Agripreneurship for Prosperity

Introduction:

The Agripreneurship for Prosperity (AgPro) is a comprehensive program designed to address unemployment among Indonesian youth by leveraging the potential of agripreneurship and urban farming supported by cutting-edge technology. In addition to providing self-employment livelihood opportunities to the poor youth, this project also aims to contribute significantly to food security in Indonesia. Through the integration of technology, participants will learn sustainable farming practices, develop essential entrepreneurial skills, and gain access to online platforms to market and sell their produce.

The key components of the project include:
Skill Development: Skill Development: Provide training in modern forms of urban farming that include vertical farming, aquaponics, hydroponics, roof-top and collective enhancing their productivity.
Integration of Technology:
IoT Sensors: Monitoring soil moisture, temperature, and nutrient levels for optimal crop growth.
Smart Irrigation Systems: Automated watering systems based on real-time data analysis, conserving water and ensuring optimal hydration for crops.
Mobile Apps: Providing real-time guidance on farming techniques, pest control, and market prices.
E-commerce Platforms: Creating an online marketplace for participants to sell their produce directly to consumers.
Blockchain: Ensuring transparency in the supply chain, building trust among consumers regarding the origin and quality of products.
Digital Learning: Providing online courses and webinars on agripreneurship, urban farming techniques, and digital marketing to empower participants.

Project Framework:

Training and Education: Conduct workshops and training sessions on agripreneurship, farming techniques, and the use of technology. Resource Provision: Provide participants with starter kits, seeds, IoT sensors, and access to the necessary technology platforms. Mentorship: Pair participants with experienced mentors who guide them throughout the farming process and business development. Online Platform: Develop a user-friendly online platform where participants can list their products, manage inventory, and connect with buyers. Quality Control: Implement quality standards and certifications to ensure the produce meets market requirements. Marketing and Sales: Assist participants in marketing their products through social media, SEO optimization, and online advertising. Harvest and Distribution: Coordinate efficient harvest and distribution processes, ensuring freshness and timely delivery to customers.Training and Education: Conduct workshops and training sessions on agripreneurship, farming techniques, and the use of technology.
Continuous Support: Provide ongoing support through a helpline, webinars, and community events, fostering a sense of belonging and continuous learning.

Expected Outcomes:

AgPro anticipates the following outcomes:

Reduced youth unemployment in Indonesia through self-employment in agripreneurship and urban farming. Increased urban green spaces and healthier, locally produced food options.
Enhanced technological skills and digital literacy among participants.
Economic growth in urban farming communities.
Positive environmental impact through sustainable urban agriculture.

Project Progress

The project team for this initiative has been constituted. 

A project of this nature demands a good understanding of the rural and informal business environment in Indonesia. A partnership-focused strategy with extensive field visits is identified as a basic requirement before any specific intervention is planned. Field visits to a few partners, e.g. Dompet Dhuafa Republika and Yayasan Rawdatul Makfufin have materialized so far, that have yielded good insights to the team. Several more such visits are being planned before a clear strategy is formulated.

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YSAI Indonesia

Dr. Irfan Syauqi Beik

Member of Board of Commissioner Badan Wakaf Indonesia

Nana Mintarti

Commissioner, National Zakat Foundation (BAZNAS) Indonesia

Dr. Ahmad Juwaini

Director, National Sharia Economy & Finance Committee (KNEKS), Indonesia

Agus Wicaksono

CEO & Co-Founder of Alumnia

Dr. Moutaz Abojeib

Islamic Fintech Expert, ISRA, INCEIF

Dr. Kinan Salim

Head of Islamic Digital Economy, INCEIF

Dr. Nasim Shah Shirazi

Professor
HBK University, Qatar

Dr. Ahmad Younes

Founder, Polykick

Dr. Hisham Dafterdar

Chairman,
Awakaf Australia

Mufti Faraz Adam

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Azim Kidwai

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PayZakat, Russian Federation

Zeinoul Abedien
Cajee

CEO, Awqaf SA, South Africa

Dr. Abd Halim M Noor

Rector, UiTM Melaka Campus, Malaysia

Dr. Aliyu Dahiru Mohammed

Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

Khalifa Muhamad Ali

Faculty of Islamic Economics
IPB University, Indonesia