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Bridging the food scarcity problem in food preservation and network building.

Working to build sustainable systems to ensure food is readily available for the Benue population by cutting down post harvest looses

Photo of Terfa Igbo
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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Digital Intelligent Connectivity Enterprise

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

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

  • 1-3 years

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?

Benue, a Nigerian state has a total area of approximately 34,059 km2.

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Benue is the food basket of Nigeria, With vast agricultural potential, post harvest looses has been a typical challenge presented here and seeking effortsgeared towards finding lasting solutions to them, thereby increasing the profitability of agriculture for farmers. Being the land of my birth, it serves as a major food depot for Nigeria, contributing to over 50% of Nigerias cassava requirement and being the top producer in Nigeria and Africa. Tomatoes, fruits and other food products however lay waste as a result of the absence of practical attempts at solvong the challenges of post harvest looses.

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.

With a population of over t 4,253,641 million people, the agricultural potential of the state holds a lot

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.

The Agricultural value chain holds a lot that can be tapped into. With the challenge of post harvest looses, attempts must therefore be made at solving this issues.

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

our attempts are geared towards developing the capacity and framework to absorb the products from the farmers and building networks to ensure preservation and developing markets for the products along the value chain.

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.

It begins with an action. At the moment, we have used biological methods of preserving agricultural product to be made available to the market when the prides of commodities are hit. Tat this time, the goods are scarce and they are not readily available. Our attempt is to present them to consumers and manufacturers who will need them at that point. Our markets are build by the links we have made with other consumers who need the product.

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

It begins with an action is what we hold so dear. With members of our team being people who are in deliberate fields required to build a sustainable food system, analysis from our economics puts the team on the right tract with regards to economic aspects meant to get us on tract. The Team lead being a microbiologist has provided learning formats that have been vital for our efforts at ensuring food sustainability.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Whatsapp


Join the conversation:

Photo of Cortney Ahern

Hi Terfa Igbo  - welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!

Thank you for submitting your vision food scarcity and post-harvest loss in Nigeria.

A few other questions and suggestions that might help to guide and strengthen your vision:
- A few of the answers to the questions around challenges and your vision are quite short. I would recommend taking a look at the Food Vision Prize Toolkit which has a lot of information, activities, and guidelines. The Toolkit can help you refine your Vision and make it more systemic, human-centered and well informed for the future. Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:
- For the section on your Vision - what will the food system look like in 2050? Especially if you achieve your solution of reducing post-harvest loss, how will that impact the future trajectory of the food system? Tell us the story of how you imagine the future!
- How does your visionconnect systemically to the 6 issue areas of the prize: environment, diets, technology, policy, economics and culture?

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the deadline on January 31st.

Photo of Terfa Igbo

Thanks Cortney for taking time to go through my submission. This means a lot to me.

I have taken note of the issues you have raised and would effect them at the refinement stage. The truth however remains that with or without the funding, our efforts will be targetted at building a sustainable food future with partners who would be willing to go all the way with us.

All the best!