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Youth in Agriculture: The Story of Udgoon Fruits and Vegetables

MEET Udgoon

Youth in Agriculture: The Story of Udgoon Fruits and Vegetables

Why Udgoon?

Agriculture is principle economic sector in Somalia not only in terms of meeting the food needs of the population but also in terms of generating income through crop sales and agricultural labor opportunities. For years, we have seen efforts to produce various locally grown crops, fruits and vegetables across Somalia by different farmers and production companies. We have been inspired by the boom and potential of this sector, and our company was founded on the principle to invest in the agricultural sector, especially around food production and crops for local economic development. 

Udgoon is a local company in Mogadishu founded by a group of ambitious youth (three female and two male) who majored in agricultural studies from various universities in Somalia. Udgoon deals with the production of food products especially fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, spinach and many other.

Key Issues to Address

Among the key principle sector that Somali is dependent on is agricultural and food production. With the right knowledge and tools many crops can be locally grown but our markets are filled with imported food products from grains to fruits and to vegetables. We are addressing hunger, food insecurity by producing organic and quality fresh food products. Many food products in the market lack quality and are not healthy for human consumption. People normally consume expired or low-quality food products which are generally imported from outside the country that poses a great threat to the health of our people. In the future, we aim to adapt and transform our farmers into ecofriendly and green economy. Our focus now is to increase local production to bridge the local gap in food production, especially vegetables, fruits and other organic corps.

Your Challenges

Our major challenge is lack of funds to operate and run the company to meet the local demands, local market needs, such as a small cultivating field, transportation for the harvested crops and purchase of insecticides also we are challenged by our customers who mostly look down on locally produced food products with a belief that imported products are better thus the majority of the people tend to opt for food that is exported from other areas than buying the food that is processed locally.

Opportunities

Udgoon sees a great investment opportunity in the food processing market and we are working on creating a mini factory that will enable the processing of various food products. We plan to produce ketchup, canned fruits, jams and so many more with hopes of capturing international markets. We aim high and our brand company to join global and international brands.

How Did You Hear Dalbile?

We heard about the program from Twitter and other social media platforms; we applied and luckily got accepted. The program was very interesting and we were trained by highly qualified mentors, we also got to meet other youth with amazing ideas. The funds also helped us boost our capital. We would love to appreciate Dalbile and iRise Hub for helping us realize and turn our idea into reality. We also like to command iRise Hub for always investing and encouraging local youths.

How to Support?

Udgoon is looking forward to your support; you can order from us for your daily consumptions, you can help us with the field for cultivation, or the transportation for our products. The stakeholders and banks can also help by investing in us. We are highly motivated and passionate entrepreneurs, we hope for our company to grow and be the future pioneers of the agriculture sector in Somalia.

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MEET ROW COMPANY: A youth-led startup that’s driving impact on organic waste

MEET ROW COMPANY

A youth-led startup that’s driving impact on organic waste

My name is Abdirahim Farah Omar, and I am the CEO of ROW company. ROW is an abbreviation for the re-use of organic waste. This entrepreneurship idea is mine, and what inspired me to establish this company is that I have witnessed the problems of wasted foods on the streets and markets in Mogadishu, as well as other garbage that some people throw out on the roads outside their own houses, which I could say it was the sole reason of establishing this company. This idea addresses waste on the streets and marketplaces by cleaning up and recycling discarded foods and other rubbish and turning it into something useful to the community in both urban and rural regions.

What Solutions Are You Offering?

We recycle Wasted food and rubbish into soil nutrients to prevent soil deterioration. As a result of this notion, farmers are encouraged to employ locally created nutrients instead of importing soil nutrient chemicals elsewhere. In addition, this approach promotes eco-friendly practices and clean streets.

The Challenges

My company’s capacity to serve the entire city is severely constrained. It lacks technologies that might make it easier to recycle food waste and trash. In addition, Farmers acceptance of imported commodities and a lack of faith in locally produced nutrients are significant challenges facing our firm.

The Opportunity

Growing awareness of farming and its importance is one of our most extensive opportunities. Green housing in cities is also on the rise, and they’re producing organic foods, which gives us hope that our products will find a market since they’re nourishing for gardens. So far, we have reached many people through our marketing efforts, and we expect that most of the families will have their houses small gardens that they can plant vegetables and fruits for the coming years. 

 

How Did You Hear Dalbile?

A friend of mine knew my work, so he saw on social media the Bootcamp, a training course of Dalbile, then he shared with me the Dalbile registration form, we were so lucky to qualify and accepted on our request. Dalbile was the reason to overcome the biggest challenge of starting this idea; your training and financial support make my dream something achievable.  

How do you Plan to Scale Up your Startups?

Our goal is to become Somalia’s leading compost supplier, even if we’re still in the early stages. The road from a tiny company concept to a worldwide commercial enterprise isn’t simple for any startup entrepreneur. For expansion, our business is seeking funding, unlike other companies that are virtually entirely dependent on outside help — either in the form of grants or stock. Funding recycling machines, and marketing, are the most common obstacles we are facing. To grow and scale up our firm in the future, we will need a current plan and financial investment from local or worldwide banks. We firmly believe such investment will help our business stay afloat in the market.

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