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Pipe-a-Farm Solution

Conversion of rooftops, walls, spaces, garages and back of buildings in urban and rural areas to decent farms for sustainable healthy food.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Fountain-3 Technologies Ltd

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.


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

  • Under 1 year

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

Otta, Ogun state, Nigeria

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Nigeria Africa

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

Sango Otta and IFO local govt area, covers an area of about 98km ^ 2 Addo Otta local government, Ogun state, South West Nigeria. West Africa

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I am a Nigerian and have been living in Sango Otta for the past 12years

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.

Sango is an urban city, sorrounded by rocks, more or less the extension of Lagos state, just 10 km from Iyana Ipaja, the people are homely and very hospitable, though said, 80% of the dwellers are low income earners and artisans. 

Because it a western Nigerian state, it is dominated by the Yoruba tribe, with a large number of other tribes from Nigeria, owing to the fact that "Idi-Iroko border" links Nigeria to other African countries through Sango Otta in Ogun State. 

The regular table food in the region is Amala and Ewefu, rice and beans, Eba and soup and the people enjoy taking Agbo(local herbal concotions) 

Yoruba language is dominant, but English is considered the official language in order to accommodate strangers. 

The weather is fine and modestly hot and they experience heavy rain falls during the winter. 

The people have strong regards for the oba (king), at different times, they celebrate cultural activities such as "Oro" and the Egun gun festival (Masquerade dances). During "Oro" festival which will announced days prior to the celebration, women are forbbiden to see the masquerade or the naked men, during the festival, any woman caught at night time will be killed. 

Over the years, this festivals has been soft pedaled, as lots of tribes, race and foreign nationals now live in Sango Otta. 

They are very hospitable people who open their arms to strangers, tourist and visitors, who can work, own lands and marry from their people

Agriculture used to be one of the more source of income and trade, until industrilaztion took over, over large portions of the lands available have been converted to factories and living homes, to match the ever increasing needs. They are farmers of both cash crops and food crops such as cassava, maize, tomatoes, pepper, ground nut, yam, ewedu, and Guinea corn. 

The people hope to have better life, good food and funds to satisfy their other needs even though most have sold their lands to industries. 

Diet imbalance have made so any people look older than their ages, unkept and some malnourished. The people are hard working and resolute to better their lives everyday. 

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)


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.

Current challenges

Urbanisation affects the physical environment through the impacts of the number of people, their activities and the increased demands on resources. 

Urbanisation has negative consequences on health due mainly to pollution and overcrowded living conditions. It can also put added pressure on food supply systems.

Industrialization has historically led to urbanization by creating economic growth and job opportunities that draw people to cities. 

Urbanization typically begins when a factory or multiple factories are established within a region, thus creating a high demand for factory labor / work force

- Farmlands have been sold to factories and for housing needs 

- people manage to eat more of starchy foods just to survive

- Sometimes cultural activities disrupt businesses 

- fresh and healthy foods are being replaced with denatured and processed foods

- In the advent of advancement and globalization, the city is becoming hotter, dirtier and farms are disappearing 

- Government policies and need for more revenue is encouraging displacement of farms into factories 

- Solid and liquid waste pollution is on the increase, the discharge from the industries causes lots of ecological issues

Next 5 year

- there may not be more than 20% of the farmlands left to farm

- people will have to import food from neighboring communities and states at a higher cost

- there will be less trees to promote green revolution 

- The climate will be hotter, pollution will increase, and the number of solid waste will increase, littering the environment and blocking drainages. 

- more people may suffer malnutrition 

- people maybe forced to eat denatured foods than fresh and healthy foods 

- There maybe epidemic outbreak that may affect a large number of the citizen 

By year 2050

- there may not be more than 7.5% of the farmlands left

- People will have to import over 75% of their foods from neighboring communities and states at a higher cost

- There will be less than 50 natural trees per 5km to promote green revolution 

- The climate will be hotter, pollution will increase, and the number of solid waste will increase, littering the environment and blocking drainages. 

- over 40% more of the people may suffer from malnutrition 

- More women and children maybe forced to eat denatured foods than fresh and healthy foods 

-  Epidemic outbreak may affect more than 15% of the area

- More medical services maybe required to say the ailing members of the society

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

Solution we profer

Fountain-3 Technologies Ltd introduces "Pipe-a-Farm" solution to rural communities and urban cities with heavy need for housing, which has led to the loss or extinct of several farm lands, but with "Pipe-a-Farm", the rooftops, walls, open spaces, garages and back of buildings in urban and rural areas will be converted to decent farms for sustainable and healthy food supply.

Reports In 2016 shows that the number of urban areas (defined as a continuously built up land mass of urban development), with a population in excess of ten million was 36, compared to only two in 1950. 

Nearly one-tenth of the world’s population resides in those cities and a quarter live in urban areas with populations greater than a million. 

Among these, Sango Otta, the capital city of Ogun State is by far the 1.9 million people living in the associated urban area (Cox, 2016).

With the use of "Pipe-a-Farm", we will gather old used pet bottles that litter the environment, street corners and drainags, get plumbing pipes and hose which will serve as tap water supply. 

The bottles and plumbing pipes will be cut in to half, nailed on the walls at the back side of the house, the bottles will be punctured with small nails, then filled wit loamy souls (gathered from farms or lands used for housing purpose. The hose will be connected water the pipes.

Crops such as vegetables, onions,peanuts, pepper, tomatoes and other ornamental flowers will be planted. If the crop needs fertilizer, it is added to the water source and sent to the crops on the "Pipe-a-Farm"


1. Areas without farmlands, will convert her rooftops, building walls to "Pipe-a-Farm" to ensure food supply

2. Since urban cities gets hotter and oxygen decreases, crops planted in the "Pipe-a-Farm" (a green revolution) will provide extra oxygen to houses

3. This method helps reduce and re-use plastic waste such as pet bottles which are not biodegradable, ironically, over 5 billion pieces are thrown into the environment daily

4. "Pipe-a-Farm" is simple and almost at zero cost to set up and manage

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.

By adopting and integrating Pipe-a-Farm Solution, 

- There will be more fresh and healthy fruits, vegetables and foods for the people to eat

- Green house emission effect can be managed by the oxygen released by the green plants 

- The plastic waste will be used to improve farming and ensure a clean environment 

- issues of malnutrition will be manage drastically 

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

By 2050

Pipe-a-Farm Solution is designed to utilize waste and other resources to improve the environment promoting a clean and green environment 

Pipe-a-Farm Solution ensures healthy foods, seeds, and vegetables to reduce the risk of malnutrition among the people

The sales of the farm produce will in no small way increase the earnings and the economic standards of the people, in times of surplus harvest, the crops will be processed through a solar drying method and exported out of the region

The existing and future technologies will be adopted to improve the lives of the people, ensuring that, even where lands for agricultural purposes do not exist, we will adopt the resourcefulness over resources model to provide farms and fresh, clean and green cropping

We will intensify our advocacy and encourage more people to allow their premises be used for farming and deploy the solution to them at a reasonable cost

Pipe-a-Farm will ensure that draughts or food supply shortages will be extinct from communities even where farmlands don't exist

Environmental pollution and its effects will be cushioned, green house emissions will be brought under control and fresh air will be easily transnitted

The general outlook for the community will present a great distinction for a people who look healthy, eat healthy, breath healthy, who can still farm, sustain its self and export either before or after preservation. 

Nothing would make the people happier and healthy, than utilizing unavailabile spaces to veritable farm and crop sustainability. 

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

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Thanks well written and articulated model for inspiration wish you best of luck amongst final

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Thank you @Sarja Suwareh, it will be victory for the world.

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Keep it up

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