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TOPCITY GARDENING FOR URBAN FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY IN NIGERIA.

To supply urban dwellers with fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables all year round.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Topcity Enterprises

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Farmer Co-op or Farmer Business Organization

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

  • 10+ years

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

Sokoto state Nigeria.

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?

Sokoto is a city located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, Sokoto state has a projected population of 5.2 million people.

What country is your selected Place located in?

Nigeria

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I am from Kebbi state a neighbouring state in Sokoto.I have been living in Sokoto for the past 38 years.My passion for farming began in Sokoto.Sokoto state is a home for me and a place where I find fulfillment in what I love doing.

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.

Sokoto is a city located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River. As of 2006 it has a population of 427,760.  Sokoto is the modern-day capital of Sokoto State (and its predecessor, the north-western State).

The name Sokoto (which is the modern/anglicised version of the local name, Sakkwato) is of Arabic origin, representing suk, 'market'. It is also known as Sakkwato, Birnin Shaihu da Bello or "Sokoto, Capital of Shaihu and Bello".

Being the seat of the former Sokoto Caliphate, the city is predominantly Muslim and an important seat of Islamic learning in Nigeria. The Sultan who heads the caliphate is effectively the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims.

Sokoto has a hot semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSh). It is located in the dry Sahel surrounded by sandy savannah and isolated hills.

With an annual average temperature of 28.3 °C (82.9 °F), Sokoto is one of the hottest cities in the world, however the maximum daytime temperatures are generally under 40 °C (104.0 °F) most of the year, and the dryness makes the heat bearable.[2]The warmest months are February to April, where daytime temperatures can exceed 45 °C (113.0 °F).The highest recorded temperature is 47.2 °C (117.0 °F), which is also the highest recorded temperature in Nigeria.The rainy season is from June to October, during which showers are a daily occurrence. The showers rarely last long and are a far cry from the regular torrential showers known in many tropical regions. From late October to February, during the 'cold season', the climate is dominated by the harmattan wind blowing Sahara dust over the land. The dust dims the sunlight, thereby lowering temperatures significantly and also leading to the inconvenience of dust everywhere in the house.

Over eighty percent (80%) of the inhabitants of Sokoto practice one form of agriculture or another. They produce such crops as millet, guinea corn, maize, rice, potatoes, cassava, groundnuts and beans for subsistence and produce wheat, cotton and vegetables for cash. Local crafts such as blacksmithing, weaving, dyeing, carving and leather works also play an important role in the economic life of the people of Sokoto; as a result different areas like Makera, Marina, Takalmawa and Majema became important. Sokoto is also one of the fish producing areas of the country. Thus a large number of people along the river basin engage in fishing as well.

Sokoto is equally endowed with natural and mineral resources. Agro allied industries using cotton, groundnut, sorghum, gum, maize, rice, wheat sugar cane, cassava, gum Arabic and tobacco as raw materials can be established in the area. Large scale farming can also be practiced in the state using irrigation water from Goronyo Dam, Lugu, Kalmalo, Wammakko and Kwakwazo lakes among other


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

35000

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

5200000

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

Urban horticulture was officially launched in Nigeria under the Federal government Operation Feed the Nation of 1978 – 80 which encourage urban resident to grow crops around their homes on vacant land as a food and income.

At that time the urban population was 16.6 million and more than 48 million Nigerians lived in the rural areas. Much has changed since then over the three decades the total population has more than double to 162 million and is projected to be 280 million by 2050. Nigeria rates of urbanization are very high. Today half of all Nigerian lives in towns.

Northern Nigerian urban population has increased in the north east as a result of Boko Haram insurgence,In north west, herdsmen (cattle Rustlers), kidnappers, as well as immigration for economic opportunities and security. This change has intensified the dependence on peri-urban agricultural production. In Nigeria prices of food items have sky rocketed for some time now and these rises makes many urban household in the country to adjust compulsory by taken less nutritious food. Half of dwellers are employed or self-employed and household spent up to 80% of their income on food. Nationally 40% of urban population lives below poverty line and there is evidence that the severity of poverty has increased more in urban than in rural areas in Nigeria

Despite the contribution of market gardens to nutrition food security and livelihood. Urban horticulture is largely ignore in Nigeria development planning and investment, it has been held back by a lack of land, water, credit input and agricultural extension advice, improved technologies and marketing infrastructure. The main obstacles to urban horticulture in Nigeria are current urban land use policies that make no provision for horticulture. Urbanization has already claimed agricultural lands and lands suitable for horticulture is being taken for housing, industries, and infrastructures. Absence of policies support has left fruits and vegetables growers in Nigeria with limited access to land, water, credit, and input and extension services. In Nigerian cities, there are no provisions of irrigation for horticulture fruits and vegetables growers make their own water source. From our own research, we found out that fruits and vegetables grower in Nigeria use chemical fertilizers, spray pesticides excessively for fear of losing crops and income.

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

Topcity is in the business of gardening, processing, packaging and marketing of fruits, vegetables. Our business is based on the outskirt of Sokoto metropolis in Nigeria. We are in business to leverage on the vast opportunities available in urban horticulture to contribute our growing greener cities, Nigeria economy in national food production and healthy food production to urban dwellers. According to the National Bureau of statistics in 2017 Sokoto population was projected at 5.2 million by 2050 and 2.8 million of these people are projected to live in the cities, this will significantly increase the demand for fruits and vegetables. In order to address this gap, Topcity has setup an initiative to boost urban horticulture in northern Nigerian by empowering, equipping and cooperating with urban women to build an effective urban fruits and vegetables supply system that provide fresh produce at affordable price. We plan to kick-start the initiative with women in northern Nigeria and later to other cities in Nigeria.


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.

Promoting home gardening in urban cities in Sokoto Nigeria will help achieve the following;

  • Create employment
  • Reduce food transport cost
  • Create urban green belt
  • Recycle urban wastes as a production resource
  • Promote the production, delivery and affordability of fruits and vegetables
  • Promote the consumption of sustainable  and healthy fruits and vegetables
  • Support fruits and vegetables retailing and marketing business

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

Topcity is taking advantage of creating green zones for horticulture in northern Nigeria cities by promoting home garden. We will engage urban women in an eco-friendly cultivation practices that will make us grow more fruits and vegetables while cutting production cost.

Products and Services

  • Cultivation of fruits and services
  • Sales of organic fertilizers
  • Food processing and packaging
  • Training farmers in organic farming
  • Greener cities campaign
  • Women’s health
  • Home gardening empowerment for women
  • Waste management
  • School environmental sustainable campaign
  • Youth empowerment
  • Financial inclusion
  • Nutrition education for girls and women


How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Website

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