Continuing education and secure supplies – back to the roots. Nigeria is fertile and local farmers need support through partnerships and sponsors.
Ibadan, Nigeria, 2022. The right direction has been taken. Back to self-sufficiency and against the rural exodus in Nigeria. For good reason, the German Development Ministry points out the following contradiction: „Farmers in Nigeria mainly produce rice, maize, potatoes and cassava. But their farms are small and the yields from the fields are low. Therefore, the country has to import food. The government spends about four billion U.S. dollars a year on rice alone. Yet good money could be earned from agriculture in Nigeria if modern techniques were applied. These include the use of high-quality seeds, adapted fertilization as well as good soil cultivation and proper storage of the produce.“
In Nigeria, demand for processed food is also growing – especially in urban areas. There are also opportunities here for rising farm incomes and new jobs in the agricultural industry – GrowExpress Ltd is part of the movement.
The Nigerian company GrowExpress Ltd. has been entrusted by the local Ministry of Agriculture with the management of an agricultural area of up to 800 hectares in size. The land in question was formerly used for agriculture and had not been cultivated since the 1960s following Nigeria’s oil boom. These areas are currently being cleared of ecologically non-valuable desertification for new agricultural use and are being prepared with due regard for soil and animal protection.
Creating good conditions – establishing partnerships – strengthening local farmers
GrowExpress Ltd does not farm the agricultural land alone, but strengthens local smallholders with a partnership program. Under central control and planning of the company, the local partners are trained and the yield on the land is extremely increased. GrowExpress Ltd supplies know-how, seeds and fertilizers to the local farmers, who also supply GrowExpress Ltd land in addition to their existing land. The clear structures and the purchase guarantees of the produced food after the harvest result in a supply security for the population, a strengthening of the rural area, prevention of rural exodus, the defense against monocultures. Another prerequisite for the care of the Muster Gut was that the land should not be farmed by large foreign corporations, but that Nigerian farmers should benefit.
Principles of cooperation
Agribusiness, which takes place on communal land, plays a crucial role in feeding the rural population. Productivity and profitability of small-scale farms are often low, significant storage and post-harvest losses are suffered due to lack of harvesting technologies, and long transport distances make marketing difficult. Other deficits include insufficient diversification of agricultural production, inadequate soil, pasture and water management, and insufficient promotion of innovative business models. In addition, the consequences of climate change are having a negative impact on land use and food production. Poor households and children are particularly affected by the lack of diversified food and feed predominantly on the staple food maize. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) currently classifies 425,000 of Namibia’s approximately 2.5 million people as severely food insecure, and 650,000 are severely food insecure, with approximately one-third of the population receiving food assistance. Current climate models predict a further deterioration of climatic conditions for Namibia due to extreme weather events, among other things, with corresponding negative consequences (crop failures, pest infestations, soil erosion and leaching, etc.). Africa is diverse and is seen from the outside as a black continent whose internal structure is often unknown. The extractivism of the economies, poor educational conditions and other development obstacles must be overcome.
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Managing Director – GrowExpress Ltd.
Cocoa House, Dugbe
GrowExpress Ltd office is located in Nigeria, Cocoa House, Dugbe, 200263 Ibadan. Completed in 1965 at a height of 105 meters, Cocoa House was once the tallest building in Nigeria and the first skyscraper in West Africa. It is located in Dugbe, one of the main commercial areas in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Grow Express Ltd. manages an estate of 800 hectares about 200 kilometers north of the megacity of Lagos, Nigeria. For more information, visit: https://growexpress.org
Kingsley Ekwueme – Managing Director
Cocoa House, Dugbe
200263 Ibadan, Nigeria
E-Mail : AtYourService@growexpress.biz
Telefon: +234 7031135981