Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
I live here with my family
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.
Abuja is located in the centre of Nigeria, within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Abuja is a planned city, and was built mainly in the 1980s. It officially became Nigeria's capital on 12 December 1991, replacing Lagos, though the latter remains the country's most populous city. At the 2006 census, the city of Abuja had a population of 776,298, making it one of the ten most populous cities in Nigeria.
The land now called Abuja was originally the south-western part of the ancient Habe (Hausa) kingdom of Zazzau (Zaria). It was populated fore centuries by several semi-independent tribes. The largest of the tribes was Gbagyi (Gwari), followed by the Koro and a few other smaller tribes.peaceful, agriculturalist, artistic and Nupoid-speaking people living in North-Central geo-political zone of Nigeria. They predominantly live in the Niger, Kaduna States and the Federal Capital Territory. They are also found in Nasarawa and Kogi States in central Nigerian Area. Gbagyi is the most populated ethnic Group and indigenous in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, where their major occupation is farming. This means Gbagyi people are the bonafide owners of the Nigerian capital city, Abuja.The word Gwari, which the Gbagyi are famously called, is the name of a particular yam in Gbagyi. Principally there are three types of Gwari: Gwari Niger, Gwari Gengen and Gwari Yama. Before their farming occupation, Gwari’s were into calabash carving, pottery and hunting and fishing.
Basically, the religion consists of a “personal god, or guardian spirit, whose shrine is in a special tree in the kurmi, where offerings of fowl and beer are made.” It is worth noting that the Gbagyis consider the natural objects – both living and non-living – as endowed with the power and presence of either beneficent or malevolent spirits.
In terms of dressing, Gwari people usually dress like Hausas and they have predominantly Muslim population. They plant cotton on their farms, the materials of which they use to fabricate their traditional cloths.
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
Economically one of the challenges we face in food production is a good arable land for cultivation of crops. Good lands in Abuja are expensive. One the things to consider when getting a land here is the environment. Is the environment safe from cattle herdsmen or any form of inconvenience like bad road and lack of electricity?The food we cultivate here is mostly cassava,beans, seasonal crops like corn,Egusi, vegetables. Which we love to consume here in ABUJA. We make use of hired labourers because they are cheaper compared to mechanized farming.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
Challenges I see here is in the type of method used in food production. ARTIFICIAL fertilizer is mainly used for farming here and it is not so good for health. My vision is to promote the use of organic manure and method of farming.
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.
Their health and productivity will be improved.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
Here we will be making use of an alternative Agricultural system in which fertilizers of organic origin such as compost manure, green manure, and bone meal and places emphasis on techniques such as crop rotation and companion planting. Biological pest control, mixed cropping will also be used here. We will be making use of insect predators to control pest rather than chemical means of pest control. These methods of Agriculture is using natural means to produce food and raise animals as well. This will greatly improve our health as well as improve fertility of the soil.