Distribution of improved cassava stems and the necessary cultivation assistance free of charge to smallholder farmers in Akwa Ibom State.
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria are blessed with large fertile agricultural landmass with high population of smallholder farmers engaging in cultivation of cassava to boost food supply in the country; but they are seriously facing challenges of: (1)inadequate fund to undertake commercial cassava production. (2) Improper access to new technologies and modern practices. (3) unaffordable labour and equipment cost for commercial cassava cultivation (4) Poor enlightenment programs; (5) Inadequate commercial processing factory; thus causing consecutive subsistence cassava production in Akwa Ibom State in particular and Nigeria in general.
I hailed and grow up in Ikot Ada Idem, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
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.
Akwa Ibom is a state in Nigeria. It is located in the coastal southern part of the country, lying between latitudes 4°32′N and 5°33′N, and longitudes 7°25′E and 8°25′E. The state is located in the South-South geopolitical zone, and is bordered on the east by Cross River State, on the west by Rivers State and Abia State, and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean and the southernmost tip of Cross River State.
Akwa Ibom is one of Nigeria's 36 states, with a population of over five million people. The state was created in 1987 by Ibrahim Babangida from the former Cross River State and is currently the highest oil- and gas-producing state in the country. The state's capital is Uyo, with over 500,000 inhabitants. Akwa Ibom has an airport and two major seaports on the Atlantic Ocean with a proposed construction of a world-class seaport Ibaka Seaport at Oron. The state also boasts of a 30,000-seat ultramodern sports complex. It is shaped like the Allianz arena stadium and it has modern and world-class facilities. Akwa Ibom state is also home to the Ibom E-Library, a world-class information centre.In addition to English, the main spoken languages are Ibibio, Annang, Eket and Oron.
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
(1) Communal Clashes: 1-2 out of the selected communities in Akwa Ibom State are on communal clashes thus making distribution and cultivation process to these communities awry at the moment. We have selected additional communities to replace those communities on crises for onward implementation of the project. (2) Transportation and Road Network Barrier: after carefully analyst the effects of conveying large numbers of cassava stems to interior location and impending condition of the stems. We resolved that the cassava stems should further be cut into 20cm long, a local basket made from palm fibres and leafs sealed with compose manure will be made available and will contain a bunch of cassava stems.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
We have selected additional communities to replace those communities on crises for onward implementation of the project.
We resolved that the cassava stems should further be cut into 20cm long, a local basket made from palm fibres and leafs sealed with compose manure will be made available and will contain a bunch of cassava stems.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
Cassava produced meals are essential food in Tropical Africa; Nigeria precisely, it’s commercial viability can never be underestimate, it has both household and industrial values, it is use for the production of household consumables such as; Garri, Fufu, Lafun, baked Flour, Tapioca, Glucose Syrup, Ethanol, Composite Cassava Bread, it is used in animal feed industries, as well as Adhesives industries, the waste and its by-products are for the production of organic manures, it leafs and roots for medicine, Cassava is the world most cash/viable crop ever cultivated.
Nigeria has an estimated population of over 190 Million people with 60% consuming cassava products on daily basis. About 20-30 major Food, Pharmaceutical, organic manure, animal feed, ethanol, adhesive, etc manufacturing companies requires tons of cassava tubers to manufacture difference consumables. As the result of consecutive subsistence farming, Nigerians spent greater fortunes on importation of cassava products, rice, animal feeds, ethanol, etc. thus causing price hike and limited access to adequate food supply forcing greater number of people to hunger, reducing employment capacity, causing crime related activities and untimely death.