To combat the appalling levels of poverty across Africa, Seed Their Need has been built on the promise of $50 funding a family farm that is able to reproduce itself.
Our goal is to kick-start 3000 additional farms in 2018.
We estimate that around 1400 of these will be financed by our farmers’ grant repayments. Our goal is that the remainder (around 1600) will be funded by our partners. The cost of establishing those 1600 farms is an economical AU$80,000.
Based on current expectations and results, it will mean we will have established in total an excess of 4000 farms by the end of 2018.
Establishing fledgling one acre farms and combining it with government subsidies to help them expand, provides an unlimited growth potential and a powerful weapon against the black hole of poverty. Our goals are lofty, but achievable. Seed Their Need recognizes that the need for independent farming in Zambia has never been greater.
We are losing the war against hunger.
Nearly one in nine people worldwide are chronically undernourished, and 3.1 million children die of malnutrition each year.
Hunger and poverty go hand in hand. Let us see the effects of hunger in these 4 areas: Health: Hunger and malnutrition make the body weak and vulnerable to diseases and infections as the body does not have the fuel to build muscle and fight off infections.
Of the 815 million people suffering from chronic hunger, 98 percent live in the developing world. Unlike famines that receive emergency-aid, chronic hunger is a silent, invisible, day-after-day condition. Hunger, poverty and food prices are inextricably linked.
To end hunger and poverty, the United Nations estimates that the world will need to produce 60% more food by 2050 than it does today. Potential farmers are perfectly positioned to meet that need – but they require assistance in order to meet this challenge. We aim to be the assistance they require.
How can we possibly accomplish this?
Our project, based in Zambia, takes advantage of the availability of unused tribal land. Through the chief, this traditional land can be given to members of the village community for farming.
Professional training is provided. Interest free grants are then allocated for basics such as seed and fertilizers. Women are the primary recipients of training and farming equipment. Due to the current position women have as primary carers of the household, many take it upon themselves to lead farming initiatives with their own families.
After harvest, the loan is repaid in the form of seed and provides the finances for another farm. This cycle can then continue, year after year.
As stated earlier, out of a total 3000 farms funded, around 1400 of these will be financed by our farmers’ grant repayments. Our goal is that the remainder (around 1600) will be funded by our partners.
Another important aspect of the program is a 20% donation made directly to funding other farmers. You can read more about that and other sustainable methods employed under ‘Self Sustainability’.Self Sustainability
Even though this project is overcoming previous black holes, billions of dollars will be required to kick-start this throughout the nation.
For this project to totally relieve poverty in Africa, overseas donations will not be enough. Funds need to be raised from within the country. Therefore our goal is to eventually make Seed Their Need Zambia a model … a self-sustaining program.
To achieve this we will be seeking out potential farmers who not only want to help themselves, but have empathy for the plight of those living in porverty.
They will have a heart to help them … just as they were helped. They will become our national partners.
As a provision of receiving their own interest free grant, each new farmer will agree to donate 20% of their harvest towards funding another farm. This will build a sense of self-worth and fulfillment in them, knowing they have done their part in changing the destiny of their country.
Farmers are able to afford this because the modern techniques they are taught increases production. This includes the often neglected necessities of Compound D and Urea fertilizers.
This will eventually allow overseas donations to kick-start Seed Their Need in another African nation.
Having a one acre farm will provide for the family with perhaps some left over for other provisions. e.g. a goat to provide milk.
Each farmer now has the potential to expand and provide food for others. Proven and successful farmers can apply for subsidized seed from the government.
This can only operate if 100 endorsed farmers form a co-operative.
Over 90% of our farmers are successful.
Seed Their Need form these into these co-operatives which enable them to access seed at subsidized prices.
Seed is subsidized at a rate of 50% for the initial two years and then 100% subsidy can be applied for.
It provides the incentive to enlarge their farm to 2 acres or more. This means they will be supplying not only their own families, but providing food for others .
Establishing fledgling one acre farms and combining it with government subsidies to help them expand, provides an unlimited growth potential and a powerful weapon against the black hole of poverty.
What can you do?
You can become a partner with Seed Their Need in defeating hunger and poverty.
To cover all the overheads required to start a farm is only AU$50. With this tax deductible gift, you’ll be able to fund farms now and into the future sparking what we hope will be the catalyst for the changing of lives and communities within Zambia.