MANOMA: SCALING UP SMART AGRICULTURE TOWARDS ENDING EXTREME POVERTY.
MANOMA is community driven asset-based Agro-input loan financing, aimed at building robust rural green economies towards ending poverty.
Gaynes Forte Farms
NWOKORIE, ANDREW GAYNE
GAYNES FORTE FARMS
MANOMA Project Out-field Farms
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
Agriculture though the backbone of many rural African economies, has been rather disappointing, with yields growth performances in decline as African soil presents inherent difficulties for growers.
Poor land-use practices have also further exacerbated these difficulties either through excessive nutrient mining by crops, inadequate control measures, and/or poor soil management; With analysis even suggesting that fundamental to this decline also has been the failure by most African farmers themselves to practice sustainable agriculture that maintains the integrity of the planet.
In Nigeria, and the sub-region, about 70% cultivated land is rural, semi-arid, and majorly lateritic, and unless nutrients are replaced, the soil serially becomes depleted of essential nutrients; resulting in poor yields and crop quality declines and implying that without replenishment, many farmers risk taking their soil resource base beyond a point of no return!
Thus, to avoid continuing investment in an agriculture that is exhaustive of its own resource base, GAYNES FORTE FARMS seeks to promote MANOMA. An asset-based integrated Agric-input loan financing, guided by departures from traditional farming to more sustainable innovative farming, that affordably proliferate smart agriculture. Provisioning critical inputs including seedings, fertilizers and chemicals to especially rural smallholder farmers in technically efficient and economically rational sense towards sustainably promoting clear strong growth yields per hectare.
It is a market-based inventory credit or warrantage system, modelled to provide farmers with inputs and credits, deliver products to their doors, provide hands-on trainings, and help sell their harvest. It is buoyed by best practice agronomics, supported by on-field extension services, and propelled by a robust market place, towards greatly improving the livelihoods of farmers and their household across rural communities in Nigeria.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
MANOMA is designed to benefit smallholder farmers and their households in Nigeria starting with an estimated 255,000 farmers including women and youths in agriculture from the pilot locations of Benue, Ebonyi, and Kaduna states and scaling throughout the nation and sub-region.
It will scale best practice agronomics, improve crop yields for rural farmers, facilitating optimum ROIs as it checks the underpricing of produce while providing facilitating functions like access to credit, inputs, trainings, on-farm support services, risk sharing, product standardization and market intelligence.
It will ensure increased nutrient use efficiencies (NUE), enabling fertilizer and inputs cost savings, and provisioning input and output market linkages that enables the exchange processes, while having the potentials for broad-scale impact on food security across rural Nigeria.
MANOMA thus enhances food security and economic empowerment for resource-poor farming communities in Nigeria.
Youth Farmers hard at work in a benefiting farm in Benue State, Nigeria.
RURAL WOMEN FARMERS IN ABAKALIKI IN SOUTHEASTERN NIGERIAN STATE OF EBONYI STATE
SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN RURAL SOUTH OF NORTHWESTERN STATE OF KADUNA, NIGERIA
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
MANOMA is unique in its focus, impactful in its approach and inclusive in its objectives. It is community driven and broad based, building on the comparative advantage of host farming communities. It promotes sustainable smart agriculture, creating farming collectives targeted at building robust rural green economies towards ending extreme poverty.
MANOMA strategically scales smart agriculture, sustainably bridging links in the value chain. It thus offers a one stop solution to the challenges that limits sustainable agriculture from farm to fork, building bridges of synergetic benefits in harmony with the planet.
Its uniqueness is in providing disparate services together as without credit, farm inputs are not affordable; without trainings, resources are not maximized; without delivery, services are not accessible and without the market, prosperity is not built.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.
Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
GAYNES FORTE FARMS [GFF] is an agribusiness intent on innovatively harnessing effective farming techniques, towards provisioning sustained supplies. We proactively engage vision, expertise and innovation in our drive towards achieving agricultural growth targets in sub-Sahara Africa including poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and food security.
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
Nigeria is one of the world’s top producers of ginger, sesame, and sorghum. Rural towns like Kwoi, Kenyi, Kubacha, and Walijo in northwestern Kaduna state for instance produces some of the world’s best ginger! For locals here ginger is everything, yet farms are either not modernized, and farmers disappointingly challenged by ignorance, spoilage, post-harvest quality depreciation, wastage and/or the exploitative under-pricing activities of middlemen; resulting in clear low economic growth yields.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
The world three years ago, committed to eliminating poverty by 2030 as its first sustainable development goal (SDG2).
Today, Nigeria still boasts very high poverty headcounts and unlikely to eliminating extreme poverty by 2030.
Even more worrisome is that sub-Sahara Africa is severely off-track in this regard as indices shows 65million Nigerians living in poverty with cereal yields at 1.4 tons/ha; Agricultural prioritization at 26%; skills & extension services abysmal at 18%; and a high Agric pricing & trade distortion rates.
Today wrong agronomic practices continue to impact our environment degrading the soil, air, water, and planet’s biodiversity; devastating the productivity, prosperity and livelihood of farmers who’re majority rural poor and reducing the effective functioning of the ecosystem.
To prosper with the planet hence, it behooves all including growers, to use the most productive and lowest impact agronomic options espouse by MANOMA in harmony with the planet.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
The extend of success and reach we envisage in designing MANOMA implies that we must leverage on the collective strength of partnerships to drive the various project milestones of MANOMA through service aggregations, shared values, collaborative prosperity, performance reviews, support and growth.
To this end, We are open to partnerships: both local and international including: La Salade Farms Limited, Agribusiness innovation specialists, state and local government authorities, Clusters of individual smallholder farmers including women and youths in agribusiness with as low as a hectare, rural farming communities, service and input providers including local agro-companies, State Partnership in Agriculture (SPA) currently working with Kaduna, Benue and Kogi states in Nigeria, and the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
Farming in Nigeria is supported by a large pool of the about 70% workforce employed in agriculture, and MANOMA been crop agnostic encourages broader community buy-ins, with farmers including women and youths in agribusiness indicating strong interest levels.
Hence, target communities boast: Large pool of willing and able farmers; Broader community buy-ins; Favorable agroecological zones; Comparative crop advantages: Rice in Ebonyi, Ginger in Kaduna, Sesame in Benue; and a large domestic market.
The idea targets subsistence rural farming communities in Nigeria’s 36 states and scaling out.
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
MANOMA will span 36 months, following a phased implementation and pending resource availability, starts with between 1000-10,000 smallholder farmers across 3 high impact rural farming communities including: the nation’s food basket of Benue state, the ginger hub of southern Kaduna state, and the rice hub of Abakaliki in eastern Nigeria. The pilot 12 months enrolls the first cohorts; with project impacts measured, evaluated and analyzed for improvements in preceding cycles going forward.
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)