The Business of Farming

Our final edition of our series on the four winners of SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme, who were each awarded S$10,000 in funding to kick start or expand their ventures.  Meet the Youth AgriSocio Entrepreneurs.

Alfi Irfan of Youth AgriSocio Entrepreneur

Who: Alfi Irfan, 20 (from Indonesia)

The problem: There are more than 72,000 villages in Indonesia. Each has the potential to create a sustainable living for their communities but requires technology, capital and marketing know how to make the most out of their agricultural produce.

The solution: Undergraduate agriculture students are paired up with agricultural communities to achieve scale, productivity and sustainable development in the agricultural sector. The students work with each village for two years, helping them come up with branding and marketable ideas for their agricultural products.

On the ground: Their first project is with the Benteng Village, in Bogor, West Java. They worked with farmers and housewives in the village for six months to create a spiced drink from ginger, cumin, cloves, java pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, and anise, named ‘Indorempah’. To minimise waste and promote sustainability, the leftover ingredients are used to make three other candy products. IndoRempah is already being sold in the Indonesian market while the team is working on obtaining certification for their other products from their local health authority.

How the funds will help:

The funding will help them explore which other villages in Java can be a part of the enterprise and involve more students with Youth AgriSocio Entrepreneurs. So far, they tap on student organisations in five universities in Indonesia to implement their programmes.

Why they are doing this, in their own words:

“Every morning when I wake up, there is one question in my mind: What will I do, if today is my last day? I want to be useful to others. By doing this I can make money for myself and also for community. This is my life, and this is my dream.”

 

Housewives in Benteng village who help produce the Indorempah product.
Benteng Village in West Java, Indonesia
Spiced drink product IndoRempah created by Youth AgriSocio Entrepreneur with the villagers.
Alfi Irfan with a farmer in Benteng Village.
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