Fodder for livestock
Use of fodder as a way to feed livestock, combat climate change, push for food security and ensure health
Cows remain an important source of protein source in Nigeria, however they are also a large contributor to Greenhouse gas emissions, a reason for constant clashes between herdsmen and farmers, and use of vast acres of land. Fodder production is able to solve these issues as the cows can be in a central area, and food produced year round. This also ensures food quality while putting an end to the communual clashes, it allows government to properly monitor and tax the industry while creating jobs
Lead Applicant Organization Name
Eupepsia Place Limited
Lead Applicant Organization Type
Small company (under 50 employees)
Website of Legally Registered Entity
How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?
Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?
Abeokuta, Ogun state Nigeria
Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?
Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeriao
Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?
Ogun state (16,981km2) and Lagos state (3,577 km2) Lagos is Nigeria's biggest city and with proximity to ogun, it can be the home to the cow
What country is your selected Place located in?
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
I am a Nigerian by birth and also live in Nigeria, I reside in Abeokuta (ogun state) and as a farmer i am aware of the clashes between herdsmen/farmers, the quality of meat/milk from cows as well as the impact of climate change. The everyday farmers and herdsmen are people who i live with, who i understand their pain and i believe firmly with technology (fodder) they will be able to live peacably, make ends meet and create a sustainable future for all
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.
Abeokuta indigens are mainly farmers, a representation of Nigeria's populace. Most of the farmers are engaged in crop production at a subsistence level, while mostly northerners bring in their cows to rear in these community, the choice is the favourable weather for the production of plants even when in dry season, the access to lands which are relatively cheap but during the peak of dry season, to feed the cows the herdsmen go into the farms with the mind to negotiate but the crop evaluation by the herdsmen and the farmers differs most times, in cases were a few agree, they trample on other farms to get to agreed destination and this results in conflicts.
Lagos a neighboring state spends an average of $4m daily (https://punchng.com/lagos-consumes-n1-6bn-worth-cattle-daily/) on cow meat, thus with the high demand, the herdsmen are in dire need for a sustainable way to rear their animals.
Our culture as yorubas is to protect the land, improve the land and ensure their is an inheritance. We have worked tirelessly on pushing for technology driven agriculture generally
With my work within the agricultural space, i have seen a big rooted problem at the bottom which is the underlying need for sustainable food production that allows for collaboration between the herdsmen and the farmers, hence the fodder for livestock
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.
With the growth in population and prediction Nigeria will be 3rd most populous nation, the strain on the environment for food security will be high and the competition for civilization; there is a need to have food systems that ensures food production is not seasonal, and also ensure the process of food production is healthy for the farmer, the consumer and the environment. In addition, with our digital tools, we are able to ensure the quality of the meats produced, and over time ensure we can influence the policies of the nation to adopt same nationwide. There will be a cultural shock for the herdsmen who have gone through open grazing and migration, but the routes for grazing will get smaller and bleaker, thus we will be creating a way to aid food production, remain in business and give an alternative to migration and open grazing.
With the growing population, rural migration, impact of climate change, there is an increased pockets of crisis and with the demand for food rising and the means for food production if not checked will continue to decline, it is but a time bomb we are sitting on as crimes will increase, the poor will get poorer as wealth flows to the already rich, this will give way for more processed non-nutritious food for the sake of filling the stomach.
By the year 2050, people will want faster protein source, a way to get more out of confined spaces left for agricultural food production, thus without proper optimization with technology, food production will be pushed to rural areas
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
Fodder is a way of growing grains specifically for animals, in 7 days we can grow grains to feed cows. We are able to select best grains for specific purpose that is whether the cows are reared for meat or milk and the breed type. We are also able to select seeds which reduces the greenhouse gas emissions from the animals. With our digital tools, we remotely monitor the health of the animals, our veterinary team will use these data in taking care of the animals. We can also ensure the animal produce are healthier for the populace, which is fundamental to good health
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.
There is an end to the communal clashes and herdsmen/farmers clashes permanently, we are able to ensure the conflicts that result from herdsmen trying to feed the cows are resolved. We are also able to combat the impact on climate change from cow rearing through targeted nutrition for the animals, we are also able to bring in youths into agriculture in a way that appeals to them. This will ensure we reduce the average age of the farmer from its current 60 years to half of that at the very least.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
Protein remains a primary diet and for us in Nigeria, meat and milk forms a bulk of our protein source and having a sustainable way to produce meat year round without affecting the production of plants is essential, this is much more so with the population growth and urban migration. We need to be able to use as little space as possible in the production of meat and milk from cows
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