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Awakening Fiditi, The Sleeping Food Giant Through Nutritional and Environmental Sustainability in Food Value Chain.

Eliminating post-harvest losses by preserving fruits & vegetables, ensuring nutritional & environmental security for smallholder farmers.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

RayandMo Farms

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

RayandMo Farms: Extension Services/Trainings Proximate AGRO Solutions: providing linkages services for all stakeholders TruORGANIC Solution: agricultural inputs provider Young Agropreneurs Cooperatives: youth smallholder farmers Uncommon Blends: processor Martrite Supermarket/ Shoprite: off-takers

Website of Legally Registered Entity

linktr.ee/RayandMoFarms

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

  • 1-3 years

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

Fiditi Town, Afijo Local Government Area, Oyo State.

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?

Fiditi Town, Afijo Local Government Area, Oyo State.

What country is your selected Place located in?

Nigeria

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Fiditi Town is my home country, known for the cultivation of rich fruits and vegetables, in years past, infact it is called the fruit basket of Nigeria. My mother who was born and spent most of her childhood years here would sing the old glories of fiditi in our ears as children of the fertility of her soil that produces the rich fruits, of the good road networks and many good schools, one of which is the Fidith grammar school where the great poet Christopher Okigbo taught English and Latin. However, Fiditi is now a shadow of itself, infact Aljarihah News in 2017 describes Fiditi as the sleeping foreign exchange earner - https://aljazirahnews.com/fiditi-sleeping-foreign-exchange-earner/. Fiditi was unable to sustain her glories of pleasant warm smell of food, fruits and wild game which compels travelers and tourists to it because of the great post-harvest losses and lack of storage & processing infrastructure which discourage many farmers & made the farming culture of the place unattractive to young people of Fiditi. Quoting from Aljazirah ; Backward and forward integration can be optimized fully in Fiditi, due to the availability of arable land, agricultural produce, good road network and access to human resource. The siting of such industries will make for cheaper and easier access to natural drinks, not fuzzy drinks to the average Nigeria, servicing of international retail brands that exist in Nigeria (Shoprite,Game,Spar and top-notch local ones); and eventually exporting these fruits, after meeting international requirements. And this would revive Fiditi back to that town of compelling & hospitable place that it was and not its deserted & ghostly condition presently.

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.

Once, before man conquered nature to the extent to which he now has, and before law and order took root in our rainforest society the way it now has, a tiny band of men settled on a nameless knoll, named the knoll, found themselves women, had children, died and got buried. The original expedition that came to rest on the knoll was typical in that it was called, in Yoruba, ajorin ( a wayfaring – or journeying – band). It was foolish to travel alone in those days. The name that the band gave to the knoll was Fiditi, literally, where men came to rest, sitting down. From the original knoll, a hamlet emerged, then a village, & now a town. By the time the Fulani wars pushed the old Oyo Kingdom further down south from its northern enclave of Oyo-Ile to its present location, circa 1840, Fiditi was already a thriving town, with a tradition of fruit farming and big game hunting. Fiditi used to smell like food. Indeed, the oriki / praise song of the town begins: Fiditi ilu iyan… (Fiditi, place of pounded yam). Fiditi also used to smell of fruits and vegetables. The favourite breakfast of the people of Fiditi is Eko & Ole ( corn cake & beans cake). Fiditi is a town in love with schools, there were, over time, seven primary schools, viz: Alafia Oluwa Primary School, Methodist Primary School, First Baptist Primary School, Ebenezar Primary School, Catholic Primary school, Orilongbogbo Primary School and the now defunct Holy Flock Primary School, owned by the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, a ‘white garment’ church. The town fathers welcomed you as long as you brought a school, it seemed. A lot of men and women have lived and passed through this town, the most famous being the poet and classicist Christopher Okigbo, who taught English and Latin at Fiditi Grammar School in the late 1950s. However, Fiditi is now a shadow of itself and can be revive to its right pedestal if its rich resources is harness. Fiditi can be home again to travelers, tourists & passers by and a creator of jobs, foreign earners and an attractive tourist place, if this giant is awaken.

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

71460

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

Fiditi was known for her good arable land that produces rich kola nuts,cocoa,cassava,oranges,pawpaw,watermelon,bananas, plantain,pineapples and a whole lot more. These are sold in the local markets,and consumed by the local populace and travelers, who pass through the town, buying the fruits at designated stops on the Ibadan-Oyo roads which is now a thing of the past because of lack of sustainable food production and preservation processes. Fiditi was also known for its wide game which the use of chemical fertilizers have driven into extinction. Future Challenge: Soon Fiditi would becom a home to more dwellers, travelers, tourists and passers by and businesses would begin to flourish again which would in turn greatly increase the population of dwellers leading to more resident buildings which may threaten the availability of land for cultivation, limited resources for the increased population howerver with increased economic activities, open opportunities for innovation/technolgy and a sustainable policy.

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

The elimination of post-harvest losses and wastes of the fruits and vegetables produced by the people Fiditi through value addition and preservation processes would revive Fiditi as the fruits basket and as a foreign earner in the near future. The envisage over population which comes with advancement of the town would be managed by encouraging orchards and gardens in every home and also ensures this is taught at schools to imbibe the culture into the younger generation. This would not only make abundance food available it would also help the environment remain green which continues to keep the atmosphere pure and enhance the health of the people.

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.

Fiditi is currently a shadow of itself with most homes deserted. The revival of organic farming, value addition and processing and other economic activities, this would compel the return of dwellers, visitors, tourists and passers by which would in turn empower farmers, improved their livelihood and bring advancement to the place.

Most abandoned farm lands of very rich crops like cocoa, kola nuts, Coffee, Oranges, Avocado pea, known unique fiditi cherries & many more which pest invasion, loss soil fertility and lack of man power due to the ageing farmers have driven into extinction can be reviving the hope of the remaining of farming population through training in organic soil fertility and pest management, crop Post-harvest management to reduce wastage, value addition to increase income, improved lifestyle & sustainability.

The revival of hope in Fiditi town through all the activities mentioned above come with powerful energy and synergy which makes unresistable for the younger generation to join in the hope movement.

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

Farming, food and hospitality was the lifestyle of the people of Fiditi and our food system vision would help revive this employing an holistic approach to elimination post-harvest losses & wastes which t is a major cause of the town's backwardness using organic farming for food production, value addition, preservation and processing, empowering and improving the quality of life of the smallholder farmers in this community, increasing the economic activities compelling investors and tourists still sustaining the green, cool and peaceful atomsphere of Fiditi.

Knowing knowledge is power, so continuous training on organic farming, soil fertility & pest management would be harnessed in empowering the farmers who in turn are emboldened to empower the community by the joy of being able to produce healthy food enough for their families, their community and the country at large.

The idle and discouraged youths also see and contact the energy to join in Fiditi hope movement as they begin to experience a changed lifestyle through the sustainable food system that leaves no stakeholder behind from the best practices by farmers, to training on continuous improvement, favourable policy to good market system etc.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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Thank you so much for the Food Extension Initiative.

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