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