Welcome to Our Innovation Hub
Here at FYI we believe in supporting and funding great Ideas. Our Innovation Hub is our access center of projects we have worked on and an open invitation for the public to come forth with new ideas on Building capacities, job creation, people Empowerment and increasing incomes. We aim to develop and expand community enterprises. Click here to see on overview of our projects.
Media Outreach Program and New Approaches
The plan was to share the broadcasts with other stations besides Radio Bakhita, City FM, EYE- FYI extended this to those radio stations with country-wide coverage. Twenty-four smallholder farmers were selected from six existing cooperatives that currently receive investment grants from FYI; four representatives were selected from each cooperative. This was our approach when engaging farmers with round table discussions and talk show sessions. All of the twenty-four farmers’ representatives participated in round table discussion with few members identified to go for talk show sessions- Also this is provided for in the PMP that was shared earlier on April 16th, 2018
Farmers need correct knowledge about many aspects of farming to improve their effectiveness and yields. Media outreach can play a key role in raising productivity by offering technical advice, helping farmers identify problems and opportunities, and sharing information and skills through text message exchange. In 2018, FYI code-named a WhatsApp group for easy interaction, each farmers’ group had a contact person acting as a coordinator to receive and share information to the group. This technique was tried in Kenya and India and has helped farmers very well. The main factors for discussion using WhatsApp groups key farming recipes, Factors affecting successful farming and what hinders farmers to access market and information to better market price.
SMS Text (Zain/MTN)
In 2018, as part of media outreach program aiming to support small farmer cooperatives increase their access to reliable information about agriculture, Radio was the best platform to reach a broader and more local target audience as it was widely accessible, inexpensive and the best platform to facilitate the flow of information for building agriculture knowledge and finance among farmers. We Partnered up with MTN and Zain to launch short, informed text messages to be broadcasted on users of these phone-line users. A total of 32 SMS were developed, 4 SMS each month targeting all of MTN/ZAIN subscribers for a period of eight months.
FYI Grant Selection and Funding Overview
Majority of FYI’s Farmer enterprise projects grants in South Sudan were provided by the USADF (United States African Development Foundation) which provides direct funding to community based organizations such as FYI, supporting Enterprise Development (ceiling of $100,000) and Enterprise Expansion (ceiling of $250,000). The model to your right is the blueprint used by the USADF when selecting their grantees which FYI has incorporated in our beneficiary selection process.
Foundation for Youth Initiative is a youth focus national NGO founded in 2011. In scope, it’s a small Foundation but effective in delivering services to unprivileged communities in South Sudan. In the past, FYI has worked on projects with PACT, Justice Africa, and International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Canada High Commission, Embassy of Norway and the Embassy of Denmark. Currently, it partners with InterNews and United States African Development Foundation(USADF) (other Partners listed below).
It is managing a Community Development Institutions Program with the funding that goes beyond emergency interventions. The grants from USADF support over eleven smallholder farmer cooperatives in South Sudan whose total membership size shots over 10,000. Our NGO is opened to creating more partnerships in order to achieve our aims. Partner with us here.
The USADF program in South Sudan is currently concentrating in the Greater Equatoria region, comprising of the following states: Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria and Western Equatoria. In year 3 as per our strategic plan, USADF and FYI will revisit this strategy with the possibility of extending to additional states.
It's program focuses on cassava, sesame, groundnuts and vegetables. A limited number of projects will be considered in value chains outside of these four commodities particularly gum Arabic, Shea nuts, coffee and other strategic commodities.
“Many of us farmers especially at the subsistence farming level do not understand weather and season, we end up planting crops either late or generally at the wrong time which has completely led to major loses in our businesses. However, access to information related to seasons of the rain in South Sudan through the expert training has helped immensely. Now I can proudly say I am able to know what time of the year I have to plant a specific crop for its successful growth. I am able to tell which crops will be destroyed by heavy floods and which can with stand it, this has helped a lot as it has led to improved yields and production which means that we are taking much more than before to the market and making reasonable profits. Thank you!!! Foundation for Youth Initiative …”Mrs. Angela Venusto
“Before starting up in Juba, I was based in Mundri, There; we did not know that there are organizations like FYI who help farmers grow through information sharing on best farming practice. Ever since I joined this farmers project there has been a big change, previously I was looking for how I can get information relating with modern methods for farming to improve my production but through FYI we were able to get proper training, coaching and techniques that has changed everything, we are now able to use the information we have acquired through their roundtables discussion and radio talk show program, Mr. Samson added through the knowledge I got from agricultural experts provided by FYI during training on how to do a land preparation before planting, crop management, storage and even marketing, I am now training farmers in my very own cooperative society and networking with other farmers in different societies to exchange ideas. Not only that, I am now able to determine when my goods can provide competition in the market and therefore bring a better profit”Samson Arap
“Life was hard before accessing FYI farmers program, Getting access to information related to farming best practices and how to overcome some challenges facing us farmers was not possible and we never had any organization that will bring us farmers from different locations together so that we can share information among ourselves. Our production was always very low and what goes to the market would not bring back profit, but through the training I received with FYI done in forms of roundtable discussions and radio talk shows I was able to network with other farmers’ brain storm and get ideas from them on how to protect crops from weeds, pest and diseases especially the fallen army worm that gave me headache. “My farm’s main products are maize, millet and sorghum. The experts provided to me by FYI helped polish my knowledge on modern methods of farming and now I can smile I am doing much better, and I appreciate FYI so much for their gesture to advance agriculture in South Sudan
.Mr. Sebit Lam
“Sharing information is one of the best means of making farming activities more effective and benefiting as this has become the only option for us, without it, we can’t survive especially with the current crisis in the country. The information sharing platforms that we ‘re currently getting engaged will help us know the best agriculture practices, pests and disease control and information about market prices for our farm is our life”Ms. Swaka
“It has really been a successful year of farming and harvesting. A few seeds from the low production in the previous year was what we used. We planted approximately 1 bag of ‘Full Sudan’ groundnuts which was equivalent to 20kg and the result of what we have harvested so far is impressive. This success is due to good information we received from FYI about good and accurate timing of the rain, good land preparation, and the knowledge gained from FYI training sessions on crop management. Weeding was done at the right time and we also had information on what to do should our plants be attacked by pest and diseases”Mrs. Makileta Luka
Plot No. 60 & 61, Hai Thoura
Buluk – Hai Thoura Road, Juba, South Sudan