PROMOTING KITCHEN GARDENING IN NORTHERN NIGERIA URBAN CITIES.

We are in business to contribute to urban food supply,food nutrition, food security, economic development and climate mitigation.

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Initiative's representative name

VICTOR JUMMAI TELA

Initiative's representative date of birth

2nd JULY 1976

Initiative's representative gender

  • Woman

Headquarters location: country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: city

SOKOTO

Where are you making a difference?

SAME

Website or social media url(s)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/topcity-farm-88096619a

Date Started

JUNE 2011

Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working toward the next level of expansion)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €1k - €10k

Organization Type

  • For-profit

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

Northern Nigerian urban population has increased in the north as a result of Boko Haram insurgence, 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

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Food is one of the basic needs for human existence; no life can survive without daily intake of food. A lot of urban dwellers in Nigeria are poorly nourished. The cause of urban malnutrition is poverty; a healthy diet would cost the average poor household almost all of its income. we are in business to supply urban dwellers with fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables all year round at an affordable prices.We will achieve this through a sustainable garden business to serve urban cities

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

. Our business model leverage on market gardening and home garden initiative. We will work closely with urban women to improve sustainable agriculture in Northern Nigeria. Our goal is to involve women in setting home garden, micro garden (using warned out car tyres, empty bottle, plastics and sacks) where they will be trained on how to cultivate fruits and vegetables and also the use of • technologies in home garden • conserving biodiversity of vegetables and fruits • training women in seed production • empower them with capital • market their surplus produce

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

Topcity has built a simple and new way to grow fruits and vegetables all year round, we use rice bran, dried leaves, groundnut hay, millet straw and food waste collected from neighbouring houses and form them into organic manure mixed with soil to have a rich and fertile soil. Because a well fed soil with food compost gives 60% yield. We are adopting an eco-friendly farming practices that produces more and reduces food contamination, health risk, and protecting the environment. This is the technology that Topcity operate in their market farming garden. We will also equip and empower the selected urban women on the home gardening initiative so that we can farm sustainably and feed lots of urban dwellers.

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

Our goal is to involve women in setting home garden, micro garden (using warned out car tyres, empty bottle, plastics and sacks) where they will be trained on how to cultivate fruits and vegetables and also the use of technologies in home garden conserving biodiversity of vegetables and fruits training women in seed production empower them with capital market their surplus produce This will help low-income urban household to grow their own food as a way of improving the quality of their diet, saving cash to spend on other needs and earning income from the sales of surplus. They can cultivate traditional leafy vegetables that significantly contribute to the family nutritious diet and security in the cities by boosting the physical supply of fresh produce at affordable prices to low income urban household.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

We are in the business of market garden in Sokoto state, leveraging on the vast opportunities available We are contributing to growing greener cities and building Nigeria economy in national food production and healthy food production to urban dwellers.. According to the National Bureau of statistics in 2017 Nigeria population was projected at 400 million by 2050 and 280 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 100 urban women to build an effective urban fruits and vegetables supply system that provide fresh produce at affordable price.We work with women in northern Nigeria and later plan to work with women in other cities in Nigeria.Promoting home gardening in urban cities in Nigeria will help in achieving food nutrition and security.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

our strategies for scaling impact is through promoting home gardening in urban cities in Northern Nigeria.By so doing we will; Reduce food transport cost Create urban green belt Recycle urban wastes as a production resourcePromote the production, delivery and affordability of fruits and vegetables We will feed lots of urban dwellers in Nigeria Create access to affordable food in cities Create efficient supply chains Reduce food lost and waste Reduce hunger, malnutrition and food related illness in urban areas Create opportunities for household to produce their own food Urban access to health and sustainable food for all by 2050 global food system Help fight zero hunger challenge in Nigeria Food will now come from farm to fork.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

Our social impact initiative is improving urban women livelihood and income. A partnership with home gardeners to lower the cost of production and maximize value for both parties which will enhance sustainability and run on the following; • Use digital marketing to promote our products and services • Employ youth (immigrants) • Excellent customer services Well qualified team Competitive pricing Offer free training to urban women on home gardening Urban sanitation by collecting household food waste Providing solution to perennial post-harvest looses Delivery of healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables to urban household Help in input supply Mobilization of credit to home garden

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

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.We plan to sustain our business in the short and long term by 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

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Topcity is a sole proprietor business. It is headed by Victor Jummai Tela and 4 other staff. Mrs. Victor Jummai Tela (CEO) she is a spices farmer and processor, and she has used her experience in managing the business. She is in charge of finance and administration. Tela Usman Bishop (Co-founder). He is an agricultural extension agent, he has skills in extension services which include; extension education, farm management The 3 other staffs are partime who have skills in agribusiness.

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

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