Farmer's Service Centers
Enabling a food future that is sustainable, devoid of extreme hunger and poverty.
The Future of food is linked to the prosperity of smallholder farmers!
Who will win this war? You are the decider!
Lead Applicant Organization Name
Kitovu Technology Company
Lead Applicant Organization Type
Small company (under 50 employees)
Website of Legally Registered Entity
How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?
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?
Oyo, a State in Nigeria, covers 28,454 km^2.
What country is your selected Place located in?
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
I have lived at Iseyin for the last six years. Iseyin was the turning point in my life because it provided the baptism by fire I needed to find out what I needed to do with my life; spend it fixing the frictions in the Agricultural sector. It is also the town where I ran my first ever commercial farm.
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.
Oyo is an inland state in south-western Nigeria, with its capital at Ibadan. It is bounded in the north by Kwara State, in the east by Osun State, in the south by Ogun State and in the west partly by Ogun State and partly by the Republic of Benin. The Climate is equatorial, notably with dry and wet seasons with relatively high humidity. The dry season lasts from November to March while the wet season starts from April and ends in October. Average daily temperature ranges between 25 °C (77.0 °F) and 35 °C (95.0 °F), almost throughout the year. It is a predominantly agrarian state, with farmers growing crops like rice, maize, soya bean, yam, cassava, and cucumber. They also raise poultry, catfish, and pigs. Notable cities and towns in Ọyọ State include Ibadan, Ọyọ, Ogbomọsọ, Isẹyin, Kisi, Okeho, Saki, Eruwa, Iroko, Lanlate, Oje-Owode, Sepeteri, Ilora, Awe, Ilero, Okaka, Igbo Ora. The people here are predominantly Yoruba's with a predilection to living in dense urban centers.
Map of Oyo State showing the different local governments.
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 earning potential of most farms in Oyo State is very low. This is because of very low yields with crop yields at a third of global yield averages (IFPR-World Development Report 2008), as well as very high post-harvest losses with between 40 and 60% of everything produced lost to post-harvest losses annually (FAO/AGRA 2012). The very low yields are a result of a combination of factors; limited access to high-quality inputs, limited access to finance, limited availability of extension service with the ratio of extension workers to farmers at 1 to 9,000. As a result, farmers are very poor and constitute about 75 % of all the people who survive on less than $1 per day.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
Kitovu has developed a very unique platform; the Kitovu Mobile App and Machine Learning Platform. The Kitovu digital platform enables us to collect, analyze and aggregate soil, field and market demand data which gives us the capacity to provide decision support, soil and plant health analysis, as well as access to markets. Using data, we enable farmers to use the right inputs which leads to a 30% reduction in fertilizer usage and consequently farm production costs. Our farmers achieve triple the national yield averages, enabling them to produce more from less, meaning that there is a reduced need for deforestation of land. Finally, our data enables farmers to grow what the industry requires, ensuring there is a direct market for what they produce and leading to a 50% reduction in Post-harvest losses.
According to The Digitalization of African Agriculture Report 2018–2019, “the bundling of three services (access to finance, advisory services, market linkages) can lead up to a 57% increase in income for farmers, and up to 168% increase in yield. This insight in behind our goal to set up a one-stop-shop for smallholder farmers; a Farmers Service Center, bundling together these services and more. The Farmers Service Center would be a community based farmers excellence center where farmers can come to access extension services, high quality inputs like seeds, fertilizers and agrochemicals that are most suitable for their crops, request for input financing, get market insights and sell their commodities, as well as set up their cooperative and personal savings accounts. Farmers can also request for tractor services, as well as the services of trained sprayers and planters. It would also be a central location for the training of farmers on good agricultural practices.
At the Farmers Service Center, we would train youths and women on the use of our various platforms; the mobile app for data collection, the cooperative and personal savings platform, as well as on extension and farm management. We would also train youths on the best techniques to spray and plant and they can offer their services professionally to farmers within their locality; these would create employment opportunities.
Through the farmer's service center, we would bring technology closer to farmers, domesticate good agriculture practice knowledge, map farm locations and collect better data seamlessly, and drive financial inclusion while creating massive opportunities for young people in the form of employment. Traceability of all inputs supplied to farmers and commodities produced by the farmers would be guaranteed. In addition, farmers would be able to access finance and equipment and services easily. As a result, they would be able to achieve higher yields and a consistent increase in access to markets. This, in turn, means increased income for them.
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.
Farmers Service Center would bring technology and high-quality inputs closer to farmers, enabling them to use the right inputs which would lead to a 30% reduction in fertilizer usage and consequently farm production costs. Our farmers would achieve triple the national yield averages, enabling them to produce more from less, meaning that there is a reduced need for deforestation of land. We would enable farmers to utilize data to grow what the industry requires, ensuring there is a direct market for what they produce and leading to a 50% reduction in Post-harvest losses. The net effect is a new breed of farmers; growing crops sustainably, enabling food security and living in prosperity outside of the clutches of extreme poverty and hunger.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
In Nigeria and in most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, there is a huge disconnect between farmers, buyers, research institutions. These gaps are the breeder of inefficiencies that keeps farmers in a state of perpetual poverty. By facilitating access to better inputs, knowledge, and tools, we empower farmers to transition from a subsistence farming system to a commercially-oriented one, earn a living, and improve food security and nutrition.
Our Farmers Service Centers would be a one-stop hub offering inputs – seeds, fertilizers, crop protection products, extension and other services like crop price information, financing and trade credit, and equipment leasing to millions of smallholder farmers who make up 75% of all people who live on under a dollar a day.
Through the Farmer Service Center Model, we would enable the sustainable production of food by ensuring that only the right quantity of fertilizers is added to the soil, ensuring that the pace at which soil degradation takes place is reduced. This means that farmers are able to produce more from less, reducing the cost of their production. Our approach fuses the best of technology to drive yield increase, access to finance and markets, as well as good agriculture knowledge.
With Farmer Service Center, we would enable at least 5,000 farmers to triple their crop yields, leading to increased income for the farmers. However, beyond that, Farmers Service Center provides a plug and play model for wide-ranging collaborations from both government and private sector to provide support for farmers and to effectively mobilize finance for smallholder farmers. Private sector establishments can provide machinery and equipment for lease by farmers through the hub, resulting in an exponential increase in productivity by farmers. Finance organizations can also channel finance to farmers through the Center, enabling farmers to expand their holdings while ensuring that funders are given money to well trained and equipped farmers.
With Farmers Service Center, we would bridge the gap between farmers and commodity buyers, research institutes, and even seed companies, ensuring that farmers get the best of inputs while producing exactly the varieties required by commodity buyers. These would limit the losses of commodities due to market mismatch.
As Farmers Service Center expands to other locations, we have the potential to reach over 5,000,000 farmers in 5 years, who we would triple their yields, increase their incomes and create market linkages for. This would be on the back of about 100,000 new jobs created for youths and women. Not only would we empower farmers, but we would transform the economy and guarantee food security; one farmer at a time.
Leveraging data to build a better food future through the Farmer Service Center.
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