1. School Growers’ Initiative

We are creating a generation of young farmers who will close the gap of food security, infrastructure and environmental challenges.

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  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Aerobic Farms Limited

Year founded

2014

Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $250k - $500k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: City

Klm 130 Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Hossana Bus stop, Academy, Ibadan, Oyo State. Nigeria.

Location(s) of impact

Nigeria 1: Ibadan
Nigeria 2: Oyo, Iwo, Lalupon

Website

http://www.aerobicfarms.com.ng

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/AerobicFarmsLimited/

Twitter URL

https://twitter.com/adewumidennis

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

We are a country that has major issues with nutrition, eating habit, infrastructural and of portable water.Land ownership system poses a direct disincentive effect on agricultural production, also sustaining social programs in schools over time by government and its institutions is becoming a problem, involvement of youth into the agricultural sector remains pitiable. Agriculture is perceived by many rural youth as a ticket to drudgery and lack of modern agricultural techniques and agribusiness practices.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

We have initiated a social group in collaboration with schools in rural area. We have a modern nursery with capacity to produce 500,000 seedlings of all kind of crops. Students/teachers are trained on modern agricultural techniques and agribusiness. Agreement to provide seedlings and other inputs to schools in return the schools provide land which hitherto are most in abundant but unused by the school especially in the rural area. Farm management and operation will be jointly handled by the student and us. Proceed from the farm will go to the school, and to provide basic infrastructure for the school and it communities and us at equal rate. The aimed is to: demonstrate to the students that agriculture can be very interesting and lucrative, provide basic amenities for the school and its communities e.g. borehole water,electricity, empower students who may wants to engage in agriculture in future, eradicate malnutrition in the rural area and to keep our business going.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Three years ago we started with 2 schools and as at today the participating schools have grown to 6 with total population of 650 students involved. We current have interest from 100 schools waiting to participate in this scheme. Land areas in most school which are hitherto unused have been fully cultivated and as at today 300acre of land is been used to plant Mango, Citrus and Papaya, vegetables and forest trees. 6boreholes each have been provided for the participating schools to provide water for irrigation and drinking. Last year an inter-school sport competition was organised in a newly re-grassed sport field fully funded by the scheme. 50 students participated in our maiden excursion to Institute of Tropical Agriculture.The initiative is supporting the sustainability of the Federal Government School feeding programme and serving as a key for raising schools income needed for equipping library, toilets, etc. We generated 4,600$ on vegetable alone this year.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

This project is currently being supported from earned income from the sales of vegetables. We currently have more than 100,000 seedlings of various vegetables and other inputs to be distributed to participating schools. We are committing 5,000$ for the running of the idea. To ensure sustainability, the generated income becomes revolving fund for all year rounds from fruits,vegetable and timber production. Over 50,000 mango and citrus trees will start production in 2years time and return will help us to build a fruit juice factory which will be an up taker of our fruits. The return from vegetables is helping to sustain immediate needs of other farm financial needs. We are hopeful that the grant from Nestle will give us the financial impetus to achieve the aim of this wonderful project.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

The project anchors on student population and large expanse of unused land belonging to various schools running to thousand of acres. The idea is uniques because it is a mutual business relationship and sole aim is to cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship in students by Jointly exploit available resources to develop their area through income generated from fruits and vegetables production and fight malnutrition and disease by eating well balance diet from available farm produces.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Four years ago when we established our nursery in village called Shagbe. We noticed that life and educational activities in the rural area is terribly bad. Most schools have diaplidated structures. It is very sad and disheartening to see young one looking emancipated due to malnutrition. Basic amenities were non-existent the standard of education is poor. Parents of these students engaged in very tedious subsistence agriculture with little to show for it, early marriage and unwanted pregnancies among youths. I became very sad on a particular day some pupils visited me in my office and could not identify a television .Everywhere you go, you see land cover with bushes. It is because of this we are spurred to start joint mutually benefit business idea that will tackle food security and rural infrastructure development by a way of providing input and modern farming technologies

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Nestlé page or contact

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Good job

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