Processing Tomatoes to Combat Postharvest Loss
We train, engage and empower rural youths and women in tomato processing to help combat tomatoes postharvest losses in Nigeria
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Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Secondary Focus Area
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Location(s) of impact
Nigeria: Kaduna State, Kano State
Sample pack of our Tomato powder and puree
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
Nigeria is recognized as the third largest producer of tomatoes in the world yet we remain the largest importer of tomatoes from Italy and India, as recorded, the annual demand for tomatoes in Nigeria is about 2.4million tons but our farmers produce up to 1.5million tons but 0.7million tons is lost postharvest as a result of glut while smallholder farmers are the most affected leading to loss or bankruptcy
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
Nafarm foods was created as a social enterprise to run an inclusive business model by working with farmers and youths in rural communities preserving tomatoes through processing into dried tomatoes, tomato powder and tomato puree to ensure postharvest losses is reduced to barest minimum while reducing wastage and increasing revenue, our inclusive value is as follows;
1. Processing excess tomatoes harvested into tomato powder and puree to prolong the product shelf life and avert possible postharvest losses
2. Training the farmers, youths and women in processing and preservation techniques to widen the scope of impact
3. Fabricating affordable dryers and boilers for farmers to support them in the fight against postharvest loss
4. Packing, branding and creating market for the processed tomatoes
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
I started my initiative in 2015 and have acquired the following notable achievements;
1. About 800tons of tomatoes being processed which means we’ve averted 800tons of tomatoes from wasting
2. 126 farmers currently registered with our program who are also supplying us their excess harvest of tomatoes for later payment
3. About 200 youths have been trained in tomato processing and packaging while about 80 have been fully equipped and engaging with the market
4. My target region is currently Kaduna and Kano States and we are working with the Ministries of Agriculture in these region
I am a TEF Alumni – I was among the 2016 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program cohort, I also received; 2016 Africa Entrepreneurship Award, The 1st All Africa Postharvest Technology Award – 2017 in Nairobi Kenya, GAIA Agtech (Gender for Agribusiness Investment in Africa) Award – 2017 in Accra Ghana
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
My initial capital (about $1430) was raised from my personal savings and the fund was used on equipment and R&D
In 2016, Tony Elumelu Foundation supported us with $5,000 which also helped us through our development stage and also enabled us to launch
We setup a small tomato processing facility where we produce tomato powder and puree for our current customers while we also earn profit of about 25% as our ROI (Return-On-Investment)
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
Our product comprise of tomatoes, onions, pepper & bell pepper which gives consumers a better taste
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
It was around April 2014 when I realized consumers face an exorbitant cost of purchasing tomatoes as a result of scarcity where tomatoes cost about $2/Kg whereas it cost about $0.03/kg on farms between January to April but as soon as rainfall begins scarcity hits the market, that motivated me into researching possible solution then I realized tomato postharvest loss plays major role and since I don’t have the financial capacity (like the big corporations) then I decide to adopt a business model based on pulling the power of a social inclusion
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