: A food system includes all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, tran
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
My fatherland and I am a citizen by birth
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.
Location of Maiduguri on a map. Maiduguri is a city found in Borno, Nigeria. It is located 11.85 latitudes and 13.16 longitude and it is situated at elevation 325 meters above sea level. Maiduguri has a population of 1,112,449 making it the biggest city in Borno.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
My Will Address These Issues because Feed the Future is helping smallholder farmers and small to medium enterprises improve their competitiveness in selected value chains, through increased access to finance, improved agricultural inputs and technologies, and extension services.
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.
Identification. Though there is archaeological evidence that societies have been living in Nigeria for more than twenty-five hundred years, the borders of modern Nigeria were not created until the British consolidated their colonial power over the area in 1914.
The name Nigeria was suggested by British journalist Flora Shaw in the 1890s. She referred to the area as Nigeria, after the Niger River, which dominates much of the country's landscape. The word niger is Latin for black.
More than 250 ethnic tribes call present-day Nigeria home. The three largest and most dominant ethnic groups are the Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo (pronounced ee-bo). Other smaller groups include the Fulani, Ijaw, Kanuri, Ibibio, Tiv, and Edo. Prior to their conquest by Europeans, these ethnic groups had separate and independent histories. Their grouping together into a single entity known as Nigeria was a construct of their British colonizers. These various ethnic groups never considered themselves part of the same culture. This general lack of Nigerian nationalism coupled with an ever-changing and often ethnically biased national leadership, have led to severe internal ethnic conflicts and a civil war. Today bloody confrontations between or among members of different ethnic groups continue.
Location and Geography. Nigeria is in West Africa, along the eastern coast of the Gulf of Guinea, and just north of the equator. It is bordered on the west by Benin, on the north by Niger and Chad, and on the east by Cameroon. Nigeria covers an area of 356,669 square miles (923,768 square kilometers), or about twice the size of California.