Nigerian Green Revolution

by Developed Africa 26. March 2014 09:00

For years now subsistence farmers have just been 'getting by', but that could soon change, in Nigeria in particular.

It appears as though despite a growing population with a growing unemployment rate, Nigeria may yet be able to take hold of its agriculture sector again. Especially since the government has started to address the agriculture problem as such, and has started to treat it as one that needs to be solved by industry, rather than by international aid. This is a good point from which to start to build up a booming agriculture sector, as once it is realised that aid cannot create a long term working economy, then the changes can begin to take hold.

Thanks to a new farming program, Babban Gona, there is hope for smallholder farmers to be able to effectively expand their production to commercial levels. 

Babban Gona trains farmers- franchises and offers them loans, then delivers seed and fertilizer directly to the farms on credit; district managers track production and dispense advice throughout the season."

But not only this, the program helps the farmers at harvest time, providing transport in the form of tractors they wouldn't otherwise have access to, as well as a processes the grain at its warehouse, and sells it on to large corporations, paying the farmers a quarterly dividend payment.

All this is a great advancement on what subsitence farmers are used to, but the struggle is setting up schemes like this one that always keep the farmers in mind. 

Click here to read the full story of how Babban Gona came into existence.


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