AgricRadioJan 28, 2021
WEBINAR - The Green Dream : Above & Beyond
Farmcrowdy turns 5 on Sunday 14th November! As part of the celebrations, we assembled a great panel to engage with Agriculture and Food enthusiasts in Nigeria.
Dr. Andrew Kwasari is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture as well as the Head of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development/Projects for Agricultural coordination and Execution (FMARD/PACE) Secretariat
Dr. Angel Adelaja-Kuye @missadelaja is a development consultant and entrepreneur. She also works as a consultant to the Governor of Ogun state as a Senior Special Assistant on Agriculture. She is founder of Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services, an urban farming and Ag-tech company in Abuja. They bring together communities/technology, and focus on engaging youths in agriculture with technology. Dr. Angel is on the Advisory Board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Program and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She currently mentors aspiring young entrepreneurs. Dr.Angel will be speaking on the topic - 'The Agritech Dream and how best to increase investments in the Agriculture Industry'.
Ibrahim Maigari is the Founder of @riceafrika_ and Co-Founder of Livestock 247. Livestock 247 is an Ag-tech company connecting stakeholders in the livestock value chain with profitability. From studying Law at the University of Maiduguri and an MBA at Ahmadu Bello University, he uses his businesses to promote food security, improved livelihood, and access to a structured market in the food value chain
Tough Talk : Understanding the Dynamics of Consumer Behaviour in Food Chain Marketing with Tope Sanni
‘Tope Sanni (@topesanni) is the Co-founder and Managing Partner in charge of Marketing, Sales and Operations of Olojede Farms Company (@olojedefarms), which aims to be a reputable livestock farm that produces, distributes, and sells highly nutritious and healthy animal products including white meat (turkey and chicken), and eggs to its customers all over the country at prices relatively cheaper than the average market prices. Olojede Farms is committed to raising its livestock according to high animal rearing standards, adopting sustainable and eco-friendly farming practices.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and an MBA (Marketing) with a focus on Consumer Behaviour from The University of Lagos. ‘Tope Sanni is very passionate about ensuring Nigerians have access to healthy, affordable proteins with their new product #FeedaNigerianFamily and is actively campaigning against the use of harmful chemical preservatives and growth hormones for farm products.
Tough Talk : Prospects of Vertical Farming as an agent of Agric Development in Africa with Mr Mashel Ouko Nyagilo
Mashel Nyagilo Ouko is an agronomist and farmer with a good understanding of horticulture crops management having achieved over 6 years experience. He is an avid environmental conservation campaigner for ORGANIC farming techniques. In Macadamia, he is involved in Avocado for export, which minimizes pollution through innovation and creativity by promoting apiculture, vermicomposting and aquaculture projects in Africa, mainly in Kenyan communities.
Mr. Mashel bagged his first degree in Horticultural sciences from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and his second degree in Hydroponics and Agribusiness Management from the California Miramar University. In his professional career he is actively volunteering for organisations centered on agricultural innovation and development. Some of these organizations include; African Association for Vertical Farming, Green Border Foundation, Thika Limitless Group to mention a few.
Currently serving as a Consultant Agronomist for the Versatile growers on a part-time basis, Mr Mashel's goal in the agricultural sector is to ensure that African women and youths are empowered and fully engaged in the practice of agriculture in Kenya and Africa at large.
Tough Talk : Beginners Guide to getting it right with Greenhouse Farming with Chidinma Ezeh
Chidinma Ezeh describes herself as a Global poverty fighter, an Agro and Climate advocate with a heart for rural development and inclusion for national growth. She is a passionate Researcher and Production Agriculturist who is dedicated to improving the state of Agriculture in Africa through AI and technology by improving the livelihood of rural farmers through Agricultural training and innovations that foster better yields and profit.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Ekiti State University, Nigeria. With a heart for the world and head for business, she is enthusiastic about social change and development as she has volunteered over 5 years with ENACTUS in developing several community-based projects that address various United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) while proffering remarkable and sustainable solutions to her immediate community challenges. Currently, she works as a greenhouse assistant for the Emperor Integrated Farms and Projects. On a part-time basis, she handles training for the Raise a Farmer Initiative at Ado-ekiti, Ekiti state.
Tough Talk : Advantages of Legal Fortification for Small Scale Farmers in South Africa with Katlego Ngwane
Katlego Ngwane is the founder and CEO of Katika Consulting. Katli, as she's affectionally known, has a bachelor of laws (LLB) and a PG Dip, Management Principles from Henley. She is passionate about agriculture and sustainability and therefore aims to assist agricultural players in finding value added solutions to their legal compliance needs and challenges. SImilar to what we do over here, She also hosts Legal Boeremeisie podcasts on issues related to the agricultural sector.
She is also the co-founder and still currently a director of Kreamfields, an established waste management company focused on sustainable manufacturing, growing the circular economy and regenerative design of waste material, which she and her co-founder launched as a start-up.
She joins us all the way from South Africa.
Tough Talk : Extension Dynamics and its impact on Agricultural Development with Mr Akintobi Olanrewaju
Akintobi Olanrewaju is the CEO of Lanse Farms Nigeria, he is an Agricultural Extension Specialist with a focus on Agricultural technology to foster food security in Africa. he's the innovator behind Usurvey, a data collection mobile app for Agricultural researchers.
Mr Akintobi had his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, his Master’s degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology from The University of Abuja and currently, he is on his third degree in Agricultural information technology. Mr Akintobi is a lecturer of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development at the University of Dutsinma, Katsina state. He serves as business development manager for a fast-growing technology company, Wellahealth. He has also published research works both local and international in Agriculture and rural development. He created NaijaFarmer on Twitter where he shares farming and developmental information to foster good relationships with farmers and helps them maximize productivity.
Tough Talk : Blueprint for Success as an Agri-Business Owner with Mr Salam Habeeb Abayomi
Salam Habeeb Abayomi is an experienced Agripreneur, farmer and Agro-allied consultant. He's the founder of OTTAB Synergy Farms & Agro-Allied, an indigenous agribusiness, agro-allied and engineering contracting firm with notable experience in the Agricultural Engineering field, spanning a decade. Salam Habeeb Abayomi is a graduate of Agricultural Engineering from LADOKE AKINTOLA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY ,OGBOMOSO and has his masters degree from the same institution.
His farm, Ottab Synergy Farms is a 6000 capacity Broiler farm with 2000 layers capacity located in Kuta Road, Agbale, Ede, Osun state. He is also a cattle and Palm plantation owner. He has an appreciable experience, workforce and well-trained engineers that handle turnkey Agricultural projects such as Farm sitting/planning and Civil works (Livestock Building Construction), installation of Agricultural Machines as well as involvement in the supervision/project management in livestock welfare and management.
He joined us virtually all the way from Osun State.
AGRICSQUARE TALK SESSION : The Role of Effective Training for Agro-Businesses with Florent Okry
Florent Okry is the Regional Representative - West & Central Africa for Access Agriculture, a non-profit organisation that showcases agricultural training videos in local languages.
He is a graduate of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin and obtained a PhD in Social Sciences at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He has worked for more than 12 years with national and international organisations in agricultural R&D throughout West Africa during which he steered rural learning interventions, evaluated interventions dealing with farmer-to-farmer training videos and supported multi-stakeholder projects. Florent has a keen interest in local knowledge and development dynamics, and today, he will be speaking on the topic "The role of effective training for Agribusinesses"
Tough Talk : Succeeding as a livestock farmer in South Africa with Miss Keneilwe Raphesu
Keneilwe Raphesu is an animal farmer, with major interest in Cattle is the Director of Mogalemone (PTY)Ltd farm in Gauteng, South Africa. A pretty young farmer that she is, she takes the reins as second in command of Mogalemone farm, a 405-hectare mixed farming enterprise home to cattle, pigs and hundreds of hectares of soya beans, yellow and white maize meal. As the youngest of four children, Keneilwe would often mimic her father’s every move as she came from a generation of farmers and passed down their own skills to her father, former Limpopo University lecturer Dr Mamabolo Raphesu.
Tough Talk : The Real Turf of Agriculture in Nigeria with Mr Olumuyiwa Adepitan
Olumuyiwa Adepitan is the CEO of Integrated Cassava Processing & Allied Industries, a cassava farming & processing enterprise located in Ipele, Owo LGA of Ondo State, Nigeria. He graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria with a bachelor's degree in Architecture in 2004. Mr Olumuyiwa developed a passion for Agriculture as a result of his heritage as a son and grandson of farmers. He has a passion to #empower Rural dwellers and Promote Rural Development through the Growth of Agribusiness in Nigeria. Over the years, he has also acquired skills in project management, architecture, Construction, Agribusiness, etc, and industry knowledge in Business Strategy, Feasibility Studies, Design Research, etc.
Joining virtually all the way from Ondo state, Please join me to welcome Mr Olumuyiwa Adepitan on Tough Talk on Agric Radio.
Tough Talk : Adoption of Technology in Agriculture with Apeh Mary Uyo
Apeh Mary Uyo is an Agricultural Development Expert. She is passionate about creating value in Agriculture and bringing opportunities to farmers and investors. She is a passionate agronomist and an advocate for profitability for small scale farmers. Today we’ll be speaking on the subject “Adoption of Technology in Agriculture”
Tough Talk : Accessibility & Distribution of Farm Inputs for effective Yield. with Mr Kolade Dada
Mr Kolade Dada is the Managing Director of SeedCo Nigeria, a joint venture seed company between Seed Co West Africa Limited and SARO Agrosciences Nigeria Limited. Prior to that, he had spent well over a decade between SARO AgroScience & SARO Lifecare Limited in the capacity of Head of Business, Head of Sales, Brand Manager & Head of Marketing. A graduate of Agronomy & Pedology from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State Nigeria, he is also an alumnus of Lagos Business School.
FARMCROWDY : Radio Interview with Akindele Phillips on Inspiration 92.3FM
Date: Tuesday, May 11th, 2021
Topic: Maximizing Wealth Creation in Food Value Chain Through Digital Innovation.
Tune in to Inspiration 92.3fm.
The Rise of Software Technology in Agriculutre with Femi Royale
We had the privilege of hosting Mr Femi Royale, founder FarmBase Africa
Tough Talk : The Tides & Thrills of Aquacultural Farming in Nigeria with Miss Hairat Abimbola Ajao
Miss Hairat Abimbola Ajao is an Aquaculture expert and runs an aquaculture business that specialises in Fish farm management, Hatchery production, Fingerlings and Juveniles sales, Pond design and construction, Business plan and Investments Consultancy services. She is a graduate of Fisheries from the Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology, New-Bussa (FCFFT).
WEBINAR : Challenges & Opportunities of the Food Stuff Delivery Sector - with Ms Bobe Odunsi
Ms. Bobe Odunsi is the MD of Amazon Farms & Outlets, a Multi-Billion-Naira vertically integrated commercial farm project in Nigeria. It is Lagos' first City Farmers Market offering organic, farm fresh, healthy produce 7 days a week.. Before then, she was the Practice Manager for Hart Square in UK between August and October 2017. Prior that, she was the Senior Legislative Lead, Nigerian National Assembly between Sept 2011 and June 2015. This is after been the Head of Business Transformation and Process Improvement at ADIC Insurance Limited between Feb 2009 and August 2011. She is a graduate of Cardiff University where she obtained a Degree in Language & Communications.
Logistics for Enterprenuers in every value chain of agriculture is very tough. 3rd party companies do not hold the complete solution to deliver to customers. Government involvement doesn't seem to be enough. These and many other questions were posed to our guest speaker to share her views and recommendations.
Demystifying Grants & Partnership in Agriculture with Gladys Amiandamhen
Ms Gladys Amiandamhen is the business leader for Grants & Partnership in FarmCrowdy. She is saddled with the task of sourcing grants for the business both locally and internationally. Even for a business such as Farmcrowdy that is rich in pedigree and numbers, it is her responsibility to ensure communication with businesses aiming to deliver on effective collaboration to meet their goals. On this session, we shared some insightful details on how she goes about to get this done and also dropped some tips for businesses looking to do the same.
Tough Talk : Practice & Regulation of Agriculture in Zimbabwe with Ms Lucy Kundai Zvaraya
Agriculture in Zimbabwe is overseen by the Ministry of Agriculture. Agriculture accounts for 18% of Zimbabwe's GDP as of 2015. Agriculture enabled people to produce surplus food. There are different crops that farmers grow and some of these include, maize, sorghum, rapoko, groundnuts, round-nuts and beans. In this session, we had the priviledge of having Ms Lucy Kundai Zvaraya to discuss on how well farmers are faring in the southern part of Zimbabwe.
Ms. Lucy Kundai Zvaraya is qualified Agronomist for all farm advisory, based out of Zimbabwe. She also runs a consultancy outfit called AgronomyBae Consultancy that deals majorly in Farm Project Management, Farm Advisory & Budgets. Other things include farm advisory, employee training, crop choice, soil tests, budgets, project planning, crop nutrition, disease and pest management and all things Agronomy.
Tough Talk : Agribusiness and Agriculture Technology in Africa with Mrs Victoria Madedor
Mrs. Victoria Madedor is the Founder & CEO of AgricDrone4Africa. As a Agribusiness Fundraiser and Poultry Farm Management Provider, Mrs Victoria is also currently the Agribusiness Expert at BOI Investment and Trust Company, a subsidiary of the Bank of Industry Nigeria. Also a Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC); Senior Member, Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management; and Fellow, Institute of Agribusiness Management, Nigeria.
In order to successfully understand the SME space, she has undergone several trainings with London Business School (MOOC), Metropolitan School of Business, UK, and Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR Netherlands. As a result of her passion for youth & women development, Victoria is a volunteer mentor to the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Google Accelerator Launch Pad; LASG-Ready Set Work Program.
Tough Talk : Irrigation Technology and Food Security in Nigeria with Mr KENNETH OKONKWO
Mr. Kenneth Okonkwo is the Founder & CEO of IrriTech Nigeria, a business that provides life transforming Technologies for Smallholder Farmers, by providing them with low cost portable Solar Powered irrigation & Agricultural services.
He is also a U.S Consulate Carrington Youth Fellow, ONE Champion and Young Innovation Leaders Fellow. Today, we will be discussing, “Irrigation Technology and Food Security in Nigeria”. Please join me to welcome Mr. Kenneth Okonkwo to Tough Talk on Agric Radio, joining me virtually all the way from Abuja.
Tough Talk: Food Inflation in Nigeria with Mr. Oluwakotanmi Ojo
Mr Olukotanmi Ojo is the CFO of Farmcrowdy Ltd, a global Agtech company focused on helping stakeholders in the food value chain maximize their output and increase their profits with technology.
He is an experienced Chief Financial Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry skilled in Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, Treasury Management, Internal Control, FX management and Tax Planning. He is also an Agribusiness Enthusiast.
On this episode, he discusses Food Inflation in Nigeria as well as other current financial issues in Nigeria on Tough Talk.
WEBINAR : Agriculture, A Passion & A Solution - with Mr. Azeez Oluwole
We held our first Talk Session for the year on Friday 12th Feb 2021, and our special guest was Azeez Oluwole.
Mr Oluwole Azeez is the founder and CMO of FarmKonnect Ltd,an Agribusiness Company that connects Stakeholders (Investors, Farmers, Consumers and Agro-Allied Producers) in agriculture, with a view to improving agricultural practices towards enhancement of food security and it is based out of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He is also the President at Agricultural Social Entrepreneurship Foundation, an establishment centered around Youth & Women Empowerment, School Farm and Agric Club Initiative and Committed to Raising Giant Agripreneurs in Africa.
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As E Take Be : Talking Insurance for Farmers with Mr Akindele Phillips
The Nigerian Agriculture sector has suffered huge losses annually due to the lack of proper insurance coverage for smallholder farmers. This causes the industry to lose billions and causes farmers to lose their crops and properties. To curb this, Farmcrowdy Insurance serves as a bridge between smallholder farmers and affordable and seamless insurance policies. The business provides access to life, crop, health, and property insurance for farmers and other low-income participants in the food value chain.
To know more about Farmcrowdy Insurance, the Co-Founder and Chief Risk Officer, Mr. Akindele Phillips, who leads Farmcrowdy Insurance, has explained what the business is all about, its goals, achievements, and how you can benefit from it. In partnership with AXA Mansard & Peak Trust, you can now buy microinsurance for yourself or for your dependents and enjoy services such as; Life Insurance, Hospi-Care Cover, Property Protection, and Crop Insurance. Express yourself this month of love by giving your loved ones a gift that extends for a long period of time. Simply click here or click the button below to get started.
Tough Talk: Pros and Cons of the Food E-Commerce Industry in Nigeria with Femi Aiki
Mr Femi Aiki is the CEO of Foodlocker, a one-stop shop for fresh foodstuff, sourced from local farmers and FMCGs and sold at fair prices based in Ibadan, Western Nigeria. He is a passionate advocate of good governance for business owners and SME businesses. Of all the many good stories behind the success of FoodLocker, the one that stands out the most is its continental recognition, among which is being one of the winners of African Development Bank Group 's $120,000 #AgriPitch competition late last year, Diamond Winner of about $50,000 in the Impulse Accelerator Award in the last quarter of last year as well among others.
On this episode, he talks about the pros and cons of the food e-commerce industry in Nigeria using Foodlocker as an example.
Straight Out Of Kitchen : Tips on how to create the best Naija Jollof
Tosin & Dami takes us through the journey of creating the best Nigerian made jollof among every other gist you can could have heard from the kitchen.
Tough Talk : A Spotlight on the Value Chain of Rice Production in Nigeria with Mr Ibrahim Maigari
Mr Ibrahim Maigari is a Lawyer, Technology Entrepreneur and Founder of RiceAfrika, Africa's first rice ONLY platform connecting all stakeholders in the value chain towards creating valuable interactions. As a strong advocate of Farming in Nigeria, he has been at the fore front of clamouring for the use of technology to improve local rice production in Africa. A seasoned professional who has worked in various industries in the past for the last decade, his latest foray has led him to the business of Rice Production and it is something he is very much excited about.
On this podcast, he talks about the challenges and success with being a Rice Farmer in Nigeria among many other things.