We focus mainly on advocacy with emphasis on information, training and logistical assistance where necessary.
WHY HAVE FS INITIATIVE?
Here are two stories that illustrate the relevance of FS Initiative, Malam Yaro and Qsas & Munyimba stories.
MALAM YARO STORY
Malam Yaro lives in Tunga village. He inherited the art of farming from his parents, who equally inherited it from their forebears.
He has for decades tilled the land! Yet the proceeds are barely enough for him to take care of his wife and children. Yaro's situation can be replicated in many communities, hamlets and villages in Africa and Asia where subsistence farmers work so hard and gain virtually nothing, where the children cannot go to school consistently, where access to health care is difficult. It is a vicious circle of poverty. And because they are poor, they may continue to be poor.
That is why we have Farmers Support Initiative (FS Initiative) aimed at among others assisting to effect a positive change in the situation of the Yaros of Africa and Asia.
OSAS & MUNYIMBA STORY
Mr. Osas is a well educated and well travelled man. He has been to a number of Western countries and stayed in Africa most of his adult lives. At a point, he owned a booming airline travel business and sent his wife and kids to the United States for studies where he later made his permanent home, though still ran a couple of other businesses in Africa.
Like his childhood friend, Munyimba, a very senior army officer, both men in their 40s had late fathers who where peasant farmers. So they both knew about farming when they were growing up.
Suddenly, both men had misfortune while Osas Business Empire crumbled due to global economic downturn, Munyimba suddenly found himself retired prematurely.
Probably, by an act of providence, they both met in Johannesburg after several years of seeing each other.
Understandably, they had so much to share in the light of their predicaments.
Though, shortly after the ugly experience of losing his small business empire, Mr. Osas who had made several business trips to a number of developed countries quickly remembered that farming could be a lucrative venture.
Armed with this knowledge acquired in the cause of going down memory lane, Osas took a drastic decision to go into farming, a decision initially found uncomfortable by his family and friends.
But the sudden success of his farming career has won him the support of all his family members and friends alike. He is now the toast of many financial institutions, many of them offering to give him credit facilities. He has since introduced a new perception to farming among his peers and attends a number of seminars and workshops within and outside Africa and Asia.
Exuding in confidence of obviously a successful farmer, Mr. Osas was understandably quick to convince his childhood friend, rtd. Military brass, Munyimba that farming could be a good option.
Just like his friend, Munyimba is also currently doing exceptionally well in his new found farming career.
Farmers Support Initiative (FS Initiative) wants stories of Osas and Munyimba to be known by many in Africa and Asia so as to increase our options to the elusive white collar jobs, help fight hunger, poverty, crime and other social and economic ills bedeviling the society.