Production of Poultry-Based Pelleted Manure for Rural Farmers

To establish value chains for poultry wastes for the realisation of its economic, agricultural and environmental potentials.

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  • Yes, I'm eligible

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  • English

Organization name

Agricology Enterprise

Year founded


Initiative stage

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

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 500 - 1,000

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: City

4 Anike Plaza N0 1 Nickdel Road, Alegongo Bus Stop, Akobo Ojurin, Ibadan, Oyo State. Nigeria

Location(s) of impact

Nigeria 1: City A: Ibadan Nigeria2: City A:Idi-Ayunre, City B:Barack, City C: Epe


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

World agriculture urgently needs solutions capable of improving global food production.Our current agricultural practices do not allow for proper soil humus regeneration. Consequently, virtually all the food we eat lack adequate minerals for healthy life. Livestock waste is becoming a serious environmental hazard. The danger poses by poor poultry waste management to animal and man is becoming a global challenges, Wet poultry waste is difficult to use for crop production. scarcity of fertiliser is a perennial problem

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

In Nigeria, about 10million metric tones of poultry manure is produced annually from poultry farms, less than 10 percent of this is used in raw form for crop production. Chicken manure fertiliser is very high in nitrogen and also contains a good amount of potassium and phosphorus. For rural farmers especially women who plant vegetables, we provided land for poultry farmers to use as a dumping ground for their waste, thereafter, we compost, dry, sanitise and pelletised it. This will remove the odour, make it easy to use on the farm and transport. It will be easy to store for later use. The challenges many poultry farmers face to manage their poultry waste will be well mitigated. Rural farmers will have access to a cost effective and available fertiliser. All over the world, the organic food is becoming a premium because of its health benefit. Producing foods from poultry waste will aid organic food production and safe growing medium that is environmentally friendly to people and pets.

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

Six years ago there was an outbreak of virulent bird flu disease in Nigeria which cost the poultry farmers million of dollars However, part of safety and bio-security measure is proper waste management. Since we have been able to help poultry farmer to manage their waste, farmers now have clean and safe environment for their poultry farm. Water pollution hitherto a major problem where poultry farms are sited has completely eradicated because of the provision of land we avail the farmers to dump their waste. More than 500 mostly women now have access to avoidable and very effective chicken-based pelleted manure. Land that are hitherto unproductive have been reclaimed for agricultural purpose. Many nursery businesses and golf course now patronise our fertiliser. An NGO who provide input for rural women buys our fertiliser for their clients. Our sales has increase over 2 years by 150% and customers base from 100 in 2014 to approximately 1,000 farmers today.

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

The initial personal contribution was 10,000$. In 2015 we won a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur Foundation award of 5,000$, This help us to provide more land as dumping site for poultry around our locality. Earned from sales contribute about 80% for running of the project. The project had been self sustained without any loan but we are limited in capacity to produce more to meet our market demand valued at over 1million USD. If we are lucky to win the Nestle award, we will be able to buy a plant with capacity to produce 120Metric Ton per day. The raw materials are increasing due to many people coming into poultry business. We are planning to fortify our product with some beneficial micro-organism that will increase the level of plant nutrient in the soil. e.g. Mycoriza. The future is bright.

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

Animal manures have been used as natural crop fertilizers for century, but it uses and availability is hampered due to its odour, wetness, and high level of ammonia which is harmful to animal and man. Raw Poultry litter if not treated can burn crop. But with our innovation, poultry waste passes through a series of treatment like composting, drying, sanitising, fortifying and pelletising. This will make it odourless, easy to use, store and transport, plant and ecosystem friendly. WASTE TO WEALTH

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

As I grow up, I help my parent in their poultry farm , one major challenges I noticed is how they manager the poultry waste. Most time it became a serious nuisance to the environment and danger to the animal and their staff. Meanwhile, during planting season I also noticed that many farmers from the north comes in search of dry poultry waste. I have seen mountain of poultry waste in the bush where they are set on fire! Yet, it is painful to see many vegetable farmers lamenting for lack of fertiliser to use and when it is available, it comes at an unaffordable rate. No doubt there is a need for fertiliser, the raw materials to use is in abundance, How to make it easily available in a right state became a turning point and which I have decided to do.

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

  • Upon recommendation from others


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Your project looks interesting and helps to solve an environmental hazard and pollution. The acceptance of the product in its nicely processed form is good. The N-P-K value 4-3-3 +1.3 MgO looks a little lower for use by cereals but very okay for vegetables. We suggest you add other organic plants like moringa to beef up the value. Addition of micro-organisms can be an advantage also but definitely addition of chemical mineral components must be avoided so that the product maintains its organic classification. There is the need to establish a strong financial sustainability plan to ensure growth. Please highlight the involvement of the community especially female farmers in the value chain and their shared value in it. Put down a strong feasibility and marketing plan and you will be able to get investors to be interested in your project. Kudos.


A well thought and highly innovative. With your idea, you have come to the aids of both poultry and vegetable farmer. We need this in most rural area where 90% of vegetables produce are coming from. One of the best idea. keep it up!