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Mr Abdulwaheed Bawa Audu

It encompasses sustainable production of healthy food, with adequate care for environmental health and quality, backed by stable policy.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Almaidah Farms and Industries Nigeria

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.

The stakeholders to collaborate with me on this project include: Niger State Government, Federal University of Technology Minna, Ahmadu Bello University, Farmers and Farmers Associations, Agro-Input Dealers, Off-Takers, Food Professionals and Food Companies.

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

  • Just beginning now

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

Kaduna 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?

Niger State covers a total area of 76,363 km^2

What country is your selected Place located in?

Nigeria

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I work as Agronomist in the place selected. I work as Senior Agronomist for Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Ltd. I am interconnected with and I have excellent relationship with the various stakeholders of my intended project in Niger 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.

Niger or Niger State is a state in Central Nigeria and the largest state in the country. The state capital is Minna. The tribal natives of the state are: Nupe, Gbagyi, Kamuku, Kambari, Dukawa, Hausa and Koro

The state is named after the River Niger. Two of Nigeria's major hydroelectric power stations, the Kainji Dam and the Shiroro Dam, are located in Niger State.

The famous Gurara Falls is located in Niger State, and Gurara Local Government Area is named after the Gurara River, on whose course the fall is situated.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)

76363

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

3954772

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

Environmental Concerns

In my area currently there is poor handling and use of agro chemicals, pesticides and poor environmental friendly approach to agriculture. This may lead to environmental degradation, unhealthy food destruction of the natural ecosystems of the soil, air and water. Additionally there are problems of Bush burning during land preparation, high levels of greenhouse gas  release during agricultural activities especially carbon dioxide and methane. This current trend of not corrected may lead to huge negative environmental consequences not suitable for us and our future generations.

Diets

Adequate care is currently not given to the quality and safety of food we eat, poor packaging and storage facilities, poor transport infrastructure resulting into huge food wastage from farms due to spoilage. 

Economics 

There are alot of loopholes in the current food system approach due to huge losses due to spoilage, low yield, and yield quality. There is also the problem of export rejection by countries with strong bio safety standards regulations. This results in economic losses. 

Technology

The food systems approach currently lacks technological innovations and and sound policies that could enhance productivity and sustainability.

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

The challenge of negative environmental impact can be tackled using  environmental friendly approach to agriculture, the ensures low release of greenhouse gases and creating more carbon sinks through trees planting. This way will create an healthy environment for us and our future generations yet unborn that is now to 2050 and beyond. 

The diets will be adequately preserved to prevent spoilage, fortification with required nutrients, minerals and vitamins for good health and growth. 

Advocacy will bring about adequate infrastructural development to enhance transportation, storage low or zero food wastage and creation of Food Banks were excess food are stored, processed and preserved. 

Technological innovations such as artificial intelligence and robotics can be applied to enhance food production,  distribution and the efficiency in food systems. 

In 2050 the impact of climate change may become more obvious resulting in fewer lands due to submergence of large landscape by water bodies and population explosions. This may result in growing crops vertically in green houses, and use of genetic engineering to modify rate of food production, pest and disease control to maintain more food production to match the growing population and lower land mass. 

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.

Adopting my food system vision, the environment will remain healthy for us now in 2020 to 2050 and even beyond due to sustainable eco friendly approaches to agricultural activities. There will be adequate healthy foods for everyone. Food production and distribution will be more efficient,  effective and sustainable with no food wastage or spoilage, with all stakeholders playing their crucial role, backed by stable and sustained government policies.

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

Description of my vision for a regenerative and nourishing food for Niger State and its inhabitants for 2050.

My vision for a regenerative nourishing food starts from its environmental friendly cultivation, through processing and distribution till it  gets to the consuming population and the responsibilities of the various stakeholders at each stage. As an Agronomist it will require that I and other professionals in the food value chain, health and environmental professionals, and Niger State Government have important roles to play from this present point and projecting forward to 2050 while ensuring a promising future of nourishing foods for Niger State and its inhabitants. To make this work, Agronomist and farmers will ensure that ecological friendly approaches are used before during and after agricultural activities. This involves maintaining soil health giving the soil what was removed from it, integrated pest control and management practices, avoiding the use of harmful chemicals that could harm the environment and natural ecosystems of the soil and the entire environment, encouraging the practice of organic agriculture and use of genetic engineering to enhance food production. Also encouraging soiless farming, vertical farming, hydroponics, etc. to meet the demands for healthy food in 2050. Also experts in the field of medicine and nutrition will ensure that processed foods are formulated and adequately fortified with minerals and vitamins to meet the nutritional requirements of its consumers. Relevant policies must also be in place to ensure that healthy food systems  are maintained and sustained such that future generations yet unborn could benefit. 

Food banks will also be setup in strategic places in Niger State to eliminate or solve the problem food wastage, these food banks will also serve as reliable food storage centres and food processing centres for value addition. 

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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hi Audu:good evening from India. Nice submission. will love to learn if your farmers are facing water shortage in summer and winter? Are they having their rainy period crops disturbed due to water logging or flood in monsoon period? If yes then we will love to help you. For last 30 years we are working in this subject. we are helping our smallholders with our World Bank, UNFCCC, Securing Water for Food (USAID) and Millennium Alliance (DFID) awarded innovation BHUNGROO, which saves farmers from drought and flood, doubles farmers income and improves soil fertility. We are currently helping more than 100000 farming families across India, SEAsia, EAsia & Africa. We have also designed Youth Climate Leaders and Women Climate Leaders and winner of UN's Gender Just Climate Technology award as well as Green Climate Fund's Gender Champion award. I am sure both Youth Climate Leaders and Women Climate Leaders will add strength to your program.
We also applauded your entry. Will appreciate your feedback on our entry ""Antodaya" through Food".

www.naireetaservices.com , ph: +919825506900, wa: +919825506900, T: @BHUNGROO fb: BHUNGROO , e: biplab@naireetaservices.com

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Team

Good Morning Ma,

I am very grateful and delighted at your applaud towards my submission. I am also very impressed to learn that for the past 30 years you and your associated Organisations have been involved in helping farmers through preventing them from losses that may result from drought and flood as well as helping them improve their income through improved yield by improving the fertility of their soils, thanks for these great humanitarian activities.

As regards your questions on my farmers, yes they are often faced with water shortages during summer and winter seasons, it is often more severe during extremities of these weather conditions. These seasons are often very dry (hot summer and cold Harmattan), in these periods most lakes and inland rivers dry up and the very large rivers experience drastic reduction in volume. This experience usually affect farming activities and farmers in my area (Niger State), by reducing their farming activities in these areas, as farming cannot be done without adequate water. It will really be of great help if you and your partner Organisations can come in to mitigate or at least reduce this challenge my farmers face.

In recent years, flooding is usually experienced in some parts of Niger State during the rainy, this prevent farmers from farming in affected areas, or delay in cultivation while waiting for a drop in water level, and the rainy season also affects crop distribution. This is because some parts of the state are usually waterlogged while others are not, water tolerant plants such as rice are usually cultivated in waterlogged areas of the state, other non tolerant plants such as maize are grown in non waterlogged areas of the state.

I must also let you know that I am very passionate towards helping people and it is what I love doing, hence your support and assistance will really help me achieve much of these. Thanks Ma.

Your sincerely,
Abdulwaheed Bawa Audu
+2348030807971

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Team

hi Abdulwaheed:
thanks a lot for your prompt reply. we can surely help you. out team had a meeting with Niger Ambassador in India and we were invited to help Niger. if you are having an organization and also have some contacts in your Govt then you can share with them about our technology. Your team can exchange ideas with us and then Niger farmers can take advantages of our support. for your easy reference I am sharing some more detail of our work
Brief Intro of BHUNGROO
BHUNGROO®, a storm water management system (within Aquifer Storage & Recovery & Managed Aquifer Recharge and Recovery principles), filters, injects and stores excess rainwater within conformable natural subsoil reservoirs for dry period’s irrigating. Each Bhungroo is tailor made thru correlation of latest tech-tools viz Satellite imageries, subsoil images, resistivity & geohydrology log data etc (covering 13 variables) with 16 local community variables. Bhungroo designs attain farmers’ abject poverty & remoteness thru accommodating all pipe types- Plastic, PVC, UPVC, HDPVC, Cast Iron, Rought Iron, Cement pipe etc with diameter 4-12 inch to adapt to storm water quantum, subsoil conformable layers, filtration efficiency, available drilling skills, injection momentum and materials' availability.

Bhungroo casing depth varies 40-1200 ft. Bhungroo casing perforation can be circular, horizontal, threaded, vertical and angular with variations in spacing and locations. Bhungroo water injection staging is derived from subsoil conformable zones, its geometry and most importantly its non-usability for any other users/purposes.

Generally each Bhungroo is of multi-staging. Filtration chamber’s volume varies 1-150 m3 & follows Government safety and quality norms with UN’s open-source technology addition.

All Bhungroos need locally skill specific manual maintenance & Bhungroo accommodates both AC/DC pumping.


For your easy reference I am pasting few links where you can get all the detail of Bhungroo
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-44203188/helping-farmers-ride-out-india-s-droughts
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44071895
https://unfccc.int/mfc2014/lighthouse-activities/women-for-results/bhungroo/

Pl feel free to contact us

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Team

Good Morning Ma,
I am indeed greatly impressed to see the kind of assistance BHUNGROO® technology is offering indigent peasant farmers of India. It further can be of more significant assistance to more farmers if this technological innovation is effectively implemented in other geographical areas in order to mitigate the effects of drought and flood on agricultural productivity in these areas. Thanks a lot for sharing a brief of this technology to me, I am most grateful.
I will like to bring to your notice that the Niger State I am referring to is a state in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Likewise the nature of flooding in Niger State and most parts of Nigeria is often due to rise in ground water level (water table). Hence there is often no water storage space during floods, this is not intended to exclude the fact that there exist water logged soils in Nigeria that have the capacity to store water during wet season (rainy season) in its aquifer using your technological innovation. This can easily be detected using subsoil satellite imagery.
My Team of Agronomists covering Niger State is four (and we have a total of sixty Agronomists covering different states of Nigeria with which your team can further exchange ideas with on more of the geographical terrain of Niger State and Nigeria at large as well as reaching key stake holders such as; policy makers and leadership of the Nigerian government on the BHUNGROO® technology, and what our farmers especially those in drought prone areas of the country what they stand to benefit. Thanks.

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Team

Dear Abdul sir
great to hear from you. our team had been invited in India Africa Technology tranfer program. If you feel our technology can be helpful then there are few good news for you- a. you can write a letter to our high commission in your country expressing your interest to collaborate. They can pas the communication to right dept here in New Delhi and then we can be asked by our govt to support you. In this process grant or money has to be organized at your country level. b. there is an agency called CTCN (https://www.ctc-n.org/). As a govt organization you can get their support if you request them that you like to get training from us for BHUNGROO for your farmers. If the training program is conducted successfully in your country then you can qualify for further support for scaling the innovation. If you can do demonstration in your country after training (with support from CTCN) then you can qualify for further large budget support from other agencies for Climate change adaptation and food security. we can surely see the great future for your organization.

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