The following infographics are from Gro Intelligence. The founder’s presentation here about making food more affordable is as informative as the infographics below: helping those who care have clearer pictures of the state of our agricultural products in Nigeria.
Going by the data here, I doubt Nigeria farmers are any better off than Cote d’Ivoire in terms of price paid for their cocoa seeds. In our villages today where cocoa seeds are grown and harvested, hot chocolate (Bournvita/Milo) isn’t regular drinks for many folks, this is hardly surprising given they receive 6% of the price paid for chocolate.
Interesting is the fact that in spite of the increase in demand for cocoa seeds, the price paid to the farmers has significantly gone down compared to the 1980s – I can see why so many people are complaining, I actually didn’t know it has gone this bad.
There are too many middlemen with cocoa trading in Nigeria, farmers are always the one bearing the brunt as most rely on produce buyer to give them the best price. These buyers often have to pass through two or three people before cocoa seeds get out of the country.
This is just unbelievable about cassava. In south of Nigeria, cassava is our thing and one of the easiest root vegetables to grow. Now, it makes more sense, when I came across hectares of cassava plants in Thailand few years ago, I wondered if they too consumed cassava as much as we do but I know better.
To increase cassava processing, we’d undoubtedly require stable electricity, area we still shy away from but must be developed if we are to move forward.
But for how long can we rely on others to supply basics we could have easily produced ourselves?
My favourite infographic – inspiring to read that Ghana is taking a lead in land registration. In Nigeria, this is a hot debate. How can we ever move past ‘dark’ age when most rural land is undocumented?
Thank you Ms Menker for sharing these infographics.