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Edpio Smart Market

To end hunger, food insecurity and poverty in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Edpio Enterprises

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

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

  • 3-10 years

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

Lagos

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?

Lagos

What country is your selected Place located in?

Nigeria

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Lagos state is my birth place where I was raised and studied till my secondary education.

I learnt trade and ventured into several businesses and I am a registered resident of the state.

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.

Lagos state is the economic heart of Nigeria and one of the best in Africa, with over 250 ethnic groups and several operational sectors of businesses, an average of 87 persons cone into Lagos in search for greener pastures.

But Lagos state is dependent on other states for agricultural products and this causes the unstable (as most times high) rate of food



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

14000000

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

First, there are no storage facilities for keeping farm produce for a long period of time when these produce would be out of season and most needed.

Second, the lack of storage facilities for these produce result to the farmers sending these produce to South Western Nigeria (Lagos) where some of these produce lose their value in price because of competition of same produce coming in from other states within the country and neighboring countries, while the others become so expensive and can not be affordable by the middle or low income earners (except those produce that have lost their healthy and quality form like tomatoes and pepper to mention a few). This is a problem of uneven distribution of available farm produce amongst other states that are in need of such produce.

Third, logistics is a major problem that makes the transporters or middleman the most beneficiaries of agricultural business, while the farmers suffer in poverty, selling his produce at a cheap price to avoid wastage and total loss, the final consumer buys these produce at such a high price that most of the income is affected by feeding (most of the cases, this is not so as food is being rationed to take care of other needs, thereby causing malnutrition in child and adult).

Forth, unavailable data for farmers to know what to produce, how much to produce and what locations are in need of these produce to maximize profit to improve their livelihood. It also let the farmer know the climatic reading to know the shift caused by climate change and know how to adjust to a productive planting period.

In the future, this problem will continue to exist and may be more than this in number and even worse if actions are not taken now. Nigeria is a country where intelligent and promising policies are made but never implemented. The private sector can put things in place with the assistance of foreign bodies.

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

By creating an intelligent system where the supply chain between the farmers and final consumers is short and well monitored, the farmer would earn more and be able to equip his farm and have a better livelihood so also would the final consumer be able to buy produce at an affordable price without rationing a basic need of man (what to eat).

In this system, having gathered information of the types and quantity of agricultural produce produced in each parts of the country, the demand and availability of these produce in several states, we will evenly distribute them according to demand and stop the wastage of these produce in locations where they are produced and expensive pricing where they are least available.

We will be positioned between the farmers and final consumers, storing and transporting agricultural produce purchased from the farmers, providing the farmers with necessary information and other needs concerning the market and  farm type, to improve production in quality and quantity to end hunger, food insecurity and poverty in the way we can.

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.

When we eventually achieve our vision, the following impacts would be felt by the people;

First, availability and affordability of agricultural produce which in turn leads to end of hunger, improper feeding and malnutrition both in infants and adults.

Second, improved livelihood of farmers who today work hard but earn little as nothing, improving their capacity to produce more and employ more workers and in turn, reducing unemployment. Surpluses can now be exported to increase the financial strength of the country.

Third, controlled and monitored production and consumption would reduce food insecurity or wastage. People would be able to worry less for food, think properly of innovative ideas to better the world and prosper as individuals and a nation.

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

We would eventually partner with the government at both states and federal level to see to the sustainability of this vision and implementation of policies to improve and maintain this vision.

This is the only visible and intelligent way out of hunger, poverty and food insecurity for the people of Nigeria. Addressing cultural differences as regards cattle rearing, environmental protection as to cultivated and uncultivated land and water (as well as other options) and cultivation practices regarding climate change and diet as to issues of malnutrition.

The technology adopted in this system would definitely in a positive way affect the economy of the country, storing agricultural produce not just for local consumption but for export to foreign countries. Putting an end to food wastage or insecurity will give individuals and the government the chance to be innovative and invest in other declining sectors of the country's economy like the health care. 

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