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