Solving micro nutrient deficiencies, under-utilization of crops, environmental pollution and ensuring sustainability.
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
The place i have selected is my state of origin
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.
Akwa Ibom state, the Land of Promise, is one state in the south-south region of Nigeria that indeed holds a lot of promises. There’s much to see and experience in this homely region that will, in the end, endear you to its people and environment. There are captivating coastal areas, beautiful sand beach resorts, exquisite hotels, soothing relaxation centers and rich cultural and historical sites, among many other interesting places to explore in this gleaming state. Such quietness and peace is found in this state, especially in its towns and even in a number of its major cities like Eket and Ikot-Ekpene. The area is not a volatile one that is prone to bouts of violence and aggression. The roads are good and free of constant traffic and ‘go-slow’. In minutes, you can transport yourself to the different areas of the state with little stress.
Akwa Ibom State lies within the tropical rain forest zone, consequently, her traditional diet is dominated by vegetables, sea foods and domestic animals. Most of which are in season for a greater part of the year. Like every other African woman, Akwa Ibom woman spends about 30% to 40% of her working time on food preparation. Akwa Ibom people are as industrious and resourceful as they are hospitable. They are predominant farmers. Other traditional occupations of the people are fishing, trading, hunting, wood-carving, raffia works, blacksmiths, pottery, iron works, tailoring, arts and crafts creations.
The alluring and peace loving state habitually known as ‘The Land of Promise’ is factually a promise land. At age 21, it is an achiever already with the aid of heroes both past and alive. From its cradle in the late 80’s till date it has always been peace loving, hospitable and war-free. Every single thing that identifies its culture from food to mode of dressing, to beliefs and values, to ascendancy to leadership speak good and modifies the people’s mentality every passing day
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
The problem of food crops going into extinction, micro nutrient deficiencies and environmental pollution has been a major threat to my state and country. When I was growing up, much younger. My mother usually prepares mung bean as a porridge and Ariel yam. There were so many varieties but Ariel yam the best way I enjoyed it was when it has to be dipped in red oil. But currently (2020), I discovered that we could no longer eat it as often as we did and then I went ahead to ask my mum and she said she could scarcely get them from the market meaning that it was going into extinction. Consumption of mung bean and olden days yam is now unconventional. It is no longer a common food as it were in the olden days. In 2050, our 21st century generation could barely identify it, which would affect our Nutrition negatively. This prompted me to go into research and I discovered that since it meant nothing to the new generation, they could hardly purchase it from the sellers in the market and that led to low or no profit for sellers. These foods also spoil in their hands and damage, which reduces their request and quantity from farmers and in turn reduce production and output.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
We are using Ariel yam and Mung bean crop. These crops are known to be underutilized in Nigeria and are going into extinction. The two crops will be processed into flour and combined with the addition of fruits flours and vegetables flours. It is going to be a multipurpose flour in that would be made in three varieties of these mixed flours. The first variety will be the milk type which are the ones with the fruits flour or natural sweeteners. It can be used as oat meal, people can take it with or without milk. The second variety would be the combined flour with vegetable flour and would be used with soups. The third variety would be the combined flours with fruits and vegetables flours and would be used for baking all confectioneries. The product would be packaged into recyclable plastic bags to enhance environmental sustainability.
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.
The vision would be used by everyone; children, young adults and the elderly. It would be used as an oat meal for children and adults or the elderly. It can be used to make dumplings for soups, it can be used for all kinds of confectioneries.It would also benefit those that are allergic to gluten and enhance proper blood production for all age groups. Also, our environment would be protected through proper packaging and recycling of food bags.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
Food crops going into extinction, micro nutrient deficiencies and environmental pollution are part of the problems that Goal 2 and 3 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) seeks to address. However, by 2050 we are solving this by using some of the crops that are underutilized to produce good quality multipurpose flours. Also, enriching these flours with micro nutrients and packaging our product in recyclable plastic rubber bags.
We are making use of Ariel yam and Mung bean. The two crops will be processed into flour and combined with the addition of fruits and vegetables flours. It is going to be a multipurpose flour in that we will have three varieties of these mixed flours. The first variety will be the milk ones which are the ones with the fruits flour or natural sweeteners. It can be used as oat meal, people can take it with or without milk. The second variety would be the combined flour with vegetable flour and would be used with soups. The third variety would be the combined flours with fruits and vegetables flours and would be used for baking all confectioneries.
OUR BUSINESS MODEL includes the use of Bricks and Clicks Model (Online and offline) We will be employing the use of the bricks and clicks model in other to integrate the use of offline (shops and stores) and online space. People get the opportunity of placing orders online and in person. It also integrates our target demography. We would employ the use of various business growth models to generate revenue and scale up.
What makes our project unique is the fact we are making use of underutilized crops, by doing this there will be more opportunities for farmers and food diversity. The flours are nutritious thereby enhancing good health for the people. it is a Balanced meal. It is a very nice supplementary meal( the carbohydrates, protein, fat and all several micro nutrients). Making use of these crops will encourage the steady production of these two crops to be used as flour for our product, thereby ensuring food security and sustainability.
IMPACT ON OUR ENVIRONMENT
One of the greatest environmental concerns of the world is the indiscriminate use of plastic and rubber wastes that don't decompose.And of course, flours are packaged in plastic bags. we are going to make use of recyclable plastic wastes. What this means is, we would not only manufacture these materials for packaging, but will particularly use recycled plastic rubber bags. Thereby, promoting environmental sustainability.