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Eatbeta International Foundation Evangelize Africa Through Business Empowerment and Transformation of Agriculture (EATBETA)


The Eatbeta Initiative Through business empowerment and transformation of agriculture, rural unemployment and food shortage problems in sub-Saharan Africa can be tackled and livelihoods of rural communities can be improved. Our approach involves working with a rural Church to setup a training-demo center which trains local smallholder farmers in business skills and modern agriculture techniques. Smallholder farmers make up the largest percentage of the rural population in sub-Saharan Africa, however, they are not growing and harvesting enough for their own consumption or extra to sell for income generation. Insufficient harvests are attributed to: lack of quality seeds, poor agricultural practices, lack of irrigation, lack of fertilizers, lack of farm equipment, and a general lack of crucial complementary agriculture-related necessities such as processing, storage, and transportation. Eatbeta, through a variety of programs, is focused on tackling rural unemployment and food shortage problems in Sub-Saharan Africa while empowering smallholder farmers, especially the women and the youth, in business skills and modern agriculture techniques. We welcome you to our efforts to alleviate rural unemployment and food shortage problems in sub-Saharan Africa. We want to support smallholder farmers in their communities as they address rural unemployment and food shortage problems through agricultural development. By engaging with smallholder farmers, we can work together to ultimately eliminate rural unemployment food shortage problems. Eatbeta primarily relies on volunteer experienced farmers, from world over, to provide hands-on training to rural African farmers in quality crop farming, animal farming, using farm equipment, etc. These short-term training programs are designed to last for about 7 to 14 days during summer and fall seasons. After the training program, volunteers are treated to a four-day safari excursion to some of Africa’s unforgettable and breathtaking sites.

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EVANGELIZE AFRICA THROUGH BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT AND TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE (EATBETA)


Vision Evangelize Africa through business empowerment and transformation of agriculture (EATBETA).

Mission Transform rural livelihoods by alleviating unemployment and food shortage.

Objectives 

Train rural smallholder farmers in transformational business skills.

Mobilize and provide micro funds to smallholder farmers at affordable terms.

Advocacy for creating smallholder farmers’ cooperatives in rural communities.

Enhance farmers’ skills in quality crop/animal farming and in using farm equipment.

Supply quality seeds to rural smallholder farmers to help boost crop production.

Avail fertilizers and irrigation schemes to rural smallholder farmers.

Provide transportation for rural smallholder farmers to transport harvests to markets.

Enable and empower rural smallholder farmers to market their farm harvest.

Setup silos and storages for use as harvest collection centers and quality checkpoints.

Enable rural smallholder farmers gain access to farm equipment.

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Evangelize Africa Early Missionary Work (Background) During early missionary work in sub-Saharan Africa, the early missionaries saw a critical and pressing need to establish schools and hospitals because illiteracy and diseases were the biggest and most prevalent problems in Africa at the time. Those early church missionaries tirelessly embarked on establishing a host of schools and hospitals, many of which are still standing and operational to this present day.

New Pressing Problems Sub-Saharan Africa is now facing a new set of pressing problems; namely: rural unemployment and food shortage. These problems pose complex economic and social consequences such as poverty, malnutrition, STD infections, corruption, high crime, unplanned births, premature death, etc. To tackle these nagging problems, it will take concerted effort from both government and non-government organizations.

Today's Evangelistic Opportunity The early missionaries used the opportunity of establishing schools and hospitals as a platform to evangelize and spread Christianity in Africa. Today, the Christian community has a much greater opportunity to evangelize Africa by joining in the effort to tackle rural unemployment and food shortage. Through business empowerment and transformation of agriculture, rural unemployment and food shortage problems in subSaharan Africa can be tackled and livelihoods of rural communities can be improved. Our approach involves working with a rural Church to setup a training-demo center which trains the local smallholder farmers in business skills and modern agriculture techniques. Working with a rural Church becomes a conduit to reach out to the community with the message of the gospel, as the local farmers come to benefit from a wide variety of programs provided by Eatbeta.

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EVANGELIZE AFRICA THROUGH BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT AND TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE (EATBETA)


We believe that the Christian community has a much greater opportunity to evangelize Africa by joining in the effort to tackle rural unemployment and food shortage. 5


Business Empowerment Due to lack of business and entrepreneurial skills, people in rural communities do not engage in meaningful business and economic activities; hence, the result is a persistent vicious cycle of poverty. We believe that business empowerment of smallholder farmers can help to tackle rural unemployment and improve livelihoods of rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Our three business empowerment strategies include: business skilling, cooperatives advocacy, and micro financing. Our approach involves working with a rural Church to setup a training-demo center which trains and engages the local smallholder farmers in the aforementioned business empowerment strategies.

Business Skilling Rural communities often lag behind their urban counterparts because of lack of business and entrepreneurial skills. Since a majority of rural communities depend on agriculture for their livelihood, they need skills in: adding-value to farm produce, marketing, planning, budgeting, and supplementary skilling (in technical skills such as carpentry, sewing, weaving, bricklaying, or welding) to complement farm income, especially, during non-farming seasons. Eatbeta's goal is to train rural smallholder farmers in the above mentioned business skills.

Cooperatives Advocacy By working together, rural smallholder farmers can access better prices and market for their farm harvests; and as a larger organized group, farmers can be able to solicit sizeable funding for things like: seeds, fertilizers, irrigation, farm equipment, crop processing, harvest storage, and crop transportation; which often require considerable capital outlay. Eatbeta's goal is to promote the importance of cooperatives and be an advocacy for creating smallholder farmer's cooperatives in rural communities.

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EVANGELIZE AFRICA THROUGH BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT AND TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE (EATBETA)


Micro Financing One of the ways to empower rural farming communities is availing them with immediate access to affordable micro funds to enable them monetarily facilitate their micro businesses or farming projects. Micro funds are often needed by rural smallholder farmers in order to: purchase seeds and fertilizers, add value to farm produce, and transport products to the market or processing centers. Eatbeta's goal is to mobilize and provide micro funds ($50 to $200) to smallholder farmers at affordable and reasonable terms–that are not provided by traditional financial institutions.

We believe that business empowerment of smallholder farmers can help to tackle rural unemployment and improve livelihoods of Africa's rural communities. 7


Transform Agriculture Agriculture has been, and is still, the dominant sector in the rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa; however, a larger percentage of this sector is still carried out at a subsistence level on fragmented pieces of land. As a result, output levels have remained very low –which has greatly contributed to the prevalence of rural unemployment and food shortage. There is a critical need to transform agriculture; specifically, if modern farming techniques are adopted, agriculture can certainly generate meaningful rural employment and can increase food production. By pursuing a variety of programs, aimed at transforming agriculture in rural communities, livelihoods of rural smallholder farmers can greatly improve in the long run. Our approach to this pursuit involves working with a rural Church to setup a training-demo center which trains rural smallholder farmers in modern agriculture techniques. However, the training program by itself cannot result into a comprehensive transformation of agriculture; most rural smallholder farmers need a helping hand in obtaining: seeds, fertilizers, transport for their farm produce, market for their farm produce, and farm equipment. Thus, besides providing the training program, Eatbeta avails rural smallholder farmers with: seeds supply, fertilizers & irrigation, harvest transport, market procurement, and farm equipment. Women, in particular, are the target group to benefit from these programs because they 8

comprise the largest percentage of the workforce in rural agriculture, but they often lack access to, and control over resources. Women guarantee livelihoods, especially in rural areas; and as a result, their participation in Eatbeta's programs is certainly a great opportunity to tackle rural unemployment and food shortage.

Agritourism Have you ever thought of visiting Africa and enjoy unforgettable sites and weather? Well, here is one-of-a-kind chance. Eatbeta International Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose vision is to transform agriculture in Africa by training rural smallholder farmers. Eatbeta primarily relies on volunteer experienced farmers, from world over, to provide hands-on training to rural African farmers in quality crop farming, animal farming, using farm equipment, etc. These short-term training programs are designed to last for about 7 to 14 days during summer and fall seasons. After the training program, volunteers are treated to a four-day safari excursion to some of Africa’s unforgettable and breathtaking sites.

Farm Equipment The handheld hoe (jembe) is still largely the main traditional tool used on rural farmlands across subSaharan Africa; as a result, intensive crop production has generally remained very low and of poor quality. With an increasing need to boost food production and food security, to avert food shortage and hunger in Africa, the use of modern farm equipment is now an urgent priority. The overarching reason why farmers do not purchase farm equipment

EVANGELIZE AFRICA THROUGH BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT AND TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE (EATBETA)


is none other than lack of funds. Commercial banks are generally not interested in lending to rural smallholder farmers, and the bank interest rates are far too high for farmers to use bank loans effectively. Eatbeta's goal is to transform rural farming by enabling smallholder farmers gain access to the necessary farm equipment, as well as providing the appropriate training in operating the farm equipment.

Farmer Training At the training-demo center, rural smallholder farmers are provided with experiential and skills-based training in sustainable modern farming techniques that are relevant to the local region. For instance, if rice is the main agricultural crop of the local region, training and agri-skilling will focus on utilizing modern techniques for rice farming. Farmers get handson training by learning from expert farmers and agricultural trainers. This experiential hands-on learning environment provides the farmers with real and

diverse sustainable modern farming skills. Working closely with experts in the field, the training program is designed to cover essential topics that would enhance a farmer’s skills in quality crop farming, animal farming, and in using farm equipment. To ensure that the training is effective, Eatbeta's training staff create a schedule to visit the trainee's farm site and monitor the progress of the farming activity in which training is being offered, and to see to it that the acquired agri-skills are properly and factually implemented.

Harvest Transport A majority of rural smallholder farmers in subSaharan Africa heavily use manual means, dominated by head-loading and walking, to transport their farm harvests to the market or processing centers. This means of transportation often results in harvests being unable to reach the market on time; as a result, farm harvests perish due to lack of quicker and swifter transportation means.

We believe that modern farming can transform rural agriculture and help to tackle rural unemployment and food shortage in sub-Saharan Africa. 9


Seeds Supply

Although road access and road networks are enormously improving across sub-Saharan Africa, there is still an inherent lack of motorized transportation in the rural areas to enable farmers swiftly transport their farm harvests. At a reasonable fee, to cover fuel and driver costs, Eatbeta's goal is to provide transportation for rural smallholder farmers to transport their farm harvests to the market or processing centers in a timely manner.

Market & Storage Rural smallholder farmers often fail to market their farm harvests due to various reasons: poor quality products, lack of access to markets, lack of steady crop supply, and a general lack of market information. Eatbeta's goal is to enable and empower rural smallholder farmers to market their farm harvests. This is accomplished by identifying buyers; training farmers to improve product quality and adding value to harvests before they are marketed; and providing a database for information on current market availability and prices for agricultural products. Eatbeta's goal is to setup silos and storage centers at each of its training -demo centers to use as collection centers for harvested grain. These silos and storage centers serve several purposes, including: storage hubs for excess harvest, holding centers while market is being procured, harvest-quality checkpoints, and a buffer to ensure a constant supply of grain for the market or processing centers. 10

To improve food production, it is important that rural farmers have access to quality seeds. However, due to lack of funds and the inability to save seeds from the usually meager crop harvests, rural farmers often struggle to acquire enough seeds. As a result, entire farming seasons may pass without serious agricultural activity hence perpetuating a vicious cycle of rural unemployment and food shortage. Eatbeta's goal is to supply quality seeds to rural smallholder farmers so as to help boost crop production; additionally, the farmers are trained to properly sow, harvest, and preserve seeds–in order to avoid future seed shortage and to guarantee ongoing crop farming every season.

Soil Enrichment Land degradation and loss of soil fertility, due to continuous cultivation, rudimentary land-use practices and unreliable rainfalls, have left several acreages of rural farmland without sufficient soil nutrients critical for sustainable crop yields. There is a need to apply appropriate fertilizers to soils, and in some cases soil irrigation, if intensive crop yields are to be achieved. Even modest fertilizer use would help replenish the soil and significantly increase crop yields. For example, one kilogram of nitrogen fertilizer can produce 10 to 15 kilograms of grain. Because most rural smallholder farmers cannot afford to buy fertilizers or use irrigation, crop yields have remained rather very small; hence perpetuating the vicious cycle of rural unemployment and food shortage. Eatbeta's goal is to avail non-harmful fertilizers and irrigation schemes to rural smallholder farmers, as well as providing the necessary training to appropriately apply fertilizers and crop irrigation.

EVANGELIZE AFRICA THROUGH BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT AND TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE (EATBETA)


Get Involved

Contact Us

Eatbeta invites you to join the effort to transform rural livelihoods by alleviating unemployment and food shortage. You can get involved in Eatbeta’s work in a number of ways, such as: donating, partnering, and/or volunteering.

If you have any questions or you wish to get more information about Eatbeta, please contact us.

Donating As the Eatbeta idea registers success, the intention is to have it replicated and implemented across subSaharan Africa, however, this requires enormous resources in order to provide: farm equipment, farmer training, harvest transport, market & storage, seeds supply, and soil enrichment. If you would like to give a monetary donation to complement and support Eatbeta's efforts, please contact us. Eatbeta International Foundation is registered as a nonprofit entity in the State of Texas and it is a 501(c)(3) IRS Tax Exempted organization with the following Tax ID/EIN: 81-2972764.

Partnering The task of tackling rural unemployment and food shortage in sub-Saharan Africa is enormous and it requires global partnerships and collaborations of various stakeholders including: non-profit organizations, churches, businesses, and governments. We are therefore seeking for partners who can identify with the vision of Eatbeta and complement its efforts with their own.

Volunteering There are plenty of opportunities in which you can be engaged as a volunteer. For instance, you can create awareness of this initiative, you can provide your skills: mentoring, coaching, training, capacity building, motivation, fundraising, etc. Most of these volunteer opportunities might require you to take a trip to Africa. Taking a trip to Africa gives you an opportunity to see for yourself the projects on ground and to be engaged in the various ministry opportunities.

Mailing Contact Eatbeta International Foundation P.O. Box 1190 Euless, TX 76039, USA

Electronic Contact info@eatbeta.org facebook.com/eatbeta www.eatbeta.org

Phone Contact USA: +(1)214-226-8249 Africa: +(256)786-324-680

Cost Estimates for a Training-Demo Center Site Costs Land Acquisition Buildings Sub-Total

Amount $250,000.00 $250,000.00 $500,000.00

Program Costs (Annual) Business Skilling Evangelism/Outreach Farm Equipment Farmer Training Harvest Transport Market Procurement Micro Fund Seeds Supply Soil Enrichment Storage/Silos Sub-Total Grand Total

$50,000.00 $100,000.00 $150,000.00 $50,000.00 $45,000.00 $25,000.00 $100,000.00 $80,000.00 $100,000.00 $50,000.00 $750,000.00 $1,250,000.00

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