Messages to the Presidents of the World
|44th President of the United States|
|In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017|
|Vice President||Joe Biden|
|Preceded by||George W. Bush|
|Succeeded by||Donald Trump|
|United States Senator from Illinois|
|In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008|
|Preceded by||Peter Fitzgerald|
|Succeeded by||Roland Burris|
|Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district|
|In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004|
|Preceded by||Alice Palmer|
|Succeeded by||Kwame Raoul|
|Born||Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)|
|Relatives||See Family of Barack Obama|
|Awards||Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)|
RE: REQUISITION FOR ASSISTANCE.
- Henry L.
- Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Dear President obama,
I am a Ugandan Agriculturalist with a Warehouse and receipt service project which i would like you to support me with.
Building a cooperative business through setting up of bulking centers in areas of potentially high maize production where markets are under developed due to high prevalence of poverty will help stimulate and develop market. By setting up a bulking center (Warehouses), providing warehouse receipts to smallholder farmers, building partnerships with financial institutions, regulatory bodies like the Uganda Commodities Exchange, agricultural financing for ag-inputs, improved seed technologies become realistic to smallholder farmers. This creative convergence of push factors stimulates market forces, drive motive for increased production, deliver food security infrastructure and reduce poverty at household level.
The Hybrid Market Access Cooperative(HYMAC) Model puts the smallholder Woman farmer at the center of the business through well selected and trained farmer enterprises as the smallest unit for organizational & mobilization purposes. The Warehouse Storage infrastructure is for bulking, quality control, collective marketing and unit price control with the market. The farmer enterprises collectively form the cooperative governance structure to which Rockford Harris Group that runs the Warehouse System on a profit model accounts to. The Warehouse Receipt System runs on a partnership model between Commercial Banks, Uganda Commodities Exchange, the regulator and the Women’s Mission for Children that runs Warehouse (Bulking Center) on behalf of the cooperative on a profit model to sustain the business and replicate a working model to other areas as well as integrate other value & commodity chains. This model through increased returns will attract more market players in the value chain and help expand and replicate the model to other districts in the Country.
This project will primarily focus on 5,000 households in Busiro, Wakiso district. Each household in these rural communities has an average of 10 family members of whom 7 are between the ages of 15 to 35 years. 5 of the 10 family members are women on average. This youthful cohort provides labor on the farm as this is how these traditional family systems run. So directly this project is targeting to benefit about 50,000 from whom the Cooperative will draw its membership. Each of these households own about 4 hectares of land. Each hectare of land ideally can produce about 1.5 metric tons of Maize but current levels of production are 0.5tones which is way below optimum output. At optimum production capacity the quantity in 15 bags each weighing 100kgs becomes a problem for storage at harvest at peak season forcing farmers to sell off their harvest at low prices due to oversupply. The middle-men who bulk the produce in the capital and have direct access to markets during times of high demand and low supply can make profits of more than 400% per unit. With 1.5tones per household, this translates into approximately $200 of gross income which if discounted with the cost of production; land preparation, cost of inputs, weed management, harvesting, storage; transportation turns out unprofitable for many farmers. Setting up bulking centers (warehouses) starting with one will build community institutional capacity to commercialize their agro-activities given the profit viability.