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Abukem International Company

An int'l network of community-driven food distribution enterprises, enabling the regeneration of landscapes, soils and local economies.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Abukem International Company

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Large company (over 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.

Open Food Network Australia Open Food France Open Food Network UK Katuma Open Food Network Scandinavia Open Food Network Canada Open Food Network USA Open Food Network Belgium and Luxembourg Oxfam Magasins du Monde Open Food Network South Africa Open Food Network Germany

Website of Legally Registered Entity

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

  • 3-10 years

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

Port harcourt, Lagos, Kano

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Lagos, Port harcourt, Kano as a total area that is less than 200,000km^2

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Our food system is a major driver of the greatest challenges humanity is facing: climate change, ecosystem collapse, plastic and chemical pollution, diet-related disease, hunger, farmer poverty and suicide, social isolation, modern slavery.

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.

We will not be able to enter the competition with this application because our vision is a better food system for the world. But we hope that the content of this application will be used by communities around the world - including those already involved with the Open Food Network - to build their food vision for their local community

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.

Current mainstream food system is organized around a small number of monopolistic actors who disconnect and disempower communities, producers and eaters. There are many alternatives reconnecting producers and eaters and supporting sovereign and regenerative farming and distribution models BUT they are still economically fragile, and not replicating rapidly due to lack of efficiency (limited access to tools & knowledge) and difficulties in cooperating (many groups are reinventing wheels).

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

We connect a global community of committed people, to work together on effective solutions We produce and openly share management and networking tools and sectoral knowledge resources, through research and software development We support an ecosystem of locally embedded partners, delivering services that make these tools and knowledge relevant and easily accessible

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.

Short term outcomes (0-5 years): - The Open Food Network is democratically managed by a community of contributors all over the world, who implement together new ways of working based on wholeness, empowerment and consent-based decision making. - Actors of the food system can easily find, connect and learn from one another through the Open Food Network, and have access to adapted management tools, enabling them to build efficient distribution systems - The Open Food Network hosts a comprehensive set of resources and tools including software, use cases, sectoral analysis and best practice to achieve economic viability. Intermediate term outcomes (5-10 years): - Every community-driven food distribution enterprise in the world has access to the Open Food Network resources in their language and can use them to support their performance and sustainability - Every citizen in the world looking online for a community-driven distribution hub can easily find one through the Open Food Network, or is proactively supported to create one through turnkey knowledge resources and tools - Any existing mainstream food enterprises willing to pivot are supported to switch towards community-driven food production and distribution models by the Open Food Network community In our long term vision: - Sustainable farming practices are commonplace, supported by a network of community-driven food distribution enterprises, enabling the regeneration of landscapes, soils and local economies - The food system is composed of diverse and inclusive food enterprises using models and tools that suit their context and are modelled on natural patterns - Food sovereignty is underpinned by technological sovereignty: all actors of the food system have a common ownership of knowledge, tools and infrastructure that enable collaboration through seamless interoperability.

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

We hope to talk to the Food System Vision team to discuss how we can integrate the Open Food Network vision (summarized above) with their plans.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Email


Join the conversation:

Photo of Aphrodite Oti

Thanks for the insight to open food network. Will research further and see how the network can help my team vision to succeed

Photo of Village Development  Center (VDC)

Thank you very much

Photo of Mat Jones

Hi Joseph and colleagues, The Open Food Network is a very intriguing idea in context of Nigerian urban food systems. I think there is an interesting connection with our Lagos application, where we are looking at the democratisation of food systems through the open data revolution.

Photo of Joseph Anyanwu

Yeah! you can me on whatsapp with 08036455397. You can be our network.

Photo of Itika Gupta

Hi Joseph Anyanwu welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!
It is lovely to see you build a Vision for the Global Food Systems that looks at building community driven food distribution enterprises across the world.
We appreciate your interest in building a Vision for the global food system. The intent of inviting people from around the globe to submit Visions is to allow people to get inspired from each other's idea of the future. However, a macro Vision for the future needs a micro action in the present. And a proof of context can be built for a smaller region, with tangible people and a context.
What would the food system in Nigeria look like in 2050?
How might you evolve your Vision to make it more inclusive and systemic for your local food system and its numerous stakeholders? You can find some guiding principles on Systems Thinking and inspiration in the Vision Prize Toolkit in Chapter 3 under Tools of Transformation.

Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.

Photo of Joseph Anyanwu

Thanks Itika Gupta. I appreciate your assistance and for the toolkit.

Hear from you soon.