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Fish farming is an act of rearing fish for commercial purpose. This involves building the earthen, tarpaulin or concrete pond, fertilizing the pond, stocking the fingerlings in good water and feeding the Mackerel, Tilapia or catfish till market size. While there are thousands of fish species...

As part of our goal to impact lives; Through the #LeaveNoYouthBehind Project, the YFarm team trained a vulnerable #youth and #women (young orphan, widow and out of school/unemployed youth) in Mpape Community with support from #WEP and #Women2030 partners, #FBIN and #AlexijanConsults on #Agribusiness Skills, SDGs, #Gender &Vulnerability at the Alexijan Farms (YFarm Pilot Farms) Mpape, Abuja on Friday May 25,2018.

Agribusiness a term coined by Goldberg and Davis in 1957 is the business of agricultural production which includes agri-chemicals, breeding, crop production (farming and contract farming), distribution, farm machinery, processing, and seed supply, as well as marketing and retail sales.
This business is one that earns and enjoys most of its revenues from Agriculture, It focuses on the processing, warehousing, distribution, marketing and retailing of products used in farming.
 
Every value-added chain process of Agriculture falls into this line of business.

Today, we had a tweet chat with the CEO of Dahrah Global Limited - a company which specializes in delivering world class ICT, Engineering and Agricultural solution. Through Dahrah Global; her agricultural brand FARMTIES bridges the gap between demand and supply in the agricultural value chain by trading agricultural commodities working closely with rural farming communities.

She explored the impact of agribusiness on the Nigerian economy and more importantly how individuals can engage in it.

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(Heliciculture/Heliculture) Snail Farming as it is commonly known; is the process of raising land snails specifically for human use, either to use their flesh as edible escargot, or more recently, to obtain snail slime for use in cosmetics, or snail eggs for human consumption as a type of caviar - Wikipedia.

Imagine a plate filled with snail and garnished with different food accessories! Wow.... Very sumptuous! Why then do we shy away from snail production.

Snail farming is one of the most lucrative and profitable agribusiness one can start with low capital. Though it is a neglected animal rearing business in Nigeria due to the old culture of going to the bush to pick snails in the villages during raining time, snail farming provides one of the finest opportunity to make money within a short period of time.

Our able CEO/Founder Nkiruka Nnaemego was at the 'Making Markets Matter Executive Education Program for the African Agribusiness Sector' organized by Market Matters Inc and Cornell University (USA) held at NH Lord Charles Hotel, Capetown, South Africa. She promoted and showcased NK Foods & Beverages like the Organic & hygienically packaged Coconut Oil (hot/cold pressed), Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder and Coconut Flour.

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson definitely knew what he was saying about Agriculture when he uttered such words, and we at FBIN support his words.

The YFarm Project has directly impacted lives of over 3,000 youth, females and stakeholders, as well as over 300,000 indirect beneficiaries through her publications, policy advocacy, public engagement, media and online campaigns, youth agric festivals (national and Africa), Bootcamps/trainings, community outreaches, documentary and participation/exhibition in national, regional and international events/conferences on agribusiness, climate smart agriculture and climate change. However, the project’s target is yet to be reached: promote and/or establish at least 10,000 youth-led climate smart farms and agribusinesses across Africa by 2020.

The third quarter meeting of the Women Agribusiness Finance (WAF) KIND Platform held on the 7th of May and different organizations under the platform were represented.

The YFarm Team coordinated the minutes and logistics for the meeting. Issues on financing for women farmers were deliberated on.

The MD of Bank of Agriculture was in attendance and he highlighted the different ways to access credit loans through the banks. He also talked on the dis-credibility of previous farmers who have been granted loans in the past but have refused to remit.

Environmental Sustainability

To understand while the need to sustain the environment we must first define what sustainability is. Sustainability is the ability to continue a defined behavior indefinitely.

According to Herman Daly, one of the early pioneers of ecological sustainability, he looked at the problem from a maintenance of natural capital viewpoint and in 1990 he proposed that

1. For renewable resources, the rate of harvest should not exceed the rate of regeneration (sustainable yield);

2. [For pollution] The rates of waste generation from projects should not exceed the assimilative capacity of the environment (sustainable waste disposal); and

3. For nonrenewable resources the depletion of the nonrenewable resources should require comparable development of renewable substitutes for that resource.

Therefore, Environmental sustainability is the rates of renewable resource harvest, pollution creation, and non-renewable resource depletion that can be continued indefinitely. If they cannot be continued indefinitely then they are not sustainable.

 The event was officially divided into two sessions.

The first session kicked off with the Welcome Address by National Network Coordinator (WANEP-Nigeria) - Ms. Bridget Osakwe, Opening Statement by OXFAM- Mr. Abdulazeez Musa, Goodwill Message by VFS President/Resource person- Professor Ayoola and Female Food Heroines.

Professor Ayoola, VSF President gave a talk on Vulnerability, Gender Needs and Good Practices. He started by saying that Vulnerability is a word that is general in every sense and not as everyone would relate it to the less privileged. He urged everyone to be aware the vulnerability can be seen in almost every aspect of life. Gender Needs; stressed on the need for gender equality. He referred to the fact that women suffer a great deal when it comes to the Agricultural sector and this is something that needs to be changed. Organizations are rising up everywhere to make sure gender equality becomes a normal in the country. Good practice is hence the icing on the cake for bo0oth Vulnerability and Gender Needs.