The new SEED case study series 2018 showcases how innoative eco-inclusive start-up enterprises in Africa shape sustainable development on the ground. The individual case studies are enhanced with short multimedia features that showcase the innovation, the partnership, the support from SEED and the overall impact of each enterprise.
This case study presents Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment (YICE),an eco-inclusive enterprise based in Western Uganda. YICE provides a variety of agricultural services to smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods. These smallholder farmers are often located in difficult to access communities and constrained by a lack of agricultural knowledge. To address this problem and fight food insecurity, YICE has trained a group of farm agents to act as YICE representatives and community leaders. The enterprise specifically targets youth and women to be trained as representatives. Innovative mobile technology developed by YICE’s partners provides smallholder farmers with access to key information on trainings, quality farm inputs, and fair market prices for produce. YICE aims to use this information and the provision of microloans to empower the local community to make better, more informed decisions at various levels of the farming value chain.
Further publications of the 2018 Case Study Series
- Belle Verte _ Creating sustainable communities in Mauritius through a closed-loop waste management system
- WASHking - Upgrading sanitation in low-income urban households in Ghana (Februar 2018)
- Unique Quality Product Enterprise - Empowering marginalised women in Ghana through reviving the cultivation of indigenous crops (Februar 2018)
- Sahelia Solar - Increasing clean and affordable energy access in rural areas in Burkina Faso (Februar 2018)
- Safi Organics - Empowering smallholder farmers in Kenya through an agricultural circular economy (Februar 2018)