Agricultural Program

The IDEA Foundation has the opportunity to purchase a thriving 13-acre vegetable farm in rural Namibia to use as a training facility for young men and women who wish to pursue farming and agribusiness as a career.   An additional 500 acres have been offered to the project at no cost by a local organization via a 99-year lease.

The Foundation has worked with Namibian schools to introduce vocational agricultural programs but has great need to add practical experience to supplement the classroom activities.  The model farm will answer that need, and students will learn and practice farming fundamentals -- planting, raising and harvesting crops.

In addition, students will learn small business principles in locating markets, in actual selling, establishing and extending a customer base, keeping and managing financial records, tracking the cost of doing business, cash flow, profit margins, etc.

Students will gain skills that are marketable, that can be utilized in working for other farms or for establishing future farms -- skills that are essential in all lines of work.  Crop sales will provide immediate revenue which can be utilized by the public schools themselves, enhancing educational opportunities for all students.  Food sources will be increased as more graduates skilled in agribusiness apply those skills to new farms.  This can play a significant role in alleviating the devastation of periodic famines and from the food shortages which have come as a result of the collapse of the agricultural economy of neighboring Zimbabwe.

Over the period of the project, IDEA will establish a Namibian Entrepreneurial Education Foundation and provide training in operations and management of a non-profit organization, transferring to it management of the activities and businesses developed by the project.  Utilizing profits from the model farm, this Foundation will establish a community-based scholarship fund to provide financial assistance to needy students wishing to further their education.

IDEA Foundation volunteers from the US will spend one or more months on the farm helping trainees in farming, reading, business, math, and other subjects.  Volunteers will also help renovate existing buildings on the farm for use as hostels for youngsters orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.