 souls. And every village will have two representing women.

Second, they will produce crops, i.e. many varieties of vegetables (tomatoes, spcies, bissap, onion, etc.)

They will use waste water from the aquariums to grow crops. We want to avoid the gas pillage of water.

Women are organized in two groups:

Twelve women will produce and take care of crops and fish farming. Another group will buy from the farm community and sell the product in the local market.

We have one acre of land and water, and a partner who can provide us inputs for the production. We need just financial support from YAP funding to make construction of six aquariums (fishponds) for breeding fish.

This project can make a difference by giving women jobs, increasing their income, and feeding our community with healthy food from our community farm.

I propose they use one acre of my land, and have selected twelve women. Training and some agricultural inputs will be provided when we funds are available.

Budget:

Construction fish basin (aquarium)………………………………. USD 3,000.00

Construction products storage……………………………………..USD 1,400.00

Freezer……………………………………………………………………USD 600.00

Total……………………………………………………………………….USD 5,000.00

 

Blogpost and picture submitted by El Hadji Ousmane KA (Dakar-Senegal): ousmaneka312[at]gmail.com

The content, structure and grammar are at the discretion of the author only.

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