Yapasa in Action

Last Mile Inputs Distribution

In 2018 Yapasa launched a new intervention aimed at getting horticultural inputs: quality seeds, agrochemicals, pest management and fertility treatments deeper into the rural areas nearer to where many young farmers wanted to grow vegetables for sale as an enterprise. Key to the model was establishment of a network of Community Agrodealers as agents for the Agrodealers in town, selling the inputs within their community, providing product information as well as agronomic advice and earning a commission on their sales.

Community Level Aggregation

In 2018 Yapasa also launched a new intervention aimed at enabling scattered smallolder farmers to get their crop to market more conventiently and cheaply but most impotantly through an agent they knew and trusted to be fair and transparent in their dealings. As above it involved establishing community level aggregation points where aggregation agents working for an aggregation company bought crop and earned a commission. The agents also gave post harvest handling and storage advice to farmers, improving te quality of crop supplied and used digital scales for transparency.
The producers are linked to existing or new agro-dealers, livestock feed suppliers, or off takers to improve distribution of quality fish feed.

The feed supply companies then train the selected suppliers or agrodealers to enable them to provide extension services to support farmers on the use of the products.

The suppliers or agrodealers then work with the off takers on outgrower pond schemes or establish farm based demonstration ponds and conduct youth targeted advertising and field days to raise awareness of the benefits of using quality feed.
The hatcheries are linked to existing or new nurseries who use "hapas" or net cages in their ponds to raise the fry to fingerling size and sell them to local fish farmers. This brings the source of quality fingerlings closer to the farmer, reducing costs and improving the survivial rate.

The hatcheries and nurseries are supported in technical management and to develop basic production guidelines for small scale farmers who purchase quality fingerlings.

The nurseries are supported to promote their fingerling supply through youth targeted advertising on local radio and other channels.
Access to quality fish feed
Aquaculture Access to quality fingerlings
Yapasa partners with feed processing companies (including existing large feed producers and emerging small and medium scale producers) willing to grow their distribution networks in Zambia
Yapasa partners with existing or new hatcheries that are able to increase their production of quality (reversed sex) fingerlings and expand their distribution networks.
Off takers are linked to input suppliers for fingerlings and feed and other technical inputs. They are supported to mobilize local youths, organize them into clusters and develop group governance structures. Lead farmers are developed and trained in fish management and production so that they can support their groups. contracts are signed between the off takers and the individual youths to outline responsibilities in service provision, access to inputs credit,  aggregation and marketing of the fish and repayment terms.
The offtakers are supported to monitor the whole process and channel appropriate services to the youths
The Department of Fisheries is supported to develop guidelines on hatchery and nursery management and to train interested parties.

ADAZ is supported to identify, synthesize and communicate key issues to policy makers and sector drivers. They have also been supported to develop and pilot Aquaculture Business Opportunity Seminars at district level - fish trade fairs in effect - to facilitate trade connections and raise awareness of the business of fish production especially among youths.

An interactive map of service providers in the sector and regulations for particular watersheds is being developed.
Access to entreprenuership support
Aquaculture Sector Coordination
Yapasa partners with the Department of Fisheries and the Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia to coordinate sector stakeholders and promote availability of information on the sector
Yapasa partners with offtakers that wish to expand their market share or add fish into their product portfolio in order to establish youth friendly pond based outgrowing operations or aggregation and marketing services.
Input suppliers are linked to agro-dealerships who in turn are supported to develop last mile delivery systems through lead farmers or Community Agro Dealers.

Input suppliers are encouraged to provide technical training to agro-dealers, lead farmers and young farmers engaged in outgrowing schemes as an embedded service alongside their inputs which are supplied on partial credit.

All parties use an online Farm Input Voucher Management System (FIVMS) to track movement of value of inputs, credit and repayments after the outgrower operators have sold the aggrgated crop.
Offtakers are supported to mobilize young farmers into groups, establish appropriate governance structures and sign offtaking contracts with embedded services and price mechanisms.

They collect deposits from the farmers and channel inputs on partial credit, provide basic business training and other support services such as mechanisation.

For more information on how outgrower operations work see The Farmer animation below
Access to quality inputs
Access to entrepreneurship support
Yapasa partners with input suppliers willing to expand their business in crop inputs targetting smallholder farmers, with agrodealers willing to expand their distribution networks and outgrower operators targeting young farmers
Yapasa partners with offtakers that wish to expand their market share or add soya into their product portfolio in order to establish youth friendly outgrowing operations or input supply, aggregation and marketing services.
For policy issues that affect the subsector a Soybean Policy Action Group  has been formed comprising private sector players.

Yapasa supports the National Union of Small-scale Farmers of Zambia  to improve its support services to smallholders and provide agribusiness training.

Yapasa supports the Young Emerging Farmers Initiative  to gather information from and affecting rural youths in agribusiness and communicate it through appropriate channels.

Yapasa has supported National Agricultural Information Service to produce a TV series "Youth in Agribusiness"
Stakeholder Coordination
Yapasa identifies relevant stakeholders across the soybean subsector and facilitates conversations to identify and advocate on constraining and supporting issues within the regulatory frameworks
A 13 part series of TV programmes (each 15 minutes long) produced by National Agricultural Information Service (NAIS) to showcase young Zambians in agribusiness.
  1. Transforming my Livelihood
    Evelyn Nkole is a young woman in Kasama who signs up to be a soya outgrower
  2. Power of Perseverence Pt 1
    Eden Muwaya talks about the struggles to become successful from humble beginnings
  3. Power of Perseverence Pt 2
    Eden Muwaya continues his story and has a final word to inspire other youth.
  4. Real Joy in Farming
    Young livestock farmer Lemmy Mwanjisi reveals his joy and passion in his business
  5. Never undermine your Potential
    A group of youths in Kanakantapa signed up to grow fish in ponds for Palabana Fisheries
  6. Farming as a Business
    Emmanuel Chinyama talks about his vegetable farming business
  1. Employ yourself - become Rich
    Joshua Mateka reveals his success from his own venture
  2. Secure your Future
    Youths in Kanakantapa talk about their fish farming with Palabana Fisheries
  3. Determine your Destiny
    Juma Musoka talks about his fish farming business in Solwezi
  4. From Poverty to Prosperity
    Victor Kasambo from Mumbwa describes his journey to success from growing soya
  5. The Gold That Grows
    Young soya farmer Brian Chiwala reveals his how he reinvests his profits for next season.
  6. Soya Bean Changing Lives
    Young soya farmers reveal how the business has changed their career paths
  1. Empowerment through Aquaculture
    Young fish farmers in Solwezi talk abbout how engaging in the business has empowered them