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Achieving Zero Waste in Food Production, Value Chains, Research and Development to Process Plantain Trunks into Biodegradable Jute Bags/Sack

Developing 20 products from Plantain including 12 food, bio-fertilizer and processing of plantain trunks into biodegradable jute bags/sacks

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Agricmedia Communications Limited

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

Website of Legally Registered Entity

www.agricmedia.com

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria and, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Nigeria

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

* Ibadan, is a city in Nigeria, covers a total area of 3,080 kmˆ2 * Ikeja, is a city in Nigeria, covers a total area of 49.9 kmˆ2

What country is your selected Place located in?

Nigeria

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Agricmedia Communications Limited (Agricmedia) is an Agri-Tech agribusiness organization with focuses on food production, youth/women empowerment, agribusiness advocacy and skills empowerment through the use of ICT/Social Media. Agricmedia has its corporate office located in Ikeja, Lagos State (it is a metropolitan city) while Agricmedia has one of its farms located in Akufo Farm Settlement, Ibadan, Oyo State. Hence, Agricmedia farms established a 6 acre Plantain Plantation in 2018 within its 25 acres farm lands within the Akufo Farm Settlement located in Ibadan in order to conduct a zero waste plantain production. The synergy of our agribusiness between the two cities (Ibadan and Ikeja) provides us opportunity to achieve near zero waste in our activities as at now because of the unique advantages provided by the cities

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

* Ibadan, located in South-Western Nigeria, is a very well known city, being the second largest and arguably one of the most robust indigenous cities in the country, it is with a population of 3,564,000 (2020)

* Ikeja, located in the South-Western Nigeria which serve as the capital to the country's most populous state (Lagos Sate). It is the home of Nigeria's busiest airport (Murtala Muhammed International Airport) with a population of 1,000,000 (2020) 

* Agricmedia Farms established its 6 acres demonstration farm within the Akufo Farm Settlement in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria 

- Ibadan and Ikeja are both within the South-Western Region of Nigeria with predominantly Yoruba ethnic origin but are cosmopolitan cities. While Akufo Farm Settlement was established in the 1980's to provide vast arable lands for Agricultural Investors in order to improve food production and economies of the farmers within the South-Western Region of Nigeria

- The primary food of the people within the area is cassava flour, corn meal and cassava flakes.

- The climate is of Arid Savanna with lots of hills, valleys and a dam.

- The Akufo Farm Settlement is predominantly of Yoruba ethnic origin with Yoruba culture and traditions however, there are other ethnic nationalities and farm workers from foreign African countries such as Benin Republic and Togo. However, the cities (Ibadan and Ikeja) have diverse nationalities and foreigners due to the peaceful and warmly nature of the inhabitants

- The people are basically of Yoruba culture, Yoruba language is the official language with appreciable level of English speaking persons 

- The Akufo Farm Settlement is now fast becoming an urban farm location due to rapid expansion of Ibadan City and provision of infrastructure such as roads and electricity to the rural area and influx of city dwellers from the Ibadan/Ikeja towns to the rural areas. 

- Agriculture is the main occupation of the inhabitants of Akufo Farm Settlement, crop farming is the primary branch of Agriculture while people from the Northern part of Nigeria practices animal husbandry, there is little backyard aquaculture, and the dominant crops are cassava and maize 

- The people have great hopes due to an ongoing Oyo State government interventions within the region and the Federal Government Rail Transport System project to link the two states and cities (Ikeja, Lagos State and Ibadan, Oyo States both in the South Western Region of Nigeria)

- The poor diets from the primary meals of cassava and maize mostly brings about under nourished infants, children and pregnant women within the area.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)

3549

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

4564000

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Current 2020 Challenges:

The Akufo Farm Settlement, Ibadan where the Agricmedia 6 acres plantain farm is located had suffered extended land use for the production of cassava and corn for over 30 years hence, the environment is totally deforested (Environment), the people of Ibadan generally have cassava flour and corn meals as their primary menu which is poor in nutrition (Diets) hence, they depends on food production from other regions and imported rice from Asia, the local farmers have low crop yields per hectare due to extended use of their land for two major crops for over 30 years of continuous cultivation hence, the people have poor financial power due to poor yields of the crops they produced per hectares (Economics), because they are predominantly Yoruba hence, they have the corn meal and cassava flour as their traditional menu (Culture), the primary means of land cultivation is tractorization however, the farmers have low technological penetration such as improved seedlings that could lead to higher yields and increased income (Technology), and the state government recently through its Agribusiness program has included Akufo Farm Settlement in its Farm Estate Scheme for improved Agribusiness activities and potential processing zone (Policy).


Future Challenges (2050)

There would be no more farming activities by 2050 if the farmers continued in their practice of two crops with huge degradation of the lands (Environment), there would be outbreak of diseases due to poor nutrition, stunted growth of children with increased in child and mothers mortality due to poor diets, Agricultural activities would be difficult by 2050 and there would be nearly zero economic activities for the local farmers in Akufo Farm Settlement whilst, little or nothing to supply to the Cities of Ibadan and Ikeja which will means that they will solely depend on food production from other regions and imported rice from Asia. Since the location is predominantly Yoruba ethnic groups, there is possibilities of taking over of the poor arable lands by herdsmen that are scavenging for grasses for their nomadic cattle which shall lead to further escalated communal clashes and intra-ethnic conflict (Culture), The use of Technology might be the only hope to resuscitate the vast poor lands but this would largely depends on the efforts and contributions of International Communities and NGOs such as the Rockefeller Foundation to help turn the negative life threatening situation around, and it will require serious state government efforts to formulate good Policy to reverse the negative trends as there would be more social and security challenges within the urban cities of Ibadan and Ikeja for the government to face than the land and communal issues from the local farmers in Akufo Farm Settlement.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Addressing the current 2020 challenges:

The stablished 6 acres plantain farm has positively influenced the farming community as over 50 small holder farmers have taking plantain suckers from our farms to reproduce in their various farms including some backyard farming hence, this is gradually improving the environment as Plantain is classified as cash crop with improve release of Oxygen into the atmosphere, reduction in the frequent farm preparation and bush burning i.e the 6 acres have not been deployed since the plantain plantation establishment in 2018 hence allowing good and healthy ecosystem and micro organism in the soil (Environment), we have developed 12 different food menu from plantain including 2 food items for infants which is widely accepted within the local population in Ibadan and the metropolitan city of Ikeja where our office is located (Diets) whilst, our FSV 2050 Event took place at both cities.

Income generated from the 6 acres farm is far more than the income from an average 25 acres of maize or cassava production  (Economics), acceptability of various food menu developed from Plantain by the people is very easy due to our cultural affinity with the people  (Culture). Hence we use our DRONE for effective farm monitoring and management. Currently, we are experimenting the use of technology to generate crop nursery materials from plantain trunk as waste  (Technology), and the state government officials are aware of the 6 acres demonstration farm and its positive impact (Policy), this is part of the reason for our invitation to the 2019 World Food Day that was held at the Oyo State Secretariat, Ibadan where we have our various farm produce on display (including our Agri-tech drone).

 

Solution from our Food Vision for the Future Challenges (2050)

There would be wide acceptance and rapid planting of plantains within the region hence achieving reversal in the environmental damage caused by the over 3 decades of 2 dominant crops production by 2050 (Environment), it is certain that there would be improved physical and mental health of the people of Akufo, Ibadan and Ikeja including children, infants and pregnant women (Diets), even as the developed 12 food items from plantain are gaining more attentions by the day.

There would be improved sustainable agricultural practices upon achievement of our further research in the use of cut-down plantain trunks for vegetable nursery production and generation of organic fertilizer and biogas from plantain wastes by 2050  (Culture),  We shall appreciate the support from Rockefeller Foundation in collaboration with OpenIDEO and SECONDMUSE to enable us achieve the set 20 various items from Plantain with suitable policy from the state and federal government especially in the areas that need further R & D in the use of dried plantain truck to produce Jute Bags/Sacks which are bio-degardable

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

The Akufo Farm Settlement would have an improved soil and climatic conditions due to the potential wide spread of plantain plantations whilst, income generation of the over 550 local farmers would increase from it's current state of $1.5 to $2 per day per farmer to a minimum $3 per day due to the improved economic gains of plantain production and extended research and development of its value addition could increase their income between $5 to $10 upon achievement of the use of dried plantain trunk for the production of biodegradable Jute Bags/Sacks. 

We expected to have fully developed the 20 items from Plantain, we have 19 of such items listed below with items 12 - 19 requiring extended research work which we hope to achieve through the support of this FSV 2050 awards of the Rockefeller Foundation in collaboration with OpenIDEO and SECONDMUSE to enable us achieve the set 20 various items from Plantain especially in the areas that need further R & D in the use of dried plantain trucks to produce Jute Bags/Sacks which are biodegradable

1.Plantain Floor

2.Roasted Plantain (Boli)

3.Boiled Plantain 

4.Fried Plantain (Chips)

5.Overripe Fried Plantain (overripe – dodo Ikire)

6.Plantain Cake

7.Plantain Porridge

8.PlantainandBeansPorrage

9.Plantain Soup 

10.Plantain Giz-Dodo

11.Mosa Plantain (spoilt/overripe)

12.Dried Plantain with shrimps and millet (baby food)

13.Spoilt Plantain (Biogas)

14.Spoilt plantain (biofertilizer)

15.Grinded Plantain Trunk (nurserypit inside the nursery bags for Vegetables and Cash Crop nursery)

16.Freshly Cut Plantain trunk (plant nursery) 

17.Ripped Plantain Peals (animal feeds)

18.Processed Plantain Trunk (bags for packaging similar to jute bag for Cocoa and Cashew)

19.Processed Plantain Trunk (Ropes)

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

We are hopeful that the successful winning of the Food System Vision 2050 Awards shall enable us achieve the vision of developing 20 items from plantain which includes food, biogas, organic fertilizer, biodegradable bags/sacks, ropes, plantain pits for vegetable nursery and other products into reality. It shall lift thousands of local population out of poverty, improved family health especially children and pregnant women, restore the destroyed soil, improved the climate, enable optimal use of technology and assist the government in making supporting policies.

Agricmedia Communications Limited through its Agricmedia Farms is set to achieve the following with emphasis on extended research work on Plantain wastes:

- Zero waste in our plantain production and it's life cycle through the development of acceptable 12 different food menu from plantain including the use of over ripped and bad plantain that are usually thrown away for cake and bread production.

- Improved food value chains by developing more regenerating food system from plantain, we are set to improve infant health through the use of plantain flour mixed with prawns and millet to achieving a good cereal/meals for infants whilst, the richness of plantains in iron, essential vitamins and would help to lower pregnant mothers mortality.

- We shall expand our research work into the plantain waste recycling (waste-to-wealth) including the peals and over ripped plantains as animal feeds, biogas and organic fertilizer

- We are confident that through the use of technological advancement, we shall achieve the expected outcome of the yet to start research and development into the use of plantain trunks (waste) for expensive industrial application by turning it into the production of biodegradable jute bags, sacks and ropes for the packaging of export produce such as cocoa and cashew (Raw Cashew Nuts). This will reduce the dependent on sacks and bags from petrochemical products 

We are confident that the zero waste vision of plantain production including the waste-to-wealth vision of the plantain production and its value chains shall enable us improve the lives of several thousands of Nigerian farmers beyond Akufo Farm Settlement (extended to other African nations) to increase their current poor/low income of $1.5 to $2 per day per farmer to a minimum $5 - $10 per day upon full development of this vision. 

We engages the local king of Iseyin during the FSV Event and our team was received with warm welcome.

Find below our initiated 19 products with 12 items currently developed into full products by our team.

1.Plantain Floor

2.Roasted Plantain (Boli)

3.Boiled Plantain 

4.Fried Plantain (Chips)

5.Overripe Fried Plantain (overripe – dodo Ikire)

6.Plantain Cake

7.Plantain Porridge

8.PlantainandBeansPorrage

9.Plantain Soup 

10.Plantain Giz-Dodo

11.Mosa Plantain (spoilt/overripe)

12.Dried Plantain with shrimps and millet (baby food)

13.Spoilt Plantain (Biogas)

14.Spoilt plantain (biofertilizer)

15.Grinded Plantain Trunk (nurserypit inside the nursery bags for Vegetables and Cash Crop nursery)

16.Freshly Cut Plantain trunk (plant nursery) 

17.Ripped Plantain Peals (animal feeds)

18.Processed Plantain Trunk (bags for packaging similar to jute bag for Cocoa and Cashew)

19.Processed Plantain Trunk (Ropes)

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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Attachments (2)

African Talking Drums for FSV.mp4

African Talking Drummers welcoming the FSV 2050 Team by Agricmedia to the Palace of Aseyin of Iseyin (King of Iseyin)

FSV 2050 Presentation by Agricmedia.pdf

FSV 2050 Lagos Event by Agricmedia

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Photo of Yunus Hikmah
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We have different use for plantain in its different phases, ripe or unripe and I'm enthuastic about this. How do you combat pest and diseases at the akufo farm, in order not to reduce yield.

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Photo of Oluwafemi Abioye
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We have not recorded any of such since 2018 apart from few herdsmen issues at the early stage when the plantations was young. We shall use organic pesticides if faced with the situation

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