Boosting social entrepreneurship

By Omolola Afolabi

MyFarmbase, an agric-tech social enterprise that leverages technology for research and advocacy, is helping Nigerians start, grow their business and create employment.

The focus is on exchanging knowledge on entrepreneurship. In addition, people get access to a wide range of online training, which are tailor-made towards building the skills of entrepreneurs.

With over half of working adults  employed in agriculture, improving agricultural productivity is an important way to raise living standards.

My Farmbase is promoting the adoption of better farming technologies, which include improved agricultural practices, input, crop varieties, and other products like crop insurance or innovative lending products – to increase agricultural productivity and improve livelihoods.

According to its Marketing and Communications Manager, Temitope Adaramoti, the organisation holds online fora to discuss how coronavirus (COVID-19) and its subsequent lockdown will affect the agric sector and to also forge a way ahead.

She said: “It is important for farmers and agriculturist to be armed with adequate information on the economic implications of the aftermath of the pandemic, especially in the farming communities in Nigeria.’’

She said the organisation held an online forum on building resilience for small holder farmers’post-COVID-19, involving speakers, such as Head, Partnership for Developing Countries, Bayer, Mark Edge and Regional Director for Africa at the CGIAR’s International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Dr Debisi Araba.

She reiterated the readiness of MyFarmbase Africa to identify several gaps in the market and to connect smallholder farmers with opportunities to expand their businesses.

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