Mr Abdulwaheed Bawa Audu
It encompasses sustainable production of healthy food, with adequate care for environmental health and quality, backed by stable policy.
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?
Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?
Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?
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?
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?