Agriculture presents a key to national growth; it is a way of improving food security and reducing unemployment. It can do more. It can be a major employer of Nigeria’s youth. To achieve this, agriculture should be commercialized. It should be seen as a business, with enough profits to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Agriculture can be more lucrative, competitive and dynamic. We are believers in the country’s ongoing Agricultural Transformation Agenda which currently puts rural farmers interest at the front seat.
OneLife Initiative is in a partnership with IFDC to empower small-holder farmers in Oyo state. Through this, perhaps our farmers will be able to maximize their potentials, and contribute their quota to national growth. The project hopes to connect farmers with every step of the agricultural value chain: production, processing and marketing.
At OneLife, we believe that with the right skills, the right connections, the best-practice trainings, these farmers would begin to see themselves as businessmen.
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a public international organization addressing critical issues such as international food security, the alleviation of global hunger and poverty, environmental protection and the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency. IFDC focuses on increasing productivity across the agricultural value chain in developing countries. This is achieved by the creation and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.
OneLife Initiative is working in partnership with IFDC to develop the maize value chain in Oyo and Ogbomoso town through working relationship with farmers groups via their cooperatives and interaction with other actors on the maize value chain.
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is one of the world’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Established in 1967, their award-winning research for development (R4D) addresses the development needs of tropical countries. Their work improves crop quality and productivity, reduces producer and consumer risks, and generates wealth from agriculture.
IITA is offering OneLife Initiative capacity as an Ag Implementer on its Aflasafe Project which is being introduced to the about 1,000 farmers and several cooperatives that OneLife works with.