The production of Maize is the lifeblood of Africa. It’s the staple food of the majority, hence the immense importance of correct and efficient farming. This keeps the continent alive.
Impact Farming also realized that this method can be well executed on other crops.
Firstly, Impact Farming trains a potential training counselor at the head office in South Africa. Here they will be trained to become skilled Impact Farming farmers to take this method into Africa wherever the need presents itself.
These training counselors will then teach these farmers this method making sure that all the steps are rigidly followed. Once these farmers have achieved the success of good skills, management and a good crop yield, they will be enabled to teach this same method to their peers and communities in return, thus creating a multiplier effect.
The Impact Farming training initiative is divided into two phases. Our first goal is to teach the farmers the tried and tested Impact Farming method with their own piece of land.
As soon as these farmers are confident in their skill and have reached a place of profitability, phase 2 will be implanted. Phase 2 takes farming to a new level and beyond growing crops. This phase includes a livestock model that will transform them into large scale farmers with bigger revenue. Phase 2 of the Impact Farming initiative is a long term goal for the African populace
Each phase is briefly explained below:
It starts with a small piece of land – 10mx10m.The size of land will yield approximately 1000 corn cobs.
The farmer commits in giving his/her time, energy, land and man power. By doing this, we empower this farmer to become proud of his/her toil.
If this is successful and a harvest has been reaped, a bigger piece of land (50mx50m – ¼ Hectare) is entrusted to the farmer.
With this bigger piece of land, a potential yield of 1,5 tons of maize is possible.
For a family of six, 800kg of maize is needed for their daily food supply per year. Now the rest of the 1.5 ton (700kg) of maize can be sold for a profit.
Very strict methods and measurements are being used in this phase.
Phase 2 – long-term goal
Usually 10% of the trained farmers will continue in this manner. They will now be trained to become successful small scale farmers.
Because of their faithfulness, willingness and success in phase 1, they will now be introduced to livestock.
The same principles of Impact Farming will be used to teach these farmers the necessary management skills.
Phase 2 is one of Impact Farming’s future endeavors consisting of a micro-loan structure and giving the ability for these farmers to set up a small business.
This is the Chicken & Goat Model. Same principles – different components.
Chickens and goats are provided to a family on a micro-loan basis. A 7 weeks cycle is implemented to ensure breeding and sufficient management.
If executed correctly, the farmers will be able to provide protein for the family. This, in turn, will initiate a business by selling some of the livestock and then paying off their micro-loan.
Again, if this is shown to be successful, the farmer will be entrusted to more livestock and in return he/she will have the opportunity to become a thriving large scale farmer and business man.
Phase 2 will only be implemented once the farming of maize has shown to be successful with the trainee farmers.
All these phases are closely and intimately monitored by Impact Farming to ensure that every farmer is well equipped and well educated.
In this process of agricultural training and development, certain elements are required to make this process a thriving success
The cost will cover the following:
Trainers to teach the local village people
Transport & Travel costs
Production Costs per family (seed, equipment etc)
An average of 100 families are trained per year.
Admin charges of the training & development.
For every family that is successful in the application of this method, it will provide them with 1.5 ton of Maize. 800kg of corn is used for the family’s daily need per annum and 700kg can now be sold for a profit.
With 50 broiler chickens and 6 goats it will provide the monthly capital to sustain this model. When this model is doubled the family will have to opportunity to start a business and potentially become large-scale farmers.