Who We Are
Springboard is a network of Cocoa, Plantain and Rice smallholder farmers in Nigeria.
We are a Nigerian social enterprise with an exceptional business-and-development model, which we call Disempowered to Empowered Farmers Model (D2E). Our model empowers small scale farmers through a Cooperative movement that helps our farmers capture most of the value chain; sustainably grow much more food, sell more and sell for more.
In its current setup, agriculture in Nigeria is a large-scale and unsustainable poverty trap. Agriculture employs 37% of the total Nigerian workforce, 80% of farmers are disempowered and marginalized. Nigeria spends over 6 billion USD annually to import food (for example Rice) which could be produced domestically.
Smallholders in Nigeria:
- run their farms as subsistence and live in absolute poverty (They earn between $300 – $400 yearly)
- are price-takers and depend on village traders, selling at less than 5% of retail value
- have poor yield due to lack of know-how and best practices
- lack expertise and resources to farm high-quality crops such as cocoa, plantain, and rice.
- lack support to produce more sustainably, sell more, and sell for more
- have dependents who suffer from a vicious cycle of poverty
- personify a reason why rural youth migrate to the cities
How We Are Solving it
We organise smallholder farmers to access agribusiness support and fair, trusted, modern markets.
Impact in Numbers
Springboard envisions a Nation where small-scale farmers are prosperous, can make a sustainable and comfortable living.
By 2030, we will have 100,000 empowered farmers in our network across Nigeria growing cocoa, plantain, and rice, each making over USD 1,500 annually with over 1 million family members of these farmers benefitting from the improved income. Also, we constantly work towards serving the global market with highly nutritious healthy food products such as cocoa, plantain, and rice.