– 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.