The region is largely rural and has the highest levels of poverty (68% to 88%), hunger, malnutrition and migration of youth; aggravated by climate change. The region is predominantly agrarian with a single raining season and low soil nutrients resulting into low productivity, increased vulnerability to climate change impact. The use of agro chemicals and inappropriate use of farm practices such as slash and burn, felling of trees are being used which affects the soil and eco-system. Youth unemployment is as high as 48% with most of the youth engaged in farming using poor sustainable farm practices. This is also the case because there are no alternative diversified livelihoods or businesses for the youth. The introduction of this social enterprise model center will serve as a learning and business opportunity for the youth and women in the region which is sudan – savanna ecological zone.
The project will adopt a social enterprise approach in promoting green jobs in the region by establishing a business incubation center modeling “integrated fish –vegetables (aquaponic) system”. The center will establish models fish farms where the waste water generated will be used as source of water and organic fertilizer to for vegetables production. Training and business incubation will be provided to the youth who want to start their own green businesses. The center will bring technical experts from government units and the private sector as well as academia and research to provide evidence based business trainings and start up support services. The center will also have energy saving stoves for processing and will provide trainings to the youth and women. Annually, 200 youth will be trained and supported.
Overall objective of the project is to develop the capacities of local farmers to invest in sustainable agro-ecological farming practices which combine fish farming with vegetable and honey production.
Project inception and commissioning
Procure and construct Green Jobs Integrated Fish – Vegetables farming (aquaponic) model social center
Green Jobs Integrated Fish – Vegetables farming (aquaponic) model social center established:
-Energy saving stoves
-Training hall + equipment
Develop and utilize center training and visibility materials
Training and visibility materials on social center developed and in use
Procure equipment for project management
-Set of table and chair
Upscaling Aquaponics for Secured Food Security and Resilient Communities (Aquaponics technology). This project integrates fish and vegetable farming thus, Securing jobs for women and the youth by improving their income and ensuring food security and nutrition for all.
The project is to develop the capacities of local farmers to invest in organic agro ecological farming practices which combine fishing farming with vegetable and crop cultivation.
Aquaculture has a very high potential in creating incomes and jobs for women and youth.
It promotes environmental sustainability & has the potential for up scaling to more communities.
Strengthen social networks as it adopts the group approach .