Village enterprises and organic farming toward food security

MICRO-FARMING / NIGERIA

In Nigeria, over 40% of the population lives on less than one USD a day, with poverty concentrated in rural areas and women being most particularly vulnerable and lacking autonomy. Farming is mostly subsistence-based and characterized by low productivity, and widespread inability to cultivate land during the dry season exacerbates farmers’ vulnerability to climate change. Farmland is under-utilized as a result of ageing famers and youth moving to the cities, despite significant potential for agriculture. 

our Impact

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300

farmers supported with inputs, training and market link-up

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150

women supported to start small village enterprises

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800

farmers participated in the Agribusiness training

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300

additional jobs created

Our work

Previously supported through the Foundation’s Fund for Young Entrepreneurs in Agriculture, the program has been extended and is now run on a standalone basis across six states in Nigeria, in partnership with Springboard. Aiming to improve income generation and food security through women and youth empowerment, the program focuses on organic farming and entrepreneurship training to equip participants with the relevant skills to start their own agricultural enterprises. Unlocking the potential of agriculture can generate significant job and income opportunities and alleviate food insecurity, in the context of the country’s heavy reliance on food imports. 

Key Impacts

The project previously involved some 150 disadvantaged young farmers and entrepreneurs from ten villages. Running it on a standalone basis has allowed the project to be scaled up to include 50 participants per state. Organic food production will generate additional income and new employment opportunities, helping to alleviate poverty and reduce urban migration, while improving food security and nutrition, and creating the conditions for more sustainable agriculture. 

About our partner

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Springboard engages young people from rural and semi-urban areas in personal development and social change through sustainable agriculture. The aim is to improve food security, reduce local youth unemployment and discourage urban migration – key causes for the high crime rate in Nigeria.

Project duration

January to December 2018