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ACTAFRICA Kwande Project is an agro-industrial value network coordinating to enhance productivity, trade and inclusive impact

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Lead Applicant Organization Name


Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Other

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Wamba Local Government Area Authority, Local Government Area Authority of Qua'an Pan, Council Authority Representative, Machine and Equipment Consortium Africa, Agro-Infusions Synergy, ARM Pensions, Premium Pensions, First Bank of Nigeria, Fidelity Bank PLC, Universal Insurance PLC, Green Sahara, Neo-Ubuntu Agro-Resource (Trust) Company, Agricultural Investments (Funds) & Mutuals,Nile Impact Development & Alignment, Core Links Direct, Profile Builders LLC, Small Scale Women Farmers' Organization in Nigeria, Tiger Foods, Valyrian Ventures, Apple and Pears, Just Series Nigeria, Enterprise Plateau, Technoserve, Quarhess Farms, Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, CourierPlus, Queen of the Green, Muri Foods and Beverages, National Ginger Association of Nigeria, Farm Chique, Jokun Farms, Sunny Kuns Nigeria, Commodity Markets, Ace Foods, NICERT, Jasond Bloom, Wellman Integrated Farms, Ombguabu Agricultural Business, Simply Basic Comm

Website of Legally Registered Entity

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

  • 1-3 years

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

Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


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

Kwande is a huge town estimated to be more than 500 under Qua'an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria

What country is your selected Place located in?

Kwande, Qua'an Pan Local Government Area, Plateau State

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Kwande is a historic place with a diverse and versatile cultural orientation. The people are predominantly farmers growing majorly yam, rice, cassava, maize and other staples. The people were into salt production centuries ago. Kwande has a receptive people and constitutes various clans and tribes. It has a greater need for the unification of its people towards gaining economic vibrancy and connecting to the rest of the world. It occupies a central position within the region connecting to several states in Nigeria and particularly within the North-central geo-political axis. Kwande doe not have any unified structural programs and livelihood enhancement interventions for its people and because of its diversified nature, it has not been able to establish traditional leadership to guide its growth and development. Only renowned people from the place and the government that help to bring about development interventions in the locality. Farming is the life force of the people and production is carried out within the undulating savanna usually without the supporting technologies and using largely traditional experiences to grow only traditional crops without a commercial perspective brought to bear. Without water supplies, the people engage in only seasonal rain-fed production and they lack the entrepreneurial and organizational competencies to collaborate and upscale productivity. The prominent people of the land have indicated strong interest to mobilize the people and their resources towards commercial productivity and connecting more to global markets. For this, the representative ruler of the community has dedicated over 2000 hectares of farming land to be allocated for production within an inclusive framework that attracts various stakeholders bringing to bear their various development and technical competencies. This is to ensure that the people have increased incomes and gain better standards of living from their combined abilities organize into a working system.

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.


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.

The Kwande community is characterized by lack of water during dry season. The soils are quite fertile but weathering out to erosion on a yearly basis. The issue of climate change brings hardship to the people from loses due to weather unpredictability. Floods and elongated droughts are common in the Kwande community of Qua'an Pan. There is consistent use of chemical fertilizers as they seek means to increase yields. Farmers grow largely staples including rice, yam, millet, sorghum and maize. They apply traditional knowledge and experience while incurring loses year by year. They lack technical know-how of producing under irrigation systems. The Kwande people of Qua'an Pan consume mostly carbohydrates and lack the adequate nutrition for sustainable vitality and growth. Protein-based foods are rarely produced within the community. Kwande is a diverse place with people from various tribes and clans. There have been issues of communal clashes in the past which have been long curtailed. Notwithstanding, Kwande has a representative traditional headship as the people have not been able to come to terms on the most appropriate person to head them. The Yahaya Kwande family is probably the most successful family in the community and the family has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the people and the lands. Schools, community water works, enterprise support and empowerment interventions have been rendered by the family. The Kwande people have been predominantly farmers who have produced mainly for subsistence. They have used only crude and traditional technologies to work their farms and process foods. They have encountered monumental loses due to poor post-harvest storage. The supply of inputs has been very poor and the have been largely forced to recycle old planting stock which exposes their crops to incidences of attack by pests and diseases. Only until recently, a tractor was brought to Kwande by the Yahaya Kwande family to support production within the area. Extension services do not reach the area and the local government allocations only trickle in. There are no deliberate growth plans for community development and economic advancement. The Kwande community does not have prominent market days like other places so the people take their produce to other local markets under duress. The prominent people within have done significantly well to provide basic amenities in strategic locations to service people. No public water works but the grid power overhead transmission only supplies power to a very small portion of the community. Schools and town halls are only recently coming up within the community. The Kwande community does not have a bank and has only about two Point of Sales System. No vibrant welfare services and supporting community infrastructure. Without no structured development strategy in place, the resources are hardly mobilized within a functional framework and are only being put to use as communities come.

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

The ACTA Kwande Project is keen on helping to establish a Value Network System consisting of the various components of the community organized for productivity in a unified and inclusive fashion by which there is the greater ability to attract and retain capital within the community. The project is helping to coordinate and to promote productivity, trade, responsible business conduct and a global perspective to accelerating inclusive and sustainable growth to the benefit of all stakeholders. The Value Network is keen on enhancing efficiency, and establishing transparency and fairness in the agricultural business environment; it uses agriculture for the socio-economic integration of the people. The project will be helping to organize the community and developing a productive system pooling in various interests to enhance the productive capacity of the community. It will be bringing to bear the supportive production applications and technologies while providing the service support to drive enterprise inclusion, financial inclusion and digital inclusion. The fundamental function of the ACTA Kwande Project is to help identify and maximize synergies, while also reducing trade-offs, between the objectives of financial stability, economic growth, and returns on investment. Realizing the full potential of its coordination efforts will be crucial for strengthening the ability of agricultural and agricultural-allied enterprises in participating in value chains within the community. THE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES within perspective are: • To reduce the risks in agricultural enterprise within the community. • To build long-term capacity of the local institutions and value chain entities such that they can innovate, take risks, expand into new markets and create jobs. • To establish and institutionalize appropriate incentives (access to markets, production contracts, access to credit and technical resources) across functional areas. ACTA adopts a coordinated and comprehensive global approach involving all actors while bearing a distinctive blend of advocacy, standard setting, and coordination of production and trade. The project will provide technical assistance, enterprise and network support, training, capacity enhancement and programming services and solutions that are cost-effective, practical and which add real value. More so, it will help evaluate the production systems and processes to bring about needed adjustments for optimization. These will help manage the environmental issues, social and economic impediments as well as the ensure sustainable enterprise practices and resource flows. Currently it running trial production in the community and it has introduced the community to new commercial crops including hibiscus, sesame, ginger, turmeric, chili pepper and some herbs and spices. The project is also helping to introduce them to supporting technologies and applications such as irrigation farming and processing mechanisms.

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 impact of ACTA primarily borders on ensuring that its facilitation and supporting system agenda bring about the social, economic and financial stability which will be sustainable. It will attract the resources and infrastructure in order to address the current gaps while ensuring that risk-adjusted returns are sustainable and meet market expectations. The project will create a virtuous circle out of investments that generates sustainable social and economic growth. The main drivers of ACTA are: • Increase standardized data and information for assessment, increased transparency, and boosting performance in the agricultural ecosystem. • Evaluate agricultural systems and processes to bring about needed adjustments for optimization. The project will bring about fulfillment of a transformative agenda consolidating the coordination of the agro-industrial ecosystem for enhanced productivity and socio-economic performance in Kwande. Reckoning with the prevailing social, political, economic and environmental inadequacies, it behooves principal stakeholders to establish coordination mechanisms and institutionalize support systems that enhance industry performance in the most sustainable way. The ACTA Kwande Project is keen on working with relevant actors within functional operational frameworks to enhance agricultural value and supply chains. It comprises of an extensive value network of public interests, producers, suppliers, service providers, civil society, and enterprise professionals. In a feat to strategically gain working inclusion with particular regards to establishing high-performance enterprise revenue streams through Agriculture, it is deemed of significance to synergize resources and exercise leverages in optimizing the abundant and still emerging opportunities, locally.

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

Images of various activities ongoing at Kwande under the ACTA Kwande Project

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Join the conversation:

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Hi Ahmed Shaibu  - welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!

Thank you for submitting your vision for a value network system in Nigeria.

A few other questions and suggestions that might help to guide and strengthen your vision:
- I noticed that the section on your Full Vision is blank with some pictures. I'd encourage you to fill this part out and think about what will the food system look like in 2050? Especially if you achieve your social, economic and financial stability, how will that impact the future trajectory of the food system? Tell us the story of how you imagine the future!

I also wanted to make sure that you have seen our Food Vision Prize Toolkit with a lot of information, activities, and guidelines. The Toolkit can help you refine your Vision and make it more systemic, human-centered and well informed for the future. Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:

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