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Cambodia rural agricultural enterprise project

Phnom Penh, Takeo Province, Cambodia 3 – 14 March 2008

Participants in the Cambodia YLP project worked with local organisation, CEDAC, to develop a business plan for their Natural-Agri-Product (NAP) venture. This initiative aims to establish an agro supply chain which produces and markets organic products such as rice, chickens, and vegetables to consumers in Cambodia and the Mekong Delta region – the participants decided to focus their business recommendations on rice farming. In the process Young Leaders explored how smallholder Cambodian farmers can improve their outlook through networks of local entrepreneurs and contribute to CEDAC’s adoption of a social enterprise operational model.

The business plan outlines the creation of a social enterprise to collect and trade the organic rice, creating a agro supply chain to increase the income of the farmers. For a visual overview of the programme please see the photo story and please refer to the round-up for a comprehensive review of the site visit.

 

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China project - biogas

Hebei, China 8 – 20 October 2007

In the Jingxian County in China's north-eastern Hebei province, participants explored issues including: renewable energy, sustainable farming, food supply chain management, environmental management and social revitalisation. Participants looked at Jinlong Agri-business who uses the biogas produced from pig waste to provide households with bio energy that cost much less than traditional energy and is better for the environment. In using the pig waste for biogas, it reduces the contamination of water courses and soil in the surrounding areas.

The business plan outlines an expansion plan for scaling up of the biogas production using pig waste to provide his community with a sustainable and cheaper source of energy. For a visual overview of the programme please see the photo story and please refer to the round-up for a comprehensive review of the site visit.

 

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The Pingzhang Programme in Yunnan Province, China followed on the progress of neighbouring Haitang Administrative Village where the inaugural YLP was held in 2006. Participants looked at the related efforts to secure international certification for Pingzhang, involving organic and NTFP recognition, which may be a first in China. There was a focus on the warehousing and packaging of cash crops, in particular walnuts and medicinal plants, which would allow farmers to meet seasonal variations to maximise profits as well as promoting distinctive handicrafts as souvenirs. The latter is arguably more fundamental as it can raise the status of Pingzhang’s women. The plan also included an initiative to certify organic non-timber forest products for sale in domestic markets and for export to Europe.

The business plan outlines the implementation plan to improve the livelihood of the villagers and the community has been created. The plan is created so that it can be easily replicated in other communities. For a visual overview of the programme please see the photo story and please refer to the round-up for a comprehensive review of the site visit.

 

        
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The Gir National Park and Sanctuary in Gujarat, India, was selected for the second YLP project. The project took into account the existing challenges to the conservation of the Gir forests, the threat to the endangered Asiatic lions, and realised that the tourist draw is central to hopes of a sustainable future for Chitrod and its inhabitants. Various areas were considered including the establishment of a village cooperative to develop new and sustainable avenues of revenue, sales of the traditional exquisitely spun handicrafts – usually made for dowries, and the development of stall-feeding systems for cattle herds to reduce over grazing and damaging the ecological balance within the park. 

The business plan recommends a series of short, medium, and long term goals to improve the livelihood of the villagers through tourism. For a visual overview of the programme please see the photo story of the site visit.

 
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The very first YLP was held in July and August 2006. The field project took Young Leaders to Haitang Administrative Village in Baoshan prefecture, Yunnan province, in China. Participants worked with farmers and the local NGO to develop a supply chain management strategy to enable villagers to sell their products at a fair price. The resulting plan also proposed governance structures so that the revenue generated can be used to finance the development of the community in a sustainable manner.

The participants learnt – among other things – that while money is crucial, it is only one component in a process of self-improvement.

“The programme made me understand that money is not the ultimate solution to poverty. Knowledge is paramount.”

The business plan outlined a strategy and implementation plan that will allow the villages of Yunnan to help create a self-reliant and sustainable future for themselves. For a visual overview of the programme please see the photo story and please refer to the round-up for a comprehensive review of the site visit.

 


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