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Sustainable agriculture through integrated farming and hands-on training programs for healthy nutrition and food security come 2050

Integrated farm system consisting of a sesamum plant field, greenhouse, piggery, fishponds as well as training programs to replicate it

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

BIG SEED AGRICULTURE

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

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

  • Under 1 year

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

Jos

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Nigeria

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

Jos

What country is your selected Place located in?

Nigeria

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Jos is a place where I grew up, had my education and have been living for 22 years now. selected because of my understanding of the people, her favorable weather, the rich soil sample and its central location

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.

Jos, town, capital of Plateau state, on the Jos Plateau (elevation 4,250 feet [1,295 meters]) of central Nigeria. It lies on the Delimi River and near the source of the Jamaari River (called the Bunga farther downstream). situated almost bat the geographical center of Nigeria and about 179 kilometers (111 miles) from Abuja, the nation's capital, Jos is linked by road, and air to the rest of the country. 

Jos, with a high elevation and one of the coolest climates in Nigeria, has been a hill resort since the beginning of World WarII. Many of its streets are wide and tree-lined. The Jos Museum (1952)houses examples of terra-cotta figurines produced by the Nok culture, a civilization that flourished in the area probably between 500 BCE and 200 CE. there are deposits of kaolin (clay used in making ceramics) associated with the Tin fields, and they are also worked commercially. other local enterprises include food processing, beer brewing, and the manufacture of cosmetics, soap, and furniture. The heavy industry produces crushed stone. Jos also is a center for the construction industry and has several printing and publishing firms. The city has a population of about 900,000 residents based on the 2006 census and is estimated at about 1,200000 presently. home to the Berom people, a number of ethnic groups (Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, and others) also live here. 

 Sorghum, sesame seeds, millet, and acha (a grain known as hungry rice) are the chief staple crops in the area. farmers also cultivate cash crops yams, potatoes, cassava [manioc], corn [maize], and green vegetables. Milk products are supplied by the dairy at Vom, 18 miles (29 km) south-southwest.

agriculture and crop production has been the major source of lively hood for the people. 


What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

1200000

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

Part of the environmental challenges include the decrease in land size due to the continuous increase in population growth and the industrialization ie building of facilities for housing and factories for production etc. these have led to the exerted pressure and scarcity of natural resources including lands. Climate change also impacts widely on agricultural productivity in Jos being that rainfall is mostly relied on hence any delay would lead to disorders eg.droughts, floods heatwaves, etc

 

One would find that part of the challenges faced is that a lot of people do not have affordable access to protein-rich food and mineral-rich vegetables hence leading to malnutrition in children and mineral deficiency in general.

 

In relation to economics, the high and increasing cost of farm inputs is great a threat to farming in Jos in the sense that farmers could hardly afford and access fertilizers, quality seed, irrigation tools, mechanized farming and a whole lot leading to low output as it is.

 

Negligence in proper testing of the soil sample, excessive use of fertilizers and chemicals adding toxic substances to the soil could vis-a-vis affect human health as plants absorb these toxic substances and are released into the food chain. this could be considered part of the cultural challenges faced. 

 

Limited machines and tools for propagation, scarcely available veterinarians and research facilities which result in low output for crops and high mortality in the case of livestock are considered part of the technological challenges.

 

In terms of the policy, high interests placed on loans and the rigid conditions attached to applying makes credit facilities inaccessible.

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

Because of the increase in agribusiness that would be brought about by the project, there will be need to substantially train other people on the skills of integrated farming thereby increasing the need for more arable farmlands leading to abetter ecosystem and increased food security. the integrated system would include drilling an underground water source at the different axis of the farm location which means clean portable water would be accessible not just for farm use but to the community as well. this will help deal with droughts in the long run.

 

The produce from the farm project ie catfish, pork, vegetables, and sesamum seed will be made available, utilized, stable, and accessible to people in the area and stores within which should curb malnutrition and deficiency. 

 

Water waste from the fishponds and manure from the piggery would be used to fertilize the crop field and the greenhouse in other to reduce the need for fertilizers thereby cutting down cost and having healthy organic food plants. plant waste from the greenhouse would be used in mixing feed for the pigs and also fertilizing the fishponds.



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.

a hub/interest group for farmers would be created by the project team basically to pass information and hands-on training on the skills of integrated farming for already and intending farmers building a generation of agri-business minded entrepreneurs, job creation, improved heathy living, profitability in the agro-economic sector by large scale production and strong distribution channels for better access.   

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

 this vision is seen as a future milestone for food security by the use of the renewable energy in the farm to reduce dependency on the external production inputs thereby cutting costs and leading to stability in the firm.

the replication of this vision would mean that enough arable lands would be made available purposely for the production of food on a large scale that would be made accessible to individuals and increased export capacity for an agro-economic boost.


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Hi ifeanyi george  welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!
It is lovely to see you draft out a Vision for your region to promote integrated farming and create new employment opportunity for the farmers.

Make sure you detail out your Vision and review your final submission through the Pocket Guide to support you through the final hours of wrapping up your submission. This will give you the most important bullet points to keep in mind to successfully submit your Vision.
Here is the link to the pocket guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o8WGMus6-V8GywWdlNwmCpk7I1fMVzcQ/view

Look forward to seeing your submission finalised by 31st January, 5:00 pm EST.