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Avoiding pesticide and herbicide increase food security

The effects of pesticide in food system

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Gombe state government

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Government

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

  • Just beginning now

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


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


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


What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.


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.

Bajoga is a town and headquarters of Funakaye, a local government area in the Northern part of Gombe State, Nigeria. It is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) south of the Ashaka Cement factory. It is a common place for local workers to be transported to their destination or workplace. Jibwis Islamic Science Secondary School is the first private secondary school established in the city on 22 October, 2007. The grave of the Sultan of Sokoto who was killed during early colonialism was in Bormi, 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) away from Bajoga. Along the railway, there is Gombe State Polytechnic Bajoga and variety of markets where they sell items such as food and clothing.

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


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

Pesticides are incredibly harmful to human health in Bajoga . Pesticides have been proven to cause reproductive and developmental effects, cancer, kidney and liver damage, endocrine disruption, etc. People are exposed to pesticides when they breathe air where pesticides have been sprayed, drink contaminated water, or come into contact with areas where pesticides have been used, such as lawns, parks, lakes and more.

Toxics Action Center will  help to  Protect Bajoga to   pass one of the strongest pesticides restrictions in the country, an  banning the use of harmful pesticides.

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

To protect food consumers from adverse effects of pesticides, WHO reviews evidence and develops internationally-accepted maximum residue limits. There are more than 1000 pesticides used around the world to ensure food is not damaged or destroyed by pests. Each pesticide has different properties and toxicological effects. Many of the older, cheaper (off-patent) pesticides, such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and lindane, can remain for years in soil and water. These chemicals have been banned by countries who signed the 2001 Stockholm Convention – an international treaty that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants.

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.

Children, whose bodies are still developing, are particularly vulnerable. They take in pesticides at home and daycare and at schools and playgrounds, as kids are more likely to crawl on the ground and put their contaminated hands in their mouths. Research shows that children are even exposed to pesticides in utero. One of these pesticides, chlorpyrifos, has been found to cause irreversible brain damage in infants when they are exposed to the insecticide during this period.

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

Pesticides can reach surface water through runoff from treated plants and soil. Contamination of water by pesticides is widespread.The benefits of pesticides include increased food production, increased profits for farmers and the prevention of diseases. Although pests consume or harm a large portion of agricultural crops, without the use of pesticides, it is likely that they would consume a higher percentage.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Facebook


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Hi abubakar yahaya  welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!
It is nice to see you working on address the challenges of pesticides in your region's food system. The challenges are defined really well but what is your Vision for your region?
What would Nigeria and life of its people look like in 2050?
How might your work today look like in 2050 if you were to upset the current trends and build a new trajectory for the future that inspires others around you to collaborate? To help you speculate what your future Vision could look like, you can find some guiding principles on Future Casting and inspiration in the Vision Prize Toolkit in Chapter 3 under Tools of Transformation.
Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.

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