“Growth in agriculture is on average at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as growth outside agriculture”
World Bank Development Report, 2008
Small unitized farms are a unique niche market opportunity that can be created with a combination of relatively little financing and a reorganization of existing human resources.
Entry into the market at this time not only supports a wide scale social problem consisting of a food shortage in Swaziland and a failing economy, but also positions YEF to establish itself as a quality domestic producer at a point in history when significant growth potential within the agricultural market exists. The establishment of the National Agriculural Marketing Board (NAMBOARD), a government run entity that guarantees the purchase of domestically grown crops in Swaziland ensures a market and fair value for all crops grown by YEF farms.
This, along with YEF’s ability to overcome disabling agricultural conditions such as drought, positions YEF to turn a profit immediately following its first harvest.
Net profit from YEF farms will be used to fund tuition fees and basic necessities such as food and school supplies for orphans and vulnerable Swazi children participating in the YEF program.