We carry out our work in the following ways:

–        Grow Sustainable Agriculture

Nigeria has over 84million hectares of arable land, yet spends over $6 billion yearly on food imports to feed its people. Imagine what would happen if Nigeria began to feed itself.  Annually, over $6.5 billion would be in the hands of the enterprising Nigerian farmers and producers! Nigerians would eat nutritious & healthy food, farmers & rural people would become prosperous, healthy and highly compensated for their hard work, rural children would be able to attend school, far-reaching reduction in rural-urban migration, massive jobs would be created for the teeming population of unemployed youth, reduction in crime, and of course, accelerated growth in the Nigerian economy. Yes, we will also be able to produce enough to feed other Nations! This is the Nigeria we see at Springboard!

Agriculture in Nigeria needs intense development to actualize its potential.

Through our Farmers’ Training and Cooperatives set up, we work with farmers to grow food in the appropriate quantity and quality. We help ensure our farmers get value for what they produce and they produce in a way that respects the environment. Working with our partners, we support farmers with farm inputs, relevant skills and market linkage. We work to strengthen every aspect of farming supply chains, from soil to market. We support our farmers to create co-operatives, so they can sell as a group and because our farmers produce food in a natural way, they are able to sell at premium prices. We currently work with over 500 aged farmers in 20 communities.

Through our Youth Farmers’ Program and with over 500 youth within our network of youth farmers, we provide young people with the opportunity to start Agribusinesses, develop interest in pursuing Agriculture as a profitable career. With over 70% of young Nigerians living in rural areas, it is important we help them see livelihood opportunities in their communities thus reducing rural-urban migration. Over the next few decades, agriculture will continue to be the dominant sector of employment and a vital source of labor for most young people in Nigeria. Harnessing youth’s potential to participate meaningfully in our food systems, from production to plate, has the potential to increase youth’s productivity and revenues, as well as ensure the resilience and food security of their households.

In 2017, we launched the Farm To School project. Through this project, with over 2000 High school students currently participating, we work with high schools and educators to build school farms (crops and livestock) where students learn to grow produce and eat healthy food, nurture plants and contribute to healthy food production in their communities.

Through the Springboard Farmers’ Market, our farmers are able to sell their produce and products to consumers at good prices.


–        Grow Rural Enterprises through Rural Women Groups

Since 2008, we have trained over 500 rural women in Nigeria with over 300 village enterprises started. There is an urgent need for rural women empowerment in Nigeria. Life for rural women in Nigeria is difficult as they most time work as labourers on their husbands’ farms. In fact, a major reason rural men marry many wives is to have their wives work for free on their farms – cheap labour! Separate from working on the farms, they have to carry out domestic duties – taking care of the children, cooking and fetching firewood and water.

Also, rural women often have more limited access to land and farm services.  And this makes farming much difficult for women.

Clearly, there is a need for rural women to both generate an independent income and improve household food security. Investing in women has been proven to bring much value.  Women reinvest 90% of their income in their families and communities, compared to men who reinvest only 30% to 40% of their income. (Groundbreakers: Ernst & Young 2009). UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation reports that if women had the same access to productive resources as men, they would increase the yields on their farms by 20-30% – which would as a result reduce the number of hungry people in the world by around 12-17%.

Under the Springboard Village Enterprise program, we:

·        provide rural women with enterprise skills that enable them identify livelihood opportunities (farming and off-farming businesses) in their communities

·        support rural women with land, technologies and capacity to engage in Dry Season and Cluster Farming

Set up women’s savings and micro credit groups which enable women to build up their village enterprises.
Provide rural women micro credit to start small village enterprise – farm and off farm enterprises giving them more financial independence.
Engage rural youth in a Learn & Earn Enterprise program which enables them to learn business skills in the cities, receive income while learning for a period of 4 months and after the training, they return to their villages to set up small enterprises with support from Springboard.

–        Promote Environmental and Agricultural Sustainability

Springboard is the largest network of organic farmers in Nigeria with over 1500 farmers and rural entrepreneurs and over 2000 young farmers in high school participating in the Farm To School Africa project.  At Springboard, we promote the sustainable use of land, soil, forest and water resources. We grow our food in a natural way.

In Nigeria, we have a lot of concerns about climate change and our food production. We currently live with a broken food system. Agriculture presently accounts for 40% of Nigeria Gross Domestic Products (GDP). According to The World of Organic Agriculture (2013) only 597 Nigerian farmers (out of over 15 million farmers) practice organic farming occupying about 10,000 hectares.  This is too small for a country with over 180 million people and over 84 million Hectares of farmland. The conventional farming practices of Nigerian farmers have contributed hugely to climate change in the country and to rising health challenges, especially with the consistent increase in cases of cancer and other terminal diseases which are adduced as consequences of intake of artificially produced foods. Changing our food system couldn’t be more urgent. All signs point to this, whether we consider the droughts, change in rain pattern and flood caused by climate change or that the health effects of our current food system is predicted to shorten people’s especially children’s lives. Better, Smarter ways of growing our food, feeding Nigerians and sustaining our environment are needed, now.

–        Value Addition

Springboard also serves as an off-taker for our farmers. For example, we buy Plantain in large quantities from our farmers at good price and convert into nutritious natural Plantain Chips that children and adult love to eat. Several jobs are created in this value chain.