LEMCO is working to assist with the planning and setup of well run plantations, and organic self-sufficient farms. Both to be characterized by multi-crops, with energy and water efficient low-carbon technology. We understand that Agricultural Development is the focus for creating and supporting Rural Economic Growth Centers and conserving rainforests.
Managing land assets in a sustainable way is the key to creating a balance needed between stopping destruction of rainforest and fostering economic progress. Feeding the world sustainably can be achieved this way. Since being established in 2007 LEMCO has been involved in securing lands that have then then attracted funding for rural development. Some of the places where LEMCO has had the opportunity to work include Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and the Solomon Islands.
To help with developing Rural Economic Growth Centres, LEMCO is working to implement a new way to fund sustainable development and conservation initiatives. This will create a standard that will assist with attracting funding from governments, NGOs, corporates, businesses, investment groups and even individuals. This strategy will address conservation values as well as land cultivation values.
Rural Economic Growth Centres can be created through a strong partnership being set up between LEMCO and the following stakeholders:
- National Government
- Resources Owners
- Identifying potential Rural Economic Growth Centres to be created.
- Work on a wider strategy for creating trade and development with access to Sea Ports and Air Cargo.
- Working with Governments to create assistance.
- International Marketing and Branding.
LEMCO’s Rural Development Model
There a Five Key Elements for Fostering Rural Economic Growth Centre Development as follows:
- Energy – needed for Electricity and Fuel
- Agricultural Production
- Adequate Housing
- Accessible Health Centres
- Communication and Education
This system enables communities to become self-sufficient without any reliance on outside artificially scarce and therefore unaffordable commodities. LEMCO’s strategy for creating growth centres relies on creating concentrated areas of sustainable and integrated commercial farms growing organic produce for export markets supported by local growers.
LEMCO has a Sustainable and Integrated Organic Farming Model. Local small growers will be supported through micro-financing to establish 1 to 2 ha plots. Growers can earn USD$500 per month within 6 months of starting.
LEMCO has committed to Customary Land owners:
- Regular Payments of 15% Royalties to Land Owners on any harvested timbers resulting from land clearing.
- Regular Payment of leases for all lands being developed
- Employment and training of local persons to be guaranteed
- Supporting and sponsoring local community events
- Holding regular consolatory meetings with land owner Trust Boards to be setup to ensure community needs are supported as progress is created.
LEMCO is currently at the forefront of implementing a new standard for sustainable development. We do not believe in half measures. To the contrary, we believe in establishing an all inclusive, holistic approach to ensure the prosperity of native populations without sacrificing their culture or environment. To do this, we had to think big. We do not settle for only assisting a fragment of the regional population. Instead, we implement a multi-phase development approach to build capacity and empower people while ensuring cultural preservation and an ongoing funding stream that will provide continuous benefit to the people. To achieve this, piece-by-piece we established an encompassing partnership consisting of government agencies, non-governmental organisations, private enterprise, and local indigenous populations.
Our philosophy is that sustainability should be more than a catchphrase; it should be a plausible reality. To ensure sustainable livelihoods, we are establishing bilateral industries and supporting networks so indigenous communities and populations of developing countries can have access to the global market without sacrificing their values. Additionally, to minimise local corruption and to add value to sustainable practices, we are implementing blockchain technology to eliminate corruption and profiteering at the local level.
We understand the issues and challenges that are before us and embrace our presence in such an environment. Our team consists of experienced individuals from across industry disciplines that have extensive knowledge working in and with developing countries. To ensure successful outcomes, we are continually evaluating each step in the process. Our thorough approach is compulsory for implementing projects of this scale.
At LEMCO, we recognise and consistently assess our accountability when dealing with developing nations. We embrace so much more than the global standard, we embrace a standard that does not restrict positive change or marginalise populations. Our core values are embedded in ethical trade and sustainable development to assist in the sustainable livelihoods of community members and indigenous tribes. To ensure the feasibility of our development measures, we collectively ascertain the best approach for the particular community or region we are working in. Therefore, although applying fundamental principles from many disciplines, we adapt to each scenario as the project unfolds while managing each situation based on present variables and past experiences to implement an effective best practice strategy
We value our influence on the positive social impacts occurring at the community level. By working with members of the Indigenous community located in the Russell Islands, Solomon Islands and talking to as many villagers as possible, we are able to gauge the level of enthusiasm embraced by the indigenous people for a sustainable, holistic development plan that embraces their culture and current skillset while enhancing their capacity to assist in increased livelihood influences. Our vision goes beyond bringing sustained economic growth to the region; it involves establishing a level playing field that allows indigenous people to preserve their culture and environment while being competitive in the global marketplace.
Parliament House Meeting – 10.00am, 21st August 2016:
Sunday morning engagement at Parliament House with the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, The Honorable Manasseh D. Sogavare. The focus of our meeting was building stronger relationships to develop ongoing Business Opportunities on the Russell Islands and at Honiara.
Several topics were covered in depth. I knew we had found common ground when we started conversing openly and freely about creating employment opportunities, plus raising the living standards for the local people. I look forward to our next engagement. Working as a team, I have no doubt our goals will be achieved.
Discussion on the Capital Investment – 9.00am, 25th Sept 2016Richard Podos (left, Principle Lance Capital) and Doug Smith (right, CEO-Founder Village Green Global) met with Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands Honourable Manasseh Damukana Sogavare (center) in New York City to discuss the funding arrangements for the Solomon Islands sustainable development project. During the meeting, specific focus centred on the first phase of development and the associated energy related infrastructure projects.The first phase of development includes:
- adding a wireless mesh network for controls and intranet communication;
- new planting program for 1000 hectares of coconut;
- redevelopment of coconut processing facilities;
- establishment of bamboo cultivation project;
- building an administration area for the Lavukal Board and Lavukal Tribes;
- developing a new port facility;
- upgrading of airport airfield;
- new hospital clinic;
- building a new high school with boarding facilities and vocational training program;
- establishing a University Fund.