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Africa's Protein House

This vision intends to make protein richly available in Africa beginning from our local communities in Delta state, Nigeria.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Bird House Africa RC 2863453

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

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

  • Under 1 year

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

Agbarho, Delta 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?

Delta, a state in Nigeria, covers an area of 17,698 km^2.

What country is your selected Place located in?

Nigeria

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I am a Nigerian born and brought up here in Africa. I see the intense hunger and lack before us every day and most times increase in Crime rate is associated with the present economic situations on ground. I chose to begin from Nigeria because it is a place where I have experienced life the most; I have traveled to over 75% of the states in Nigeria from Abuja to Edo, Lagos to Katsina and many others. The rate of hunger is alarming and in most of these places, protein is not a thought, most times children have no access to meat, fish, eggs or even beans. In the nooks and crannies of some of the villages that surround us, families eat garri (a cassava meal) or fufu (a cassava meal) day in day out and year in year out. Once in a while, they get to eat some rice with stew and no meat or any source of protein. Children are malnourished and suffer a lot due to hunger, they are not able to fully develop and such affects their academic performance. I want to see a Nigeria that protein is not far fetched for the poor. I desire to have protein projects where people can have meat, fish, beans, prawn, eggs at very low prices. Where marts, malls and even market women will have access to protein and low income earners will be able to purchase. Then we will have healthier children, stronger communities, a brighter future and a better world.

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.

Delta state is a state with low business activities and high unemployment rate, due to the economic recession in Nigeria beginning from President Goodluck Jonathan's regime. A lot of companies relocated from the region in order to streamline operations and reduce cost. Most companies here are privately owned and workers are paid between 10,000 naira / 28.6 USD monthly (Unskilled labour) and 50,000 naira / 142.9 USD monthly (graduates). The banks and government pay much more, however these opportunities are open to a few as banks and government organizations are very few. There are more crop farms here than animal farms, basically the animal farm here is poultry. Dominant crops include Cassava, pumpkin, plantain, sweet potato and cucumber. It rains from May to October/November then the dry season usually called the harmattan takes off from there. The basic diet for people here is Garri (from cassava), fufu (from cassava), Ugwu (Pumpkin leaves),stew, rice and white beans. The people here are very traditional, holding on to beliefs passed on to them from fore fathers of ten decades and beyond. The land is good, it is not a flooded place although the state has had cases of flood in the rural areas of Ijaw land but generally the topography is good. There are not too many farmers in Delta state. Most of our food come from the northern parts of the country and because these farmers are under pressure to meet the market demand, they do not observe best practice. The languages here in Delta is basically Ijaw, Itsekiri, Delta Ibo, Urhobo, Isoko, Okpe and some other minor languages and there are various feasts and festivals celebrated here. The Urban/Rural percentage is about 65:35 and there is a lot of rural urban migration because of search for good income sources and most of the rural areas are under developed. The people in the region are believing that someday the state government will look on their poverty, hunger, light issues, bad roads, unemployment and other issues they face as a state. The citizens are waiting for the government to come to their aid. The effect of diets on the health of the population include heart failure, rheumatism, diabetes, hypertension and other health issues.

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

100000

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

1) Environment: Farms are a source of environmental pollution 2) Diets: the team needs to create an awareness that protein is no longer far fetched for the African home. 3) Culture: 4)Technology: 5) Economics: 6) Policy:

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

We intend to build a state and country that is rich in protein, people no longer have to go far to get healthy protein meals, we intend to raise people who will sensitize local communities on the need for protein in their diets thereby raising other organizations that will promote protein consumption in Africa

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • www.opportunitiesforafricans.com

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hi your idea is great, pls we can collaborate and work on my food system. egg production is part of the system and we can best collaborate to make this dream come true

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