A major problem of subsistence agriculture, which accounts for over 60 per cent of Nigeria’s community commercial farming, is the avoidable agricultural wastes, that trail fresh produce from farms to markets.
Local female farmers in Abuja, Benue and Niger states may have found means to keep their produce fresh, as African Community Bridge Foundation (ACBF), takes sustainable agricultural practices to communities to ensure food security, employment and empowerment for Nigerian women.
Business Development & Conservation Manager, ACBF, Nawal Fakry, says the foundation promotes sustainable lifestyle through trainings that support increased organic farming practices with a modern twist.
“Although small scale farming is popular, and organic, it’s not really hygienic. Crops are irrigated with water from rivers which affects produce negatively. Foods rot on the way to the market, because they are not properly packaged. ACBF trains women to actively engage in environmental sustainable farming, as well as proper packaging to keep produce fresh, from the farm to the kitchen”.
She argued that organic farming is cheaper, as it requires use of compost easily found from wastes, as opposed to purchasing non-organic fertilizers.
With the foundation’s target to train 50,000 farmers on sustainable farming practices and also empower 100,000 entrepreneurs, much needs to be address, considering that not all of the training packages are free.
Fakry, however, emphasizes that all trainings contents are measured for their business potentials. “Our next target is catering and packaging of non-diabetic and sugar free food for the diabetic population. Diabetics are never really sure of what they eat, when they eat at restaurants because the meals are already prepared. It’s a very important demographic to address,” she added.