What does Yapasa do?

Market Systems Development

Decent work for rural Zambian youths

Yapasa takes a market systems development approach and aims to inspire companies working in the chosen value chains to coordinate more effectively, to develop and refine business models that include youth and make good business sense. Yapasa also aims to encourage key players in the market to share their learning through these pilots to encourage copying and crowding-in from other companies, thereby making a workable change in the market systems.
The Yapasa programme aims to create sustainable employment for 3,000 rural youths in Zambia and to improve enterprise performance for 5,000 youth owned rural enterprises. Initial project areas are in soybeans and aquaculture value chains as entry points towards diversified enterprise activity.

2018 - Tackling input and output Market Functions

Community Level Aggregation

Yapasa also identified opportunities to strengthen young farmers' access to market for their main crops, not only soya but also maize, groundnuts and cassava. Yapasa identified some aggregators who were interested to strengthen their links deeper into the community to dispersed farmers and also into the market by linking with larger trading companies.
Download Trusted and Transparent: Community Aggregation lessons and recommendations from aggregators

Last Mile Input Distribution

Yapasa noticed that the number of youths signed into the soybean outgrowing schemes supported from 2014-2017 was not as high as desired and during 2017 reassessed what stimulates and motivates rural youths.  Relatively low start-up requirements, smaller land sizes, quick turnover and regular monthly income, opportunities for innovation and growth, were among the factors they were looking for and the once a year soybean crop was not speaking to them.

Instead Yapasa started to look into horticultural production where there were already significant numbers of rural and peri-urban youths working, and analysed the constraints to entry and growth. Key was access to quality inputs near to the farmers' fields.

Yapasa identified some Agrodealers who were interested to trial a community agro-dealer model. Download The Business Case that describes the model.

Also download the lessons and recommendations made by the agrodealers: Community Agrodealers: Agents of Change
Earlier in the project from 2014 to 2017 Yapasa worked in two sectors of soybeans and aquaculture with a range of interventions designed to address constraints in the subsecotrs and stimulate rural youth owned enterprises
2014 - 2017 Aquaculture
Yapasa commissioned a value chain study of the aquaculture sector in Zambia and as a result developed four interventions in the aquaculture sector. Download the sector brief here Yapasa_Aquaculture Sector Brief Final.pdf

Also down load here the latest brief on hatchery and nursery development

Download a learning brief from the pond based outgrower model .

2014 - 2017 Soya
Yapasa commissioned a value chain study of the soybean subsector in Zambia and as a result developed three interventions in the soya sector, summarised below. Download the Soybean sector brief here : Yapasa_Soya Bean Sector Brief Final.pdf
  1. Access to Quality Fingerlings
    Access to Quality Fingerlings
    Yapasa supports hatcheries to expand their production and distribution capacity (especially of native species for supply to sensitive watersheds) by using community level fish nurseries in their supply chain of fingerlings
  2. Access to Quality Feed
    Access to Quality Feed
    Yapasa supports feed companies and dealers to expand their feed market by developing last mile delivery mechanisms for quality fish feed targeting smallholder fish farmers
  3. Access to Entrepreneurship Support
    Access to Entrepreneurship Support
    Yapasa supports fish traders or processors to develop effective inclusive business models for fishpond outgrowing schemes with embedded enterprise support and input services targeting youths.
  4. Sector Coordination
    Sector Coordination
    Yapasa supports the Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia (ADAZ) to coordinate activity in the sector and become the go-to location for aquaculture technical and business information
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  1. Soybean farming for youths
    Soybean farming for youths
    Zambian smallholder soybean farmers typically produce around 0.8 metric tons per hectare using traditional low input methods. With good management practices under commercial supervision yields can be 2-3 tons per hectare.
  2. Access to quality inputs
    Access to quality inputs
    Yapasa partners with agro-input suppliers to develop effective supply systems targeting smallholder farmers, including last mile delivery, appropriate credit management systems and embedded technical training
  3. Access to entrepreneurship support
    Access to entrepreneurship support
    Yapasa supports off takers and traders that operate aggregation and outgrower schemes to develop and pilot youth inclusive business models with embedded entrepreneurship support services.
  4. Stakeholder Coordination
    Stakeholder Coordination
    Yapasa supports coordination of key stakeholders to identify, prioritize and communicate policy issues affecting the soybean sub-sector, to advocate and lobby for policy action from appropriate authorities