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Empowering small-holder farmers Enhancing agricultural productivity, forestation, water availability for year round cultivation in Kebbi.

To empower 100,000 small holders rural farmers boosting agriculture productivity, create forestation, artificial water supply inKebbi state.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name


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.


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

  • 1-3 years

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?

Kebbi, a state northwestern state in Nigeria,has a total landmass of about 37,699 square kilometers.

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

As am active stakeholder, a rice farmer and Agro-services expert, My choice selections of this location is because Kebbi state is largely referred to as the home and hub of rice farmers in Nigeria as it’s arguably the biggest single state that produces rice in west Africa. It’s landmass of farmland constitutes 36.46%, it’s dominated by extensive flood plains(FADAMA) of inland river valley system, over 80% of the largest sources of surface water the Kainji lake is located in Kebbi state, a vast deposit of ferrugirious tropical soil and alluvial or fadama soil highly rich in nutrient and be suitable for crop production.

 With all This attributes,it surely has a massive role to play in the worlds food security, and moreso its a perfect leverage to attain my goal of achieving a self-sufficient Nigeria in the areas of rice production which would then go on to affect the world especially in the area of the most staple food rice.

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.

Kebbi state The land of equity, It was created on 27th August 1991 with Birnin Kebbi as the state capital. It currently has twenty-one local Government Areas. The predominant tribe and language is HAUSA. 

Kebbi State is located on the north It has a total landmass of about 37,699 square kilometers out of which 36.46% is made up of farmland. The landscape of Kebbi State is dominated by extensive flood plains (Fadama) of the inland river valley systems. The Niger River flows southwest across part of the state and the Rima River flows southerly through the center of the state to join the Niger. Both rivers have broad flood plains. The flow of River Rima is, however, perennial which reaches its peak during the short wet season that last between June and September. The largest sources of surface water, where the River Niger forms large body of water several square kilometers in size known as Kainji Lake; which is 80% located in Kebbi State. The geology of Kebbi State is characterized by thick and vast sequences of sedimentary deposits of the Sokoto Rima-basin, which underline about 50% of the area. The rest being underlain by Precambrian Basement complex rocks. The predominant soil type in Kebbi State, however, is the ferrugirious tropical soils. Their main features include a sandy surface horizon they are generally considered to be high in natural quality. Another type of soil that occurs in the state is the alluvial or fadama soil mostly found in Rima and Niger River Valleys. This soil is suitable for crop production. Farming in Kebbi State indeed depends to some extent on the fadama land that are sometimes several kilometers in width. the mean annual rainfall in the state varies significantly from the northern part (733mm) to the southern area (1045mm). Total number of rain days also varies from the north to the south (50 days to 80 days respectively). The wet season starts from June to September in the northern parts and April to October in the southern parts, with a characteristic intense local thunderstorm wither a short period.

Kebbi State has diverse ethnic composition with the following as the major tribes and the Local Governments they are mostly domiciled. These are Hausa All over the state but dominant in areas like Birnin Kebbi, Argungu, Jega, koko, Gwandu, Maiyama, Arewa and Augie Local Government Areas.

Major diet include, tuwo, fura da nono, rice, local Sphagetti, vegetables and fruits 

In terms of Cultural Festivals and Artifacts, the state is famous in the Argungu international Fishing and the Zuru annual Uhola Cultural Festivals. In addition, subsistent and small holder farmers constitute the bulk of agricultural activities. 

Major crop produces include rice, millet, wheat, sorghum, groundout, soya beans, water melon, onion, and Major cereals, which has constitute the major Agro-economic activities of the state

Fishing and cattle rearing, fattening and livestock farming is highly practiced in this state,

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

Environmental challenges: 

Kebbi state, is prone to desertification as a result of varying rainfall pattern, and this has being predicted to go worse over the years to come as a result of worldwide changing climatic conditions

Access to credit

2020 challenges 

small holder farmers are predominantly the bulk of cultivators in Kebbi state, a major challenge is access to credit to finance commercial productions, 

2050 challenges

Diversification of credits into recourses other than agriculture, such as more marriages resulting in increase in family sizes, corresponding to fragmentation of arable lands, increase in population leading to decrease in cultivable lands

Diet: dietary preferences around the world majorly affect the kind of food cultivated, however in time, certain crops aren’t cultivated in Kebbi which poise a challenge to security of certain food preference.

Technological advancement

2020 challenges. 

Low level technology and application in this environs poise a great challenge to farmers awareness to currnent farming practices which boosts production, due to the high level of illiteracy and willingness of farmers to adopt new farming practices poise a great challenge. 

2050 challenges

Technology based farming, however promising might face a religious backlash and its sustainability might be short lived. 

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

Creation of artificial water sources by the application of technology 

As a long term solution to desertification, I intend to create a solar powered artificial water generation and conservation irrigation system that depicts  the extensive flood Plains in the rainy season making water available all year round for cultivation and years to come. This would engineer plantation and growth of trees and conifers which would act as a soil covers, increase forestation positively affect the climatic condition of the state. As a tropical state Kebbi has a high amount of sunlight.

Small-holder farmers risk sharing base lending and credits 

As a solution to access to credit, a key major vision, we intend to make credit and inputs available to small holder farmers, which would engineer productivity. Grants gotten would be channeled to the empowering and ardent follow up of this small holder farmers. Inputs procurement, extension services and overall agricultural wellbeing of the state.

Farmers college and education centers across the state 

As an enlightening and educative measures, we intend to create the first ever agricultural school and education centers and extensions services where this farmers are educated on the application of technology and relative practices to boost production, this will run concurrently With demonstrations, as well as extension services to properly Establish technologically sustainability over the years.

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.

Access to credit and finances to engineer commercial production will increase the overall status-quo of the individual farmers And standard of living, more jobs would be created, increase revenue mainstream, overall availability and sustainability of food and corresponding reduction of inflations. Eradication and complete annihilation of rain dependent cultivation and it’s relatives

Lesser cultivation time and ability to cultivate a crop more than once every year increasing its availability. 

Kebbi state would actively contribute its quota to Global Food security 

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

the vision is solid cutting across the major challenges that bedevils the Nigerian cultivation Scene and how it has affected the world. 

A regenerative measures as engineered by my vision of creating a water source other than rainwater will create an overall crop cultivation, increase the chances of forestation, And make the environment more sustainable not only for Agro -services but an improvement  in environmental living conditions

Moreso, empowering small/holder farmers to cultivate numerous choice crops that appeals to thousands of ethnicity and diversity postively influence the chances Of overcoming dietary differences and limits. This has a direct effect on the economy of the state, as more farmers are empowered they will in turn employ labour that would cultivate, cultivation on harvest and sales brings revenues to the farmers, not forgetting the overall effect it will have on the commercial activities of the state. Increase in the income per capital of the farmers. 

Introduction ofTechnology into cultivation will increase and sustain food availability. This is because the availability and adoption of new farming system , technological predictions of climatic events will enable inept measures that will forestall loss and Agro mayhems 

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